VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 -- Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. ("Barkerville" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: BGM)(FRANKFURT: IWUB) wishes to provide a project update and report on the status of its response to the cease trade order (the "CTO") issued by the British Columbia Securities Commission (the "BCSC") as disclosed in the Company's press release dated August 15, 2012.
The Company reminds shareholders that the CTO will remain in place until the Company files a National Instrument 43-101 technical report (the Report or NI 43-101 Report) acceptable to the BCSC and addresses all technical disclosure concerns. The Company's directors and management, geological and engineering consultants, contractors, labs and staff have been working diligently to prepare a comprehensive report and it's nearing completion.
QR Mine and Mill
Mr. Kevin McMurren, Mine Manager reports; Repairs were completed on the crushing circuit and surface ore was milled in December. Weather and maintenance issues resulted in a reduced throughput, but produced encouraging gold recoveries. A new conveyor "Number #4" was installed. Milling and gold production has resumed. Underground mining is scheduled to commence this month to provide additional mill feed. A new mine site access road has been completed for haul trucks coming from Bonanza Ledge. This provides a wider road with increased line of sight and improved grade for safety. The trial grouting of the first hole on the North Dam was completed with BAT Construction, and Klohn Crippen Berger Engineering overseeing.
Bonanza Ledge Mine
Mr. Tom Hatton Mine Superintendent for Wells reports; final clearing of the laydown area for Bonanza Ledge is completed and stump tub grinding for reclamation is ongoing. Mining equipment including excavators, cats, trucks used at QR Mine for the dam raise are being moved to Bonanza Ledge Mine site.
Petition By Rex Harbour.
The petition by Mr. Harbour will be heard on January 23, 2013.
About Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd.
Since the mid-1990s the Company has focused on exploration and development of gold projects in the Cariboo Mining District in central B.C. The Company's mineral tenures now cover over 117,691.14 hectares, encompassing seven past producing hard rock mines and three NI 43-101 gold deposits, including the QR Mine & Mill. The QR Property was acquired in February 2010 and includes a 900 tonne/day gold milling facility and a permitted gold mine located approximately 110 kilometers by highway and all-weather road from the Barkerville Gold Camp. Mining operations commenced at QR in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 and the Company began pouring dore gold in September 2010 and continued until December 2011 and will resume in January 2013. In November 2010 the Company acquired a second permitted mill currently on care and maintenance in Revelstoke, B.C. for relocation to the Barkerville Gold Camp near Wells, B.C. subject to all necessary government approvals. In November 2010 the Company and the Lhtako Dene First Nation also signed a Project Agreement in relation to its Bonanza Ledge and Cariboo Gold Projects. The Company has completed significant drilling and exploration programs and together with the historical data is compiling all information to determine geologic models and updated technical reports to continue with exploration and development of the Cariboo Gold projects. This news release has been prepared on behalf of the Board of Directors which takes full responsibility for its contents.
J. Frank Callaghan, President and CEO
Certain information in this news release is forward-looking within the meaning of certain securities laws, and is subject to important risks, uncertainties and assumptions. This forward-looking information includes, among other things, information with respect to the Company's beliefs, plans, expectations, anticipations, estimates and intentions, including the listing and trading of the Company's common shares on the TSX Venture Exchange. The words "may", "could", "should", "would", "suspect", "outlook", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "plan", "target" and similar words and expressions are used to identify forward-looking information. The forward-looking information in this news release describes the Company's expectations as of the date of this news release.
The results or events anticipated or predicted in such forward-looking information may differ materially from actual results or events. Material factors which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from such forward- looking information include, among others, the Company's ability to engage and retain qualified key personnel, employees and affiliates, to obtain capital and credit and to protect its property rights.
The Company cautions that the foregoing list of material factors is not exhaustive. When relying on the Company's forward-looking information to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. The Company has assumed a certain progression, which may not be realized. It has also assumed that the material factors referred to in the previous paragraph will not cause such forward-looking information to differ materially from actual results or events. However, the list of these factors is not exhaustive and is subject to change and there can be no assurance that such assumptions will reflect the actual outcome of such items or factors.
THE FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS NEWS RELEASE REPRESENTS THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE COMPANY AS OF THE DATE OF THIS NEWS RELEASE AND, ACCORDINGLY, IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AFTER SUCH DATE. READERS SHOULD NOT PLACE UNDUE IMPORTANCE ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND SHOULD NOT RELY UPON THIS INFORMATION AS OF ANY OTHER DATE. WHILE THE COMPANY MAY ELECT TO, IT DOES NOT UNDERTAKE TO UPDATE THIS INFORMATION AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd.
J. Frank Callaghan
President and CEO
604 669-6463 or Toll Free: 1-800 663-9688
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