‘Drill here immediately’: Burley finds more potentially fertile pegmatites to test at Canadian lithium project
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Mapping at Burley Minerals’ Chubb North lithium project in the Tier 1 province of Québec, Canada, has identified new pegmatite targets to drill test.
The company acquired 100% ownership of the Chubb project and its Gascoyne lithium projects in WA back in February.
Chubb is centred within the Manneville Deformation Corridor, which hosts Canada’s only operating lithium mine, the North America Lithium Operation (NAL), owned by Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA) and Piedmont Lithium Inc, with resources of 58Mt at 1.23% Li2O reported.
The region is also host to several other emerging projects, including the Authier lithium project, with resources of 17Mt at 1.01 % Li2O.
Prior to the acquisition, 43 diamond drill holes (covering 5,460 m of drilling) were completed across the site. Burley completed just under 5,200 m of diamond drilling between April and July of this year. In August, additional mapping with geochemical analyses at Chubb North, and a geophysical survey at Chubb central, were completed.
Diamond drilling has tested only 2 of the 35 mineral claims acquired – meaning there’s significant upside potential for the company.
“Burley’s recently completed fieldwork at the Chubb lithium project in Québec, Canada has identified, through mapping and field mineral geochemistry, potentially fertile pegmatites, and with permitting now complete, we plan to drill here immediately,” Burley Minerals (ASX:BUR) MD and CEO Stewart McCallion said.
Geological mapping coupled with pXRF mineral vectors determined that outcropping pegmatites at Chubb North show fertility indicators consistent with LCT pegmatites.
Burley has identified six targets and has gained additional approvals to allow drilling of the Chubb North pegmatite targets.
In addition, an Ambient Noise Tomography (ANT) survey has located sub-surface structural anomalies which may represent buried pegmatites to the northeast of Chubb Central.
“Drilling at Chubb Central has continued to infill and extend the mineralised zone down plunge,” McCallion said.
“The company has now completed approximately 7,000m of diamond drilling since April of this year combined with mapping, geochemistry and geophysics targeting.
“We are very encouraged about the new drill permitted targets which have opened a large, undrilled area at Chubb North.”
Burley has already received the permits to drill the new Chubb North targets, with drilling to commence shortly to test the pegmatites for spodumene mineralisation.
In the meantime, metallurgical test work is underway on core samples from the project, and is expected to give the company a preliminary indication of spodumene recovery and ore upgradability.
More than 2,000 m of diamond drilling has been completed on the latest programme on Chubb Central , testing for extensions to the mineralised zone, and results from the 5,200m diamond drilling campaign completed in July are pending.
This article was developed in collaboration with Burley Minerals, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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