Altitude Resources readies 2015 coal exploration program at Canadian properties

Altitude Resources (TSX VENTURE: ALI) announced May 6 the start of a two phase 2015 exploration program on the Palisades and Palisades Extension coal properties as part of the Altitude/JOGMEC Joint Venture.

On April 13, Altitude announced that it had entered into a Joint Exploration Agreement with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp. (JOGMEC) to explore the Palisades Coking Coal Project. Dahrouge Geological Consulting Ltd. of Edmonton, Alberta has been contracted to oversee the two phase exploration program. Phase 1, which is expected to commence during the week of May 5 and last 4-6 weeks, is designed to sample and trench coal outcrops, continue field mapping and assess drill hole locations. Phase 2 is expected to follow in the August-September period, depending on the receipt of all required exploration permits.

Altitude carried out exploration programs on the Palisades Property in 2012 and 2013 and a National Instrument (NI) 43-101 compliant Technical Report was issued in February 2014.

Altitude President and CEO Gene Wusaty said: “We are very pleased to start this 2015 exploration program and continue to develop our Palisades Project. This exploration will put the company in a solid position once the coal market cycle starts to rebound. “

The Palisades Project is located approximately 30 kilometres north of the Yellowhead Highway (Hwy 16) and Highway 40 North, near Hinton, Alberta. Altitude’s properties are in close proximity to Canadian National rail which services the Grande Cache mine to the northwest. The Palisades Project properties fall within the North-Central Alberta Foothills near the eastern edge of the Front Range Foothills. The location close to the Rocky Mountains has resulted in the formation of a low-volatile metallurgical coal. The goal of this program is to provide exploration targets and recommendations for a drilling program scheduled for the third quarter of 2015. This field program also will provide additional information for an updated NI 43-101 compliant resource report on Altitude’s Palisades property.

Altitude Resources is a Canadian coking coal exploration and development company focused on developing its portfolio of coking coal properties in west-central and southwestern Alberta, Canada. Palisades, Elan and Altitude North, properties are located near rail lines which have capacity to provide transport of coal to deep-water ports on the west coast of Canada to service the growing demand from world markets.

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