VANCOUVER, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Western Pacific Resources Corp. (TSXV: WRP) is pleased to report that the Idaho Forest Service has granted the Plan of Operation permit (drilling permit) for its Mineral Gulch project.
The expanded drill permit is valid for a 5 year span and now allows us to drill in areas that we were unable to drill in last year's program.
Eric Saderholm, the Company's President, said: "We would like to thank the Forest Service for their help in guiding us through the permitting process. We are excited about this year's program as we will be able to focus on many targets that we were unable to drill last year. This is an important step for us on the road to discovery on our flagship asset."
Drilling plans will be released shortly. Presently we are reviewing the newly received geophysical and historic data as we select our highest priority targets.
Mineral Gulch is located in Cassia County, Idaho, along the southeast edge of the Black Pine Mountains, approximately 128 km southeast of Burley, Idaho. Western Pacific Resources Corp. controls 100% of the project which it acquired through staking.
The project encompasses the historic Black Pine Mining District and surrounding exploration ground. Western Pacific has acquired the historical proprietary data for the property from both Newmont Mining Corporation and Pegasus Mining.
Sporadic small-scale gold and base-metal mining occurred in the area as early as 1915. Noranda conducted exploration programs at Black Pine between 1984 and 1990. Pegasus entered into a joint venture with Noranda in 1990 and became the majority owner and operator of the mining effort between 1992 and 1998. The Black Pine Property produced over 500,000 ounces of gold at an average head grade of 1.5 grams from several small open pits. Historic exploration and mining efforts have generally focused on near-surface, oxidized ore bodies.
About Western Pacific
Western Pacific is a gold explorer focused on acquiring advanced-stage projects in the Western United States, and has the right combination of exploration and financial professionals to succeed in making a world class gold discovery. For more information, please visit our website at www.westernpacificresources.com.
Clancy Wendt, M.Sc., a registered geologist in Arizona and British Columbia and a member of SME, SEG FAusIMM(CP) and PDAC, is Western Pacific's Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Wendt has prepared or supervised the preparation of the disclosure of the scientific and technical information contained in this news release.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Warwick Smith, Chief Executive Officer
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SOURCE Western Pacific Resources Corp.