"19,500 metre Underground Program Scheduled for 2011"
Toronto Stock Exchange Trading symbol - CRJ AMEX - CGR
SASKATOON, SK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ - Claude Resources Inc. (TSX: CRJ) (AMEX: CGR) announces that it has launched Phase II Underground drilling at its 100 percent owned Madsen exploration property at Red Lake, Ontario.
The initial underground drill targets include the plunge and strike extensions of the 8 Zone as well as conceptual targets associated with the 8 Zone Trend. Phase I drilling successfully intercepted high grade gold mineralization down plunge of historic stopes within the 8 Zone as well as confirmed the development of a sub-parallel footwall target. The results suggest that the 8 Zone structure may be improving with depth as demonstrated by the two deepest intercepts to date returning feet 0.75 oz/ton over 25.92 feet and 0.71 oz/ton over 11.45 feet (see October 14 th, 2009 press release, 'Claude Resources Inc. Completes Phase I Drilling at Madsen Project, Red Lake, Ontario').Phase II drilling includes 19,500 metres (64,000 feet) in 25 to 30 holes and is anticipated to continue through to the end of 2011. Dewatering and rehabilitation of the Madsen Gold Mine is on-going with water levels currently 70 feet above the 17 th level. Drilling initiated in early April with a single rig on the 16 th level, 2,450 feet below surface, with a second platform and drill rig to be established on the level during the second quarter. "Our success in intercepting high grade gold during Phase I of the underground program supports our belief in the potential of the 8 Zone system and the Madsen property. The 8 Zone Trend has all the characteristics of high grade Red Lake systems and has seen limited exploration. Phase II underground drilling has the potential to significantly grow our existing resource base at the fully-permitted and infrastructure-rich Madsen property," stated Brian Skanderbeg, Vice-President Exploration, Claude Resources Inc. The 8 Zone ore lense was discovered in 1969 and mined between the 22 nd and 27 th levels through to mine closure in 1976. Phase I underground drilling demonstrated the 8 Zone is a series of high-grade, quartz-vein systems and silicification associated with a complexly-folded package of mafic and ultramafic lithologies. The system remains open in all directions and shows strong similarities to high grade mineralization characteristic of the Red Lake Belt. The Madsen Gold Mine, located in the town of Madsen, is approximately 10 kilometres from the town of Red Lake, Ontario and is in one of the highest grade gold districts in the world. The Madsen Mine was the third largest gold producer in the Red Lake camp behind the Campbell and Dickenson Mines with a total of 2.45 million ounces of gold produced over its 38 year mine life. The property currently hosts a National Instrument 43-101 compliant Indicated Resource of 928,000 ounces at 8.93 g/tonne and an Inferred Resource of 297,000 ounces at 11.74 g/tonne (see December 7 th, 2009 press release, 'Claude Resources Inc. Reports Independent NI 43-101 Resource at Madsen Mine'). In addition to Phase II underground exploration at the Madsen Project, Claude continues to focus on expanding the production profile and resource base at the Seabee Operation and advancement of its 65 percent owned Amisk Gold Project in northeastern Saskatchewan. A Madsen property location map and longitudinal section are available on Claude's website www.clauderesources.com. Brian Skanderbeg, P.Geo. and M.Sc., Claude's Vice-President Exploration, is the Qualified Person who has reviewed and approved this news release. Claude Resources Inc. is a public company based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, whose shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX-CRJ) and the NYSE Amex (NYSE Amex-CGR). Claude is a gold exploration and mining company with an asset base located entirely in Canada. Since 1991, Claude has produced over 930,000 ounces of gold from its Seabee mining operation in northeastern Saskatchewan. The Company also owns 100 percent of the 10,000 acre Madsen property in the prolific Red Lake gold camp of northwestern Ontario and has a 65 percent working interest in the Amisk Gold Project in northeastern Saskatchewan. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information This document contains certain forward-looking statements relating but not limited to the Company's expectations, intentions, plans and beliefs. Forward-looking information can often be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "goal", "plan", "intent", "estimate", "may" and "will" or similar words suggesting future outcomes or other expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, intentions or statements about future events or performance. 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