Intrepid Mines Limited (TSX: IAU)(TSX: IXN)(ASX: IAU) and Aura Silver Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE: AUU) are in receipt of the environmental permit for a minimum eighteen hole (4,000 metre) drill program at the West Taviche joint venture project in Mexico. Rig mobilization from an adjacent property is anticipated mid-month.
The drill program will focus on target three areas: La Noria, San Martin and El Portillo and will consist of at least six holes in each targeting epithermal veins hosting significant gold and silver values.
The Taviche District is located in central Oaxaca, Mexico about 10 km south-southeast of the city of Ocotlan (Figure 1). The Intrepid/Aura holdings are contained in two blocks: the West Taviche Block (6,254 hectares) and the East Taviche Block (7,494 hectares). The location of these two blocks is shown in figure 2 relative to the central Taviche district.
The companies have contracted Construccion, Arrendamineto de Maquinaria y Mineria, S.A. de C.V. (CAMMSA) for the completion of a 4,000 metre core program to commence mid-October. CAMMSA is currently drilling the adjacent San Jose project for Fortuna Silver Mines, Inc. with three core rigs and has established logistics and developed considerable technical expertise in the Taviche district.
In preparation for the drill program, access and water usage agreements have been signed with all neighboring communities. Extensive consideration was given to these agreements to assure a long-term relationship based upon mutual trust and assuring environmental stewardship, community participation and sound corporate social responsibility practices.
About Intrepid Mines:
Intrepid Mines Limited is an international precious metals production, development and exploration company. The Company's producing property is the Paulsens Gold Mine, located in northwestern Australia. The Company's advanced development property is the Casposo Project located in San Juan Province, Argentina. The Company's exploration properties are located in Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Australia and Canada. The issued capital is 164,374,243 shares comprised of 146,487,090 ordinary shares of Intrepid Mines Limited on the TSX:IAU
About Aura Silver:
Aura Silver Resources Inc. is a TSX Venture listed company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of precious metal prospects in North America with a focus on silver. The Company has 34,470,967 common shares outstanding.
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Please note: Figures 1 and 2 are available on the Marketwire website at the following link - http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/iau1001.pdf.
Intrepid Mines Limited
Paul W. Pitman
Aura Silver Resources Inc.