2010 News Releases
Test Pit Program for Mega's Lake Maitland Uranium Project Approved by WA Government
September 29, 2010
TORONTO, Ontario – September 29, 2010 - Mega Uranium Ltd. (TSX:MGA) ("Mega") is pleased to provide an update on the development of its Lake Maitland Uranium Project ("Project") in Western Australia.
Mega has received approval from the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum ("DMP") to undertake a Test Pit Program ("Program") at Lake Maitland which is a key component of the Definitive Feasibility Study currently underway. Mega has commenced preparations for the Program and expects to begin work on site in October 2010.
The Program will involve the excavation of two test pits, approximately 40 m long by 25 m wide and 5 m deep, and will take approximately 6 weeks to complete. The objectives of the program include:
- Trialling the proposed mining methods to be utilised for the Project
- Trialling haul road construction materials
- Geological mapping and channel sampling to validate the geological model
- Obtaining information to facilitate the development of a grade control programme
- Groundwater assessments to trial potential pit dewatering methods and evaluate the aquifer characteristics
- Monitoring groundwater drawdown and quality and other environmental parameters to assist with environmental impact assessment studies for the Project
- Assessing the suitability of materials for the purposes of pit rehabilitation
On completion of the excavation work, the test pits will be backfilled and the site rehabilitated.
Mega has also recently commenced a groundwater exploration program on Miscellaneous Licence L53/152 to evaluate potential groundwater supply sources for the Project.
Regarding the Environmental Scoping Document (ESD) released for public review, Mega received 36 submissions from a variety of respondents including regulators, NGO's and individuals. Mega will respond to the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on the submissions prior to the ESD being finalised. Once finalised, the ESD will provide direction to Mega in preparing the Environmental Review and Management Programme ("ERMP"), which is the next stage in the assessment and approval process.
In line with Mega's commitment to engaging with local communities and traditional owners regarding the Project, Mega has embarked on the first stage of a stakeholder engagement program, presenting an update of the Project status and providing an opportunity for stakeholders to participate by providing their expectations and concerns in relation to the Project.
EXPLORATION DRILLING ADJACENT TO MEGA'S LAKE MAITLAND URANIUM PROJECT
Mega intends to undertake an exploration drilling program to seek extensions to the known Project resource.
The focus of the Project drilling to date has been on evaluation of the identified uranium resource primarily within Mining Lease M53/1089. There has been limited drilling on the several exploration licenses that Mega currently holds surrounding the resource.
From a historical perspective, most of this surrounding tenure is largely unexplored due to the fact that the Lake Maitland drainage channel poses a logistical challenge for accessibility. Additionally, geophysical methods have been difficult to interpret or been ineffective due to a combination of Aeolian cover and thick sequences of palaeo-channel sediments.
The potential exists for buried, surficial calcrete-style deposits and deeper palaeo-channel type uranium deposits within the Lake Maitland drainage channel. In the limited drilling to date, encouraging results have been encountered under Aeolian sand cover on the eastern and southern edges of the Lake Maitland drainage, importantly where there is weak or no radiometric surface expression.
A reconnaissance air-core drilling programme is planned to test the uranium potential within this prospective tenure.
A phased drilling programme, scheduled to commence before the end of the year, will consist of 147 vertical holes for an estimated 7350 meters using a track mounted air-core rig – refer to Figure below.
Phase One is located south of the resource on E53/1210 extending over 10km of strike within the Lake Maitland drainage channel. At this location an 800 meter by 800 meter pattern drilling program is planned to blade refusal, totalling 102 holes for an estimated 6000 metres.
Phase Two is designed to test a potential resource extension along an interpreted narrow, deep palaeo-channel of the North Western arm of the lake on E53/1211. A total of 45 holes are planned for a total of 1350 meters along three north-south drill transects at a hole spacing of 200 metres and a nominal hole depth of 30 meters.
ABOUT MEGA URANIUM
Mega Uranium Ltd. is a Toronto-based mineral resources company with interests in uranium properties in Australia, Canada, and Cameroon. Further information on Mega can be found on the company's website at www.megauranium.com. Mega Uranium's Ben Lomond and Maureen uranium resources are subject to a Queensland State Government policy that presently prohibits the mining of uranium.
For further information, please contact:
Mega Uranium Ltd.
EVP Corporate Affairs
T: (416) 643-7630
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