OrganiMax Enters into Definitive Agreement for Option to Acquire Up to 100% of the Ranger-Page Project in the Silver Valley, Idaho, USA
- New high grade silver-zinc-lead brownfields exploration project
- Strategically located in the Silver Valley, Idaho bordering two large mines on each side of the Ranger-Page Project
- No modern systematic exploration applied to the Ranger-Page Project
- 605 g/t Ag equivalent average grade from 63,098 tons mined at Crown Point and 386 g/t Ag equivalent average grade from 214,126 tons mined at Blackhawk(1)(2)
- Patented lode claims with no pre-existing royalties in a top tier mining jurisdiction ranked #1 in the world under the Policy Perception Index (PPI)(3)
Vancouver, British Columbia – July 20, 2021 – OrganiMax Nutrient Corp. (“OrganiMax” or “the Company”) (TSX-V: KMAX / FSE: L3U / OTC: BNRJF) is pleased to announce that, further to its press release dated February 10, 2021, the Company has entered into a definitive agreement dated July 20, 2021 (the “Definitive Agreement”) with Blackhawk Exploration LLC (the “Vendor”) for an option (the “Option”) to earn up to a 100% interest in the Ranger-Page Project (the “Project”) in the Silver Valley within the Coeur d’Alene Mining District in Idaho, USA.
OrganiMax’s President & CEO, Director Brandon Rook commented, “The signing of the definitive agreement marks a major milestone in the Company’s history. The Ranger-Page Project represents a significant exploration and development opportunity for the Company’s shareholders as we turn our focus to high grade silver, zinc, and lead exploration in Idaho. Idaho, specifically the Silver Valley, is regarded as one of the top mining jurisdictions in the world. Permitting operations, both because of patented claims and Idaho’s policies, make for an efficient and friendly place to explore and develop.”
The Ranger-Page Project was never consolidated within one company early on and was owned periodically by up to five different groups, thereby limiting mining capabilities because of disjointed small scale mining operations. As a result of the small-scale operators and 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 (the Bunker Hill Mine) and ASARCO (the Page Mine), as well as the subsequent transfer of the property to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) and the closure of the area for mining in the late 1970’s. Today, the Project area has been cleared of any environmental issues and for the first time, the Project area has been consolidated by one company to explore for the strong discovery potential that the Company believes exists.
Ranger-Page Project Highlights
- Bordering Two Major Mines – Strategically located between two major mines, Bunker Hill (mined to 5,800 feet below surface) to the east and Page (developed to 3,400 feet) to the west. The Page Mine sourced ore grade mill feed from the Project (Blackhawk Mine) for 21 years but never mined deeper than 1,200 feet below elevation. The other 4 mines located on the Project produced ore from near surface to 200 feet below surface.
- Historical Production – Five historic mines are located on the Project with underground mining data and surface geological data supporting high grade silver-zinc-lead mineralization present within the shallow, undeveloped mines. These mines remain open at depth, and laterally along strike, with no modern systematic exploration applied to the Project.
- High Grade Potential – 605 g/t Ag equivalent average grade from 63,098 tons mined at Crown Point and 386 g/t Ag equivalent average grade from 214,126 tons mined at Blackhawk(1) (2).
- Exploration Potential at Depth and Along Strike – The east-west striking veins at the Project have been partially explored with evidence that there is continuation throughout the Project area. Strong evidence that mineralization continues from where historical underground mining operations ceased.
- Secondary Source of Ore Feed – The Blackhawk Mine was a secondary source for ore grade mill feed to the Page Mine for 21 years. The Blackhawk Mine ceased being a lease mine to ASARCO’s Page Mine in the mid-1900’s.
- Patented Lode Claims – Ownership of both surface and mineral rights.No federal permitting required; permitting with the State of Idaho is straightforward with patented claims.
- Top Tier Mining Jurisdiction – Idaho is an established top tier mining jurisdiction, ranking 1st in the world under the Policy Perception Index (“PPI”) and ranked 9th in the world under the Investment Attractiveness Index as part of the Fraser Institute’s 2020 Annual Survey(3).
- Established and Nearby Infrastructure – Favorable infrastructure nearby, located 94km east of Spokane, Washington, approximately 1km south of the Interstate 90 highway, including full access to power, water and full industrial infrastructure, which includes fabrication facilities and a highly experienced underground mining work force.
- Mill Nearby – One flotation mill located within 10km of the Project. Four-hour drive to the Trail, BC smelter to process concentrate.
- No Royalties – No pre-existing royalties on the Project.
- 3D Geological Model in Progress – A 100-year detailed map folio from the Project, the Page Mine and the Bunker Hill Mine will be incorporated into a 3D geological model that will add significant value to future exploration and development of the Project.
- Experienced Management – Operations team in Idaho with deep roots into the area.
The Company may earn a 75% interest in the Project by paying to the Vendor US$650,000 and incurring US$3,000,000 of exploration expenditures over 4 years. Upon acquiring a 75% interest the Company will have the right to either: a) acquire the remaining 25% interest by making a one-time payment of US$2,250,000 in cash or subject to regulatory approval in cash and/or a combination of cash and shares; or b) enter into a joint venture with the Vendor for the further development of the Project.
(1) AgEq assumptions: Silver price of US$26.00/oz Ag; Zinc price of US$1.20/lb Zn; Lead price of US$0.90/lb Pb; and Copper price of US$4.00/lb Cu.
(2) Source: US Bureau of Mines, Western Field Operations Centre, Spokane, Washington.
(3) Source: 2020 Fraser Institute Mining Survey.
Timothy Mosey, B.Sc., M.Sc., SME, a Qualified Person (the “Qualified Person”) as such term is defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical data and geological information reported in this news release. The Qualified Person has not completed sufficient work to verify the historic information on the Ranger-Page Project. however, the Qualified Person assumes that sampling and analytical results were completed to industry standard practices. The information provides an indication of the exploration potential of the Ranger-Page Project but may not be representative of expected results.
About OrganiMax Nutrient Corp.
OrganiMax Nutrient Corp. (TSXV:KMAX) 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:
On behalf of the Board of Directors of OrganiMax Nutrient Corp.,
Brandon Rook, President and Chief Executive Officer, Director
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Completion of the transaction contemplated by the Definitive Agreement is subject to a number of conditions and there can be no assurance that the contemplated transaction will be completed as proposed or at all. Investors are cautioned that any information released or received with respect to the contemplated transactions may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of the Company should be considered highly speculative.
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