THE DRILL SERGEANT: Aruma Resources (ASX: AAJ) received a state government nod of approval to commence exploration activities on mining tenement E25/553 within the company’s Slate Dam gold project east of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
Aruma received the consent of the relevant minister under ‘Section 18’ of the Aboriginal Heritage Act for access to carry out the work.
Subsequently, Aruma has mobilised its contractors to commence a 5,000 metre RC drill program in early December at both Slate Dam and the company’s other advanced exploration project east of Kalgoorlie, the Beowulf gold project, where all approvals have been received.
Aruma stated that both projects contain proven evidence of gold mineralisation, mineralised intersections at Slate Dam, as well as the successful alluvial mining by prospectors at Beowulf.
“Project evaluation has identified a bottom of hole geochemical gold anomaly of considerable size over the Slate Dam prospect stretching seven square kilometres across sediments contacts within the pressure shadows of recently identified granite bodies,” Aruma Resources said in its ASX announcement.
“All of the geological needs for a gold system are in place, however they have been masked due to the presence of Lake Yindarlgooda over the top of the anomaly.
“A substantial bottom of hole geochemical gold anomaly has been drill defined, however not yet sufficiently drill tested.”
Aruma indicated the drill program will test a high tenor (>200ppb Au) anomaly, which will also include testing the basement of a historic intersection of 6 metres at 2.45 grams per tonne gold from 24m from an aircore drill hole.