Vancouver, British Columbia - Bell Copper Corporation ("Bell" or the "Company") (NEX: BCU.H) is pleased to provide a further update on the Bell Copper Corporation's Kabba porphyry copper project in Arizona.
Initial 2017 drilling completes 5 holes, totaling 2679 meters.
All 5 holes intercepted oxidized and leached capping in Laramide-age porphyritic intrusive rocks
Several of the holes showed low concentrations of the copper-bearing minerals chalcocite and chalcopyrite.
The initial 2017 drilling program at Kabba has been completed. The initial budget allocated to the project allowed for the completion of five drill holes testing significant IP electrical geophysical anomalies identified during the recent geophysics program this past winter. A total of 2679 meters of drilling was completed. The holes were spread across an area measuring 3 kilometers by 1.6 kilometers.
All five holes penetrated cover rocks ranging between 259 and 518 meters thick followed by oxidized and leached capping in Laramide-age porphyritic intrusive rocks. The holes all terminated in pyrite-bearing Laramide or Precambrian rocks. Several of the holes showed low concentrations of the copper-bearing minerals chalcocite and chalcopyrite.
Core has been shipped to Salt Lake City where it will be cut and then sent to an independent lab for assaying.
Assay results and further detailed geological information are expected to be available in approximately 60 days.
Property package expanded to 13,000 acres (5244 hectares), increase of +55%
3 additional drill holes permitted based on 2017 drilling
The Company's mineral tenure at the Kabba project now stands at approximately 13,000 acres (5244 hectares), a 55% increase from last year. No federal lands are included in the Kabba project area.
Permits have been obtained from the Arizona State Land Department to drill 3 additional holes. While there is no guarantee that all or any of these holes will be drilled, these permits remain valid until the end of June 2018.
Kennecott Exploration Company, a part of the Rio Tinto Group continues to communicate with the local community. Once assays are in hand and all drill data is evaluated, they will again engage the local community in writing or in a public meeting to inform them of potential future mineral exploration efforts on the project.
Tim Marsh, the Company's President and CEO, assisted in logging the latest Kabba core and is enthused by what he saw. "This round of drilling took place beyond the limits of previous drill testing by Bell. The geophysical anomalies that were tested were proven by drilling to be pyritic porphyry with porphyry-copper-type alteration at the modeled depths.
The technical content of this release has been reviewed and approved by Timothy Marsh, PhD, PEng., the Company's CEO and President. No mineral resource has yet been identified on the Kabba Project. There is no certainty that the present exploration effort will result in the identification of a mineral resource or that any mineral resource that might be discovered will prove to be economically recoverable.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of
Bell Copper Corporation
Timothy Marsh, President, CEO & Director
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