Entree Expands Coal Exploration
September 18, 2008
Vancouver, B.C. - Entrée Gold Inc. (TSX:ETG; AMEX:EGI; Frankfurt:EKA – "Entrée" or the "Company") announces that it has increased the exploration budget for the 100%-owned portion of its Lookout Hill property in Mongolia by $2,000,000 to further evaluate its recent coal discovery, Nomkhon Bohr.
The Nomkhon Bohr coal target is hosted by a moderate to steeply dipping folded sequence of continental Permian sediments known to host other coal deposits in Mongolia, such as QGX’s Baruun Naran, South Gobi Energy Resources’ Ovoot Tolgoi and Energy Resources LLC’s Tavan Tolgoi deposits.
Greg Crowe, CEO and President of Entrée, says: "The Nomkhon Bohr coal target is progressing rapidly. Our drilling has shown that the Permian sequence exposed in the Company’s Lookout Hill Property hosts potentially significant coal horizons. We will move forward aggressively to extend the Nomkhon Bohr target and to test the large, unexplored, Coking Flats area to the west. We believe that these two targets represent an excellent opportunity for Entrée."
Thirteen diamond drill holes, for a combined total of 1,217 metres, have been completed so far in the Nomkhon Bohr area testing the host Permian stratigraphy. Only four of the holes reached the target depth; the rest were lost due to bad ground conditions, however most holes have intersected multiple coal horizons. Drilling problems have been mostly resolved, and a second rig is being mobilized to continue expanding this exciting discovery.
Drilling has cut coal over a strike length of 600 metres so far. The target remains open along strike as well as down-dip. Thrusting of the host sedimentary sequence observed on surface may also indicate the presence of fault repetition and thickening of the coal units at depth.
A total of 670 metres of trenching has also been completed, exposing significant thicknesses of weathered carbonaceous sediments in areas of little exposure. These weathered sediments have been cut at depth by Entrée’s drilling and are closely associated to the coal horizons encountered so far.
Ground magnetics conducted this year has identified a distinct magnetic low anomaly coincident with the coal-bearing unit. More significantly, a large magnetic anomaly extends several kilometeres to the west of Nomkhon Bohr (the "Coking Flats" target), where Company geologists believe the host Permian sequence is buried under thin Cretaceous cover. Induced Polarization test lines and a detailed ground magnetic survey are planned on the Coking Flats target within the next few weeks.
Robert Cann, P.Geo., Entrée’s Vice-President, Exploration, a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, supervised the preparation of the technical information in this news release.
ABOUT ENTRéE GOLD INC.
Entrée Gold Inc. is a Canadian mineral exploration company focused on the worldwide exploration and development of gold and copper prospects. Most notably, the Company is a large landholder in Mongolia, where it holds three exploration licenses that comprise the 179,590-hectare Lookout Hill property. Lookout Hill completely surrounds the 8,500-hectare Oyu Tolgoi project of Ivanhoe Mines, and hosts the Hugo North Extension of the Hugo Dummett deposit and the newly discovered Heruga deposit.
The Company continues to explore its large landholdings in Mongolia as well as evaluating new opportunities throughout the region and elsewhere in Asia. Entrée plans to explore the Huaixi copper project in Zhejiang Province in China, under the terms of an agreement with the No. 11 Geological Brigade. In North America, the Company is exploring for copper-molybdenum porphyry systems in the southwest USA. The Company is also seeking additional opportunities to utilize its expertise in exploring for deep and/or concealed ore deposits.
Ivanhoe Mines and Rio Tinto are major shareholders of Entrée, holding approximately 15% and 16% of issued and outstanding shares respectively.
Mona Forster, VP & Corporate Secretary
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