Altitude Resources (TSX-V: ALI) said Sept. 26 that it has retained Dahrouge Geological Consulting Ltd. to carry out an initial exploration and drill program at Elan Coal Ltd.‘s properties in southern Alberta.
The first phase is a field reconnaissance program which will start first week of October. Upon completion of the reconnaissance Altitude will apply for a permit which will be followed up by a drill program that is expected to start in early 2014 and will focus on coal quality confirmation and strategic infill drilling.
Altitude President and CEO Andrew Wusaty said: “We are pleased to announce that Altitude is proceeding immediately to complete an Elan property field reconnaissance program which will lead to a drill program in early 2014. The work to be completed in this initial field reconnaissance will provide the drill hole locations and access requirements for the drilling program. Altitude expects to be filing drilling permit applications with the Alberta Government in October.”
The program objective is to trace the known three major coal seams that were mined at Grassy Mountain (total average thickness of 15 meters) northward on the Elan property. In addition, known outcrops and historic trenches will be verified and mapped. The planned drilling will include full seam core sampling to determine coal quality. Initial coal quality testing from outcrop samples indicates mid-vol coking coal in the drill target area. Samples collected during an Elan field program in June were submitted for proximate and petrographic analysis.
The Elan leases extend for 55 kilometers northward from Crowsnest Pass along strike in the Kootenay Group coal formation. The drill program will focus on coal quality and resource expansion drilling.
The drill target area is located in the southernmost 15 kilometers of the Elan leases. Five different areas of interest with surface mineable potential have been identified from historic exploration work carried out by companies including CONSOL, Devon Canada, Granby Mining, CanPac Minerals, and Canadian Hunter dating back to the 1940s. More than ten coal seams have been identified on the properties with thicknesses ranging from 3 to 10 meters.