| ||April 09, 2007|
Hermitage Exploration Update - Drilling Underway at White Bear
| ||News Release: #07-06|
Commander Resources Ltd. (CMD-TSX Venture) reports results from five diamond drill holes from the initial test of the Blue Hills Main showing, one of the seven known uranium prospects in the Blue Hills area of the Company's large Hermitage project, Newfoundland. Seven holes totaling 993 metres were completed. Drill results indicate that uranium mineralization is hosted by a thick sequence of brecciated felsic volcanics associated with strong silica and sericite alteration and that a fault may have offset the more significant portion of the mineralized zone tested at surface. Further ground work is planned to determine the fault movement and location of the offset mineralized zone.
The Company also reports that the drill has been moved to the White Bear area, 30 kilometres to the east of Blue Hills. Diamond drilling is currently underway on the He-2 target. He-2 consists of a 500 metre diameter airborne radiometric anomaly within which clusters of angular sedimentary boulders carried uranium values up to 3.1% U3O8 in composite chip samples.
Following completion of a 3 to 4 hole test on He-2, the drill will be moved a further 3 kilometres east to the Doucette target, where the company previously reported uranium values in angular magnetite-bearing boulders ranging up to 1.3% U3O8. Several strong magnetic trends that may be related to the hosting stratigraphic unit will be tested.
The current drilling is part of a 3,000 metre first phase drill program (see Company's news release dated November 23, 2006) to asses the main geological and structural controls of five target areas, Troy's Pond, ST-129, Blues Hills Main, He2 and Doucette. Troy's Pond and ST-129 were drilled in late 2006 (results reported in a Company news release dated February 2, 2007). Drill progress was slow during the winter portion of this program on the Blue Hills Main target due to extreme winter weather and mechanical problems.
Blue Hills Drill Results
At Blue Hills, Hole BH-1 was drilled directly under the Main Zone outcrop, holes BH-2 and BH-3 were drilled 50 metres east and west to establish a strike / trend direction. Channel samples collected in a previous program from a small outcrop averaged 0.15% U3O8 over a 1.4 metre width within a 6 metre wide uranium mineralized zone. (see the Company's website for previous sampling details). Hole BH-1 encountered a narrow radiometric zone which terminated abruptly at a strong, one metre wide, sandy fault with significant core loss. The fault has offset the better portion of the mineralized zone tested at surface. Uranium values in the upper portion of hole BH-1, just before the fault, which ranged from 0.004 to 0.015% U3O8 are similar to the upper portion of the surface zone.
Hole BH-2, located 50 metres west, encountered a 4 metre wide radiometric zone while hole BH-3 cut a weak radiometric zone at depth. Results for hole BH-2 returned a 3.5 m interval from 15.5 m to 19.0 m running 0.017% U3O8 including a 0.5 metre interval at 0.031% U3O8. This interval is narrower than the surface mineralized zone, indicating some thinning to the west. Core from hole BH-3, located 50 metres to the east of BH-1 showed a different lithology than holes 1 and 2 indicating this hole has intersected the off-faulted block identified in hole BH-1.
A fourth hole (BH-4) was collared 60 metres south of hole BH-1 to check for possible structures controlling uranium mineralization. Hole BH-5 was drilled 85 metres west of BH-2. Neither hole contained anomalous radiometric responses. Holes BH-6 and BH-7 were drilled on other targets at Blue Hills. Results are awaited.
The Hermitage Project is well-located with a major highway and power line running through in environmentally benign barren lands near the south coast of Newfoundland. The port of Burgeo is located 30 kilometres to the south.
Samples were sent to ACME Analytical Laboratory, Vancouver, BC where they were analyzed using 1DX Multiple Element ICP methods. Values greater than 0.24% U3O8 are assayed by methods 7TD using 4-acid digestion with ICP-ES analysis. All uranium values expressed in U3O8 are calculated from uranium analyses received from ACME Analytical Services and reported in ppm U. Select samples will be sent to SRC in Saskatoon for check assay.
Bernard Kahlert, P.Eng is the Company's Qualified Person under regulatory authorities N.I. 43-101.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors,
President & CEO
For further information, please call:
Commander Resources Ltd.
Telephone: (604) 685-5254 or 1-800-667-7866
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