Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced a summer drilling program in Northern Manitoba.
The new campaign will commence on the company’s Tower property, with 3,000 metres of drilling taking place on the site. Pending results from the drill program, Rockcliff plans on moving ahead with the site and pursuing a feasibility study and a preliminary economic analysis of the site.
With the Tower property, work on the site is continuing in consultation with the Norway House Cree Nation (NHCN) and the Manitoba government as part of the provincial government’s mineral development protocol. The Tower property is located about 130 kilometres from the Bucko Mill near Wabowden near Highway 6, with part of the property on NHCN land. It has an indicated mineral resource of 1.08 million tonnes with 3.73 per cent copper in a deposit associated with a 12-kilometre long copper corridor.
“The key objective from the first phase of the summer drill program is to establish the extent of the newly discovered extension to the south and west of the main deposit,” said Rockcliff CEO Alistair Ross ina news release. “If it is of significance it will influence where the drilling will go for the feasibility study that will follow a successful Preliminary Economic Analysis (PEA), currently underway with anticipated completion by end of July 2020. Of special note in obtaining this renewed drill work permit is the use of the Manitoba Government’s streamlined permitting process, announced by [Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development] Minister [Blaine] Pederson at PDAC [prospectors and Developers Association of Canada] in March 2020. The process has been very effective, especially considering the requirement to consult in virtual mode in order to manage COVID-19 protocols. Also of note is the continuing cooperation of our First Nations partner at the Tower Project, the Norway House Cree Nation. Their support in our permit application process was very helpful, and we look forward to extending the business partnership that benefitted both Rockcliff and Norway House. The relationship that Rockcliff is enjoying with NHCN at this phase of the project bodes well for a mutually beneficial relationship should the project proceed to construction phase.”
NHCN Chief Larson Anderson said his First Nation would continue working with Rockcliff, including supplying camp facilities and services at the site to Rockcliff workers.
“NHCN will continue to provide camp facilities as well as services such as cooks for camp meals, food provisions, and fuel. This is all part of NHCN’s future of developing themselves as a full partner for socially and environmentally responsible mining companies,” said Anderson.
Rockcliff operates four properties in Northern Manitoba - the Talbot, Tower and Rail deposits, other historical deposits including Bur and MacBride and the Bucko Lake Mill area near Wabowden.