Vancouver, British Columbia: Organimax Nutrient Corp. (TSX-V: KMAX) (“OrganiMax” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce it has entered into an Option Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Blackhawk Exploration L.L.C. (“Blackhawk”) to acquire a 100% interest in the past producing Government Gulch Silver project in the Silver Valley, Coeur d’Alene Mining District, Idaho, USA.
Strategic investment highlights include:
- The Government Gulch Silver project comprise 403 acres of patented lode claims; 5 historic mines and highly prospective unexplored areas.
- No Federal permitting required; permitting with the State of Idaho is straightforward with patented claims.
- Modern systematic exploration and drilling has never been applied to the project.
- Two major mines (Bunker Hill and Page) located adjacent and contiguous to the project at both the west and east boundaries historically mined into the Government Gulch project area.
- The Page mine sourced ore grade mill feed from Government Gulch for 21 years but never mined deeper than 1200 feet below elevation; significantly, the Page Mine was developed to the 3400 foot level.
- The other 4 mines at Government Gulch produced ore from near surface to 200 feet below surface.
- All previously mined areas remain open at depth and along strike – the geology of the Silver Valley is known for vein structures trending deeply if not cut-off by faulting (Bunker Hill mined to 5,800 feet below surface and Hecla’s Lucky Friday mine nearby is mining today 10,000+ feet below surface)
- No pre-existing royalties
- A 100 year detailed map folio from Government Gulch, the Page mine and Bunker Hill mine will be incorporated into a 3-D geological model that will add significant value to future exploration and development of the project.
Despite the project being located between two prolific past producing mining properties, the project has remained unavailable for exploration and development over the past 80 years due to claim boundary issues between Bunker Hill Mining and ASARCO (Page mine), as well as the subsequent transfer of the property to the EPA and the closure of the area for mining in the late 1970’s.
For more detailed information of the project please copy and paste the following link: www.organimax.com/government-gulch-presentation
Brandon Rook, President & CEO of Organimax comments, “The acquisition of this highly prospective property combined with favourable terms, for the option to own for the company in Idaho’s prolific Silver Valley, is a significant addition to the Company’s prospects. We look forward to developing this asset into a long-term production story for the people of the Silver Valley and the shareholders’ of Organimax.”
The property is situated in the Silver Valley approximately 94 km east of Spokane, Washington and less than 1.2 km southeast of the town of Smelterville and 3.2 km west of Kellogg, in Shoshone County, Idaho. The terrain for the construction of mining, milling and tailing facilities is of sufficient size to accommodate all aspects of an underground mining operation, including areas for tailings storage, waste disposal and a processing plant. There is full access to power, water and industrial infrastructure including fabrication facilities and a highly experienced underground mining work force.
A summary of production from the mines surrounding Government Gulch and the mines from the project are as follows:
ASARCO deeded the Government Gulch claims to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) as part of its settlement with the EPA for the Silver Valley Superfund Cleanup. Blackhawk LLC purchased the Government Gulch property from the EPA-established Trust, free and clear of any and all environmental liabilities from the EPA, pursuant to the completion of the Super Fund Cleanup executed by the EPA in the Silver Valley.
- Organimax may exercise the Option by paying the vendor US$650,000 and incurring US$3,000,000 of exploration expenditures on the Property to earn-in 75% of the Project as follows:
- Providing the vendor with a non-refundable deposit of US$20,000 upon execution of the binding Letter of Intent
- Paying to the vendor US$130,000 upon approval of the Proposed Transaction by the TSX Venture Exchange
- Paying to the vendor US$250,000 and completing a minimum of US$600,000 of expenditures on the Property by the first anniversary of the Option Date;
- Paying to the vendor an additional US$250,000 and completing an additional minimum of US$600,000 of expenditures on the Property by the second anniversary of the Option Date;
- Completing an additional minimum of US$1,200,000 of expenditures on the Property by the third anniversary of the Option Date;
- Completing an additional $600,000 of exploration expenditures on the Property by the fourth anniversary of the Option Date; and
- To earn-in the remaining 25%:
- At Organimax’s discretion, Organimax may choose to pay the vendors US$2,000,000 in equity or cash for the remaining 25% ownership in the project.
- If Organimax chooses to not buy-out the remaining 25%, Organimax may choose a joint venture partnership; if the vendors fall to 10% ownership a net smelter royalty of 2% is triggered to the vendor, Organimax retains 100% and Organimax can buyback 1% of the NSR for US$1,000,000, and retains a right of first refusal for the remaining 1%.
Subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange, Organimax Nutrient Corp. plans to undertake a non-brokered private placement of up to 2.5 million units at a price of twenty cents per unit for gross proceeds of up to $500,000. Each unit shall comprise one common share in the capital of the company and one half of a common share purchase warrant, with each full warrant entitling the holder to purchase one common share at a price of 30 cents per share at any time within two years of the date of issuance. All securities to be issued under this private placement will be subject to a four-month resale restriction.
No finders’ fees or commissions will be payable with the financing.
The company intends to close the private placement immediately following the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of all regulatory approvals. Net proceeds of this private placement are for general working capital purposes, due diligence of the Government Gulch project, and to maintain its lithium – sulphate of potash (Li-SOP) project in Mexico.
Lastly, Organimax has granted an aggregate of 2,150,000 share purchase options to directors, officers and consultants, with an exercise price of 20 cents per share and a term of five years. The new grant is subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval.
The technical content of this press release has been reviewed and approved by Timothy Mosey, B.Sc., M.Sc., SME, a Qualified Person to the Company.
About OrganiMax Nutrient Corp. (KMAX.V)
OrganiMax Nutrient Corp is an exploration company that has a 100%-owned lithium and potassium bearing salar complex of mineral concessions in the Central Mexican Plateau located in the states of Zacatecas, and San Luis Potosi. Regional geophysical work has indicated that the depths of the salar basins may be much greater than previously thought, making the salars highly prospective for large brine aquifers to be discovered at depth. The Company is targeting Sulfate of Potash (SOP) and Lithium Carbonate (LCE) and boron for both the domestic and international markets.
The Company has announced a maiden sediment mineral resource estimate (MRE) of both lithium and potassium at its three salars. Highlights include:
- 120 million tonnes (Mt) of Inferred Mineral Resources grading 4.6% potassium (K) and 380 ppm lithium (Li);
- a continuous high-lithium portion of La Salada salar containing 7 Mt grading 1,490 ppm Li
- a contained 12.3 million tonnes (Mt) of Sulfate of Potash (SOP) and 243,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE);
- Sampling is restricted to 5 metre depths in most areas therefore there is good exploration potential to increase the Mineral Resource at depth and also extending the sampling to the edge of the salar basins where sampling has not taken place;
- Geophysical surveys completed suggest there is potential for additional similar layers of potassium or lithium enriched material to be found under the current pitting/drilling.
- Recent regional geophysical work has indicated that the depths of the salar basins may be much greater than previously thought, making the salars highly prospective for large brine aquifers to be discovered at depth.
On behalf of the board of directors of OrganiMax Nutrient Corp.,
Brandon Rook, President and Chief Executive Officer.
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