VANCOUVER, BC – Surge Battery Minerals Ihas announced that it has begun its fall exploration program at the Caledonia Copper-Silver Project in Northern Vancouver Island, 15 km southwest of Port Hardy, British Columbia. The claims are located in the Nanaimo Mining District of northern Vancouver Island.
The Caledonia, Cascade and Bluebell claims are 7 km north-west of BHP’s past producing Island Copper mine which was responsible for extracting 345 million metric tonnes @ 0.41% Cu, 0.017% Mo, 0.19 g/t Au, and 1.4 g/t Ag. During its prime operating period the Island Copper mine was Canada’s third-largest copper producer. The Caledonia, Cascade and Bluebell claims area lies within a 50-kilometer-long copper belt northwest of the Island Copper mine.
The following quotes contain historical estimates on the Property and has been obtained from The B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines Minfile records for MINFILE No 092L 209 states: “In 1929, 0.9 tonnes of ore was shipped from the property, grading 514.2 grams per tonne silver and 7.3 per cent Copper (Malcolm, 1969). A chip sample collected across 1.8 metres in 1926 assayed trace gold, 418.2 grams per tonne silver, 2.0 per cent Copper, 0.8 per cent lead and 10.0 per cent zinc (Minister of Mines Annual Report 1926).”
“Sampling in 2007 from trenching returned values of 581.7 g/tonne Silver (16.97 oz./ton), 4.42% Copper, 0.13% Lead, 8.97% Zinc from the skarn deposit. Metallurgical testing indicates that flotation gives high recovery rates for Silver and Copper. Discussions have been initiated regarding shipping a 10,000 tonne bulk sample to the Myra Falls mill” (J.T Shearer P.Geol report 2013).