Black Smoker Ventures (CNSX:BSM) said Monday it has begun drilling at the Fox Lake project in Manitoba, Canada.
The Fox Lake project was one of Manitoba’s largest volcanogenic
massive sulfide ore deposits (VMS) and copper producers. The initial
1,600 metre drill program is being conducted by Winnipeg-based Cyr
Drilling International Ltd, and is expected to be completed over a
45-day period, the company said.
The campaign is testing deeply‐buried conductive targets directly
beneath the Fox Mine ore bodies. These targets were found by the company
when it completed the first‐ever deep‐penetrating geophysical survey of
the land package this past summer.
The Fox Lake project had not been explored below a 1,200‐metre depth
until the company completed the Squid electromagnetic geophysics survey.
The geophysical ground program resulted in the identification
of a major target downdip of known mineralization, which could represent
the existence of a new lens at depth, Black Smoker said.
This signature extends to an approximate depth of 1,800 metres, and
is situated roughly 600 metres below the deepest historical drill
"Through this drill program, Black Smoker is exposing investors to
the potential of a new discovery beneath the Fox Lake Mine," said
president and CEO Carson Seabolt.
"We look forward to the drill reaching our target depth and are
excited to ascertain the cause of this highly prospective geophysical
When the Fox Lake project was in production between 1970 to 1985, it
produced around 12 million tonnes at 1.82 per cent copper and 1.78 per
cent zinc, or more than 400 million pounds of copper.