Pacific Empire Minerals Corp. (TSX.V: PEMC), an British Columbia copper explorer, is delighted to announce the results of the 2022 diamond drill program at Jean Marie. Both holes successfully expanded the area of known copper mineralization along the strike and depth of copper mineralization.
- A 400-meter-deep hole was drilled 100 meters west of historical drill holes 97-11 in Takla Volcanic rocks at JM-22-01. Chalcopyrite and bornite were finely distributed in this drill hole’s Takla volcanic andesite and quartz hematite veinlets. A quartz-carbonate breccia was recorded from 163 to 176 meters. Monzonite dykes were observed cutting through Takla volcanic rock, which was intensely and variably biotite, with the greatest amount of alteration near the contact with monzonitic plutonic rocks at 223 meters. Chalcopyrite was found in low-angle quartz, hematite veinlets with K-feldspar selvages in the Jean Marie intrusive monzonite.
- A further hole, JM-22-02, was drilled 100 meters northwest of JM-22-01. This hole was drilled to a depth of 300 meters. The highest-grade intercept was encountered from 189 meters to 220 meters, where a 30-meter-wide quartz-carbonate hydrothermal breccia was encountered. The high-grade mineralized breccia intercepted 200 meters to the east in hole J97-11 was continued here. Chalcopyrite was detected in the matrix and large angular clasts in this breccia. Chalcopyrite and bornite were disseminated in the Takla andesitic volcanic rock and biotite takla volcanic rock. The contact with the Jean Marie pluton was identified at 220 meters below the quartz-carbonate breccia. Chalcopyrite in the Jean Marie intrusive monzonite was discovered in low-angle quartz, hematite veinlets with K-feldspar selvages.
Summary of JM-22-01 & JM-22-02
Drill hole JM-22-02 returned 178 m of 0.32% copper equivalent mineralization, including 76 m of 0.52% CuEq and 31 m of 0.68% CuEq, including 10 m of 1.15% CuEq. JM-22-01 returned 155 m of 0.20% CuEq. Mineralized hydrothermal breccia was found in both holes.
Pacific Empire’s geologic team believes that Jean Marie is a great opportunity for the company. According to CEO and President Brad Peters, the results of this drilling program are significant. Because finding the mineralized breccia in a 200-m step-out hole from historical holes 97-11 demonstrates hydrothermal-style porphyry mineralization is open along the strike, we remain optimistic that additional drilling will establish continuity of mineralization.