Artisanal mining occurs all over the world. In some jurisdictions it is seen as a dangerous blight, however, in Costa Rica the government regulates and encourages the artisanal miners in its central gold belt.
Having a piece of highly prospective property is a good start for a junior resource company. Tocvan Resources (TOC.CC), after Mark Smethurst, the company’s COO, looked at over 150 possible properties, found a property with high gold and silver potential at the Pilar Gold Property in the Sonora Gold District in the north-west of Mexico. Better still, there had been over 17,000 meters of drilling done on the property. Short holes over a relatively restricted area on the property.
The junior resource world runs on “news”. The most valuable news a company can bring to the market is drill results. Ideally, drill results which disclose good grades over broad intervals. The problem most juniors face is that drilling is expensive: hundreds of dollars a meter. And it is time-consuming as the core has to be split and sent to the lab for analysis.
When you have been in the junior resource company business – as a broker or an investor relations professional – you see a lot of companies which are flawed. Too many shares out, management lining its own pockets, projects which have no real chance. Derek Wood, having worked in various aspects within the Canadian Capital Markets since the early 90s, had seen it all and he decided that he would put together a company and do it right.
For the longest time, Cartier Resources (V.ECR) has been reporting high-grade gold from its Chimo Mine project. A couple of meters of +10 grams per ton (gpt) here and 16 gpt there. But it has never been the headline number for the Cartier press releases.
Cartier Resources’ (V.ECR) announcement of a revised 43-101 Resource Estimate with over one million ounces indicated and inferred at its Chimo mine in Quebec was not actually a surprise. CEO Philippe Cloutier told motherlodetv.net what the company was going to do back in February,
Junior exploration companies often struggle to tell their story to investors. Press Releases, even when they contain excellent news such as Renforth Resources (RNR.C) release on February 25th, are required to be technical and precise. That is not enough for Renforth’s CEO Nicole Brewster. In addition to the press release, Brewster puts out a set of informal notes,