MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2008) - Osisko Mining Corporation ("Osisko") (TSX:OSK)(FRANKFURT:EWX) is pleased to announce new results from the definition drill program currently under way at South Barnat, a separate gold mineralized zone located approximately 1200 metres northeast of the center of the Canadian Malartic deposit. Significant results include 3.73 g/t Au over 157.0 metres (BA08-3024A) and 2.54 g/t Au over 218.0 metres (BA08-3019H). Results from fourteen new holes are tabled below:
------------------------------------------------------------------------ Hole No. Section From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au g/t BA08-3019H 750E 197.0 415.0 218.0 2.54 including 345.0 348.0 3.0 17.08 BA08-3024A 650E 158.0 315.0 157.0 3.73 including 183.0 184.5 1.5 85.40 including 199.5 201.0 1.5 51.80 BA08-3031H 650E 14.0 30.1 16.9 1.85 And 52.5 81.0 28.5 2.09 BA08-3067 350E 46.0 113.5 67.5 1.67 BA08-3081 200E 15.0 152.0 137.0 1.55 BA08-3082 100E 14.6 80.5 65.9 3.17 BA08-3083 300E 246.5 288.0 41.5 0.78 BA08-3084 300E 303.5 353.0 49.5 1.10 BA08-3085 050E 51.5 106.0 54.5 0.77 BA08-3086 050E 68.0 120.0 52.0 1.29 BA08-3087 050E 97.5 142.5 45.0 0.99 And 256.5 338.0 81.5 1.62 BA08-3088 100E 80.5 134.0 53.5 1.51 BA08-3089 100E 100.0 170.1 70.1 1.01 BA08-3090 200E 110.5 130.0 19.5 0.74 And 174.5 195.0 20.5 1.42 ------------------------------------------------------------------------
Drill hole BA08-3024A was a second attempt at BA08-3024, which intersected 20.7 metres grading 2.66 g/t Au to a depth of 146.4 metres before being abandoned due to technical difficulties (see July 21, 2008 press release). BA08-3019H and BA08-3031H were also re-drills of previously abandoned holes. Assay results for further holes at South Barnat are pending.
The definition drill program is focused on an 850 metre-long grid oriented northwest-southeast with drill sections spaced 50 metres apart. All holes on this grid are inclined 45 to 75 degrees to the northeast or southwest. True widths of the mineralized intersections reported above are 40 to 70 percent of the drilled intersections.
Drilling to date suggests that the minimum strike length of the South Barnat Zone is 850 metres with a true width between 20 and 160 metres. The mineralized zone is open along strike to the southeast, where it merges with the old East Malartic Mine. It extends to depths of 250 to 400 metres in the southeastern portion, where the system is still open at depth. Estimated depth in the northwestern third of the deposit is 130 to 200 metres.
Mineralization in the South Barnat Zone is located to the north and south of the old Barnat and East Malartic mine workings, largely along the southern edge of the Cadillac fault. The gold mineralization comprises multiple subvertical, tabular subzones hosted both in silicified greywackes of the Pontiac Group south of the fault contact and in schistose, carbonated and biotitic ultramafic rocks north of the fault contact. Porphyry dykes on both sides of the fault contain disseminated mineralization as well as late quartz veins containing visible gold. Gold mineralization in the South Barnat Zone likely extends to the east along the north and south walls of the past-producing East Malartic mine.
All NQ core assays reported above were obtained by standard 50 g fire assaying-AA finish or gravimetric finish at ALS Chemex laboratories in Val d'Or, Quebec. Reported weighted averages were calculated using a minimum of 0.50 g/t Au over successive maximum intervals of 20 metres with no upper cut-off of individual assays. Intersected drifts or lost core within mineralized intersections were incorporated as blank intervals.
Osisko Mining Corp. is currently evaluating the Canadian Malartic gold deposit and adjacent areas for a large-scale open pit, bulk-tonnage mining operation. The Company is well-funded with approximately $140 million on hand and is carrying out an aggressive definition drilling and exploration campaign. An updated NI 43-101 compliant, Measured and Indicated resource estimate on the main Canadian Malartic gold deposit was released on September 8, 2008 and will be filed on SEDAR by mid-October. This updated resource estimate did not include the South Barnat Zone nor any other mineralized zone located outside the main deposit that is currently being evaluated by Osisko.
Mr. Robert Wares, P. Geo. and Executive Vice-President of Osisko, is the Qualified Person responsible for the technical information reported in this news release.
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