MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - Osisko Mining Corporation ("Osisko")(TSX:OSK)(FRANKFURT:EWX) is pleased to announce new results from the infill drill program currently under way at South Barnat, a separate gold mineralized zone located northeast of the Canadian Malartic deposit. Significant drill intersections include 1.75 g/t Au over 345.5 metres (BA08-3257), 2.16 g/t Au over 191.0 metres (BA08-3277) and 2.08 g/t Au over 106.6 metres (BA08-3316B). Higher grade intersections include 17.21 g/t Au over 42.0 metres (including 437.0 g/t over 1.5 m in BA08-3272), 17.12 g/t Au over 5.0 metres (BA08-3293) and 10.1 g/t Au over 23.4 metres (including 110.0 g/t over 1.5 m in BA08-3331). Highlights from 100 new infill holes that yielded better-than-expected results are tabled below:
Hole No. Section From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au g/t BA08-3252 675E 108.0 203.0 95.0 2.01 BA08-3257 525E 42.5 388.0 345.5 1.75 including 59.0 60.0 1.0 57.30 including 198.0 199.5 1.5 29.30 including 264.0 265.5 1.5 28.90 BA08-3259 225E 15.0 142.2 127.2 1.94 BA08-3271 525E 10.9 33.9 23.0 7.23 including 21.5 23.0 1.5 55.80 And 94.0 99.5 5.5 75.85 And 109.5 194.3 84.8 1.54 BA08-3272 525E 11.0 53.0 42.0 17.21 including 35.5 37.0 1.5 437.0 And 104.0 232.0 128.0 1.19 BA08-3277 675E 143.5 334.5 191.0 2.16 including 274.0 275.5 1.5 26.70 including 283.5 285.0 1.5 32.20 BA08-3287B 125E 18.3 51.0 32.7 1.62 And 170.0 194.5 24.5 5.19 BA08-3290 275E 12.5 77.3 64.8 4.39 including 21.5 23.0 1.5 84.00 BA08-3293 675E 69.0 82.5 13.5 3.36 And 230.5 235.5 5.0 17.12 And 269.0 328.0 59.0 3.38 And 377.0 522.0 145.0 1.09 BA08-3310 675E 146.5 239.0 92.5 2.09 BA08-3316B 625E 161.0 267.6 106.6 2.08 BA08-3317 225E 18.5 47.0 28.5 1.02
All other drill holes in the range between BA08-3251 and BA08-3350 gave results that were within expectations of the existing resource model. The exceptionally long intersection in drill hole BA08-3257 is a result of the hole cutting the entire width of the South Barnat zone on section 525E over a true width of about 75 metres and then following the down-dip projection of the Sladen extension on the south side of the fault for approximately 200 metres. Results from drill hole BA08-3287B and BA08-3317 are of particular significance as these intersections (including the deeper one in -3287B) represent new mineralization located about 100 metres north of the South Barnat zone. Assay results for further holes at South Barnat are being processed.
The definition drill program is focused on an 850 metre-long grid oriented northwest-southeast with drill sections spaced 25 metres apart. All holes on this grid are inclined 45 to 75 degrees to the northeast or southwest. True widths of most the mineralized intersections reported above are 40 to 70 percent of the drilled intersections. A NI 43-101 compliant inferred resource estimate of 2.0 million ounces for South Barnat was released on January 26, 2009 and the technical report was filed on SEDAR on February 17, 2009. The current definition drill program will lead to a NI 43-101 compliant, in-pit Measured and Indicated resource estimate for South Barnat, to be released in May 2009.
Drilling to date suggests that the minimum strike length of the South Barnat Zone is 850 metres with an average true width between 30 and 120 metres. The mineralized zone is open along strike to the east, where it merges with the old East Malartic Mine and where recent drilling has indicated a possible extension over an additional 360 metres (see January 13, 2009 press release). South Barnat 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, along the southern edge of the Cadillac fault. The disseminated gold mineralization comprises multiple subvertical, tabular subzones hosted in silicified greywackes of the Pontiac Group south of the fault contact. North of the fault, mineralization is hosted in both porphyry dykes and schistose, carbonatized and biotitic ultramafic rocks north. Porphyry dykes also host late quartz veins containing visible gold.
All NQ or HQ 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 developing the Canadian Malartic gold deposit and adjacent mineralized zones into a large-scale open pit, bulk-tonnage mining operation. The Company is well-funded and is carrying out an aggressive definition drilling, exploration and development campaign. A NI 43-101 compliant, 7.7 million ounce gold Measured and Indicated global resource on the main Canadian Malartic gold deposit was released on September 8, 2008 and the technical report has been filed on SEDAR. This includes a NI 43-101 compliant, 6.3 million ounce gold Reserve estimate released in the Feasibility Study on the main Canadian Malartic gold deposit on November 25, 2008, for which the technical report has been filed on SEDAR. These estimates did not include the South Barnat Zone or 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 who has reviewed this news release and is responsible for the technical information reported herein, including verification of the data disclosed including the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the technical information.
Cautionary Notes Concerning Estimates of Mineral Resources
This news release uses the terms measured, indicated and inferred resources as a relative measure of the level of confidence in the resource estimate. Readers are cautioned that mineral resources are not economic mineral reserves and that the economic viability of resources that are not mineral reserves has not been demonstrated. In addition, inferred resources are considered too geologically speculative to have any economic considerations applied to them. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies or economic studies except for Preliminary Assessment as defined under NI 43-101. Readers are cautioned not to assume that that further work on the stated resources will lead to mineral reserves that can be mined economically.
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