Vancouver, B.C., July 17, 2013. Magna Resources Ltd. (CNSX: MNA) (the Company or Magna) is pleased to announce that the final 30 day public notice period for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the Environmental Assessment (EA) conducted on the Companys Green River Potash Project in the renowned Paradox Basin, Utah, regarding the Companys Exploration Plan, closed at the end of business July 8, 2013. The EA represents a comprehensive study of all aspects and environmental considerations associated with the proposed Exploration Plan submitted by the Company.
The BLM is currently reviewing the comments submitted in order to determine appropriate responses and modifications to the EA, if warranted. We anticipate that these comments will be addressed in a timely manner.
This represents the final stage of the Companys Prospecting Permits Application process with a successful conclusion arriving at a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) decision on the Companys proposed action. Following a FONSI determination, the Company would expect the timely issuance of Federal Prospecting Permits by the BLM.
The proposed Exploration Plan calls for drilling 4 exploration holes on Federal Lands in addition to 4 holes proposed on State Leases. The proposed Exploration Plan is designed to provide drill grid spacing to sufficiently characterize the Cycle 5 potash target horizon (grade, thickness, extent, uniformity and mineralogy) underlying the Northwest portion of the Property, that represents 70% coverage of the Projects total 20, 620 hectares.
In conjunction, the objective of the Exploration Program is to produce a Mineral Resource estimation (as defined under National Instrument 43-101 Policy) on the Cycle 5 potash horizon underlying the Northwest portion of the Property as well as assist in the determination towards the potential economic and technical viability for the Projects future development.
Green River Potash Project
The Property is situated in the renowned Paradox Basin, which contains the stratigraphic sequence of evaporite/salt layers that comprise the United States sole solution mining potash operation, the Cane Creek potash mine. The Cane Creek mine is currently exploiting Potash Cycle 5, which underlies and extends throughout the Green River Project area and is the Companys prime exploration target.
Preliminary analysis of down-hole electric log (elog) data from 33 local and regional oil and gas wells suggests that Potash Cycle 5 is a regionally extensive sylvite-sylvinite bed in the northern Paradox Basin demonstrating continuous thicknesses and improving in thickness and grade across the Property to the northwest. The most prospective zone of mineralization appears to be located beneath the central and northwest portion of the Property where potash-bearing Cycle 5 is inferred to range from about 3 to 6 m thick and grades from 22 to 25% eKCl.
The Companys technical report on the Green River Potash Project (the Report) classifies Cycle 5 as a NI 43-101 exploration target (the Exploration Target) projected to contain between 600 million and 1 billion tonnes of sylvinite with an average grade ranging between 19 and 29% eKCl, assuming a bed thickness cut-off of 2.0 m and a composite grade cut-off of 15.8% eKCl. Cycle 5 ranges between 1, 200 and 1, 900 m depth on the Property.
Table 1: Summary of the Cycle 5 Exploration Target**
|Average grade (% eKCl)||
|Average thickness (m)||
600 1, 000
Target cut-offs: 15.8% eKCl bed composite grade and 2.0 m bed thickness.
**It should be noted that Exploration Targets are conceptual in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define them as Mineral Resources, and, while reasonable potential may exist, it is uncertain whether further exploration will result in the determination of a Mineral Resource under NI 43-101. The Exploration Target stated in the Report is not being reported as part of any Mineral Resource or Mineral Reserve.
The Report was prepared by Vanessa Santos, Chief Geologist with Agapito and a Licensed Professional Geologist in the State of South Carolina, and Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, and Leo Gilbride, Senior Consultant with Agapito and a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado, each of which are qualified persons as defined by and independent of the Company for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101; and have reviewed the related scientific and technical information in this press release.
The specific data referred to in the Report was obtained from historical sources believed to be reliable but which have not and cannot be verified. For additional details regarding the Property, the Report and the Exploration Target, refer to the Companys press release dated May 30, 2012 or the Companys website: www.americanpotashcorp.com
The Report is available under the Companys profile on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR).
About the Company
Magna Resources Ltd. is dedicated to the acquisition and development of potash mineral deposits in the USA and elsewhere. The Company holds certain State potash leases and an option in respect of certain federal potash prospecting permit applications in the State of Utah that constitute the Green River Potash Project, host to a significant potash exploration target, through a wholly owned subsidiary, American Potash LLC, a Nevada limited liability corporation.
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