Entrée Gold Exploration Review
June 29, 2009
Vancouver, B.C., June 29, 2009 - Entrée Gold Inc. (TSX:ETG; NYSE Amex:EGI; Frankfurt:EKA – “Entrée” or the “Company”) has been active in the advancement of its properties in
The Heruga deposit is situated within the Company’s Javhlant licence located immediately south of Ivanhoe Mines’ Oyu Tolgoi licence and is located within the Entrée-Ivanhoe Mines JV ground.
In March 2008, the Company announced a NI 43-101 compliant molybdenum-rich copper-gold inferred resource of 760 million tonnes grading 0.48% copper, 0.55 g/t gold and 142 ppm molybdenum. At that time, the Heruga discovery extended for a strike length of approximately 1,800 metres and was open to the north, south and east (see news release from March 13, 2008).
Nine additional holes have been drilled since the resource estimate was prepared. These holes have confirmed the extension of Heruga mineralization northwards to the Entrée-Ivanhoe Mines property boundary and to the south. The mineralized system now has a strike length of over 2.2 kilometres north-south with the vertical extent varying between 400 to 800 metres and a width of 200 to 300 metres. The shallowest portion of this mineralized system starts at a vertical depth of approximately 500 metres below surface. Results from these additional holes are expected to be incorporated into an updated resource calculation.
Togoot Coal Project
Since 2008, three coal targets have been discovered on Entrée’s 100% owned Togoot Licence: Nomkhon Bohr, Coking Flats and Khar Suul. These discoveries form part of the rich Permian coal
By the end of May 2009, over 15,000 metres of drilling had been completed on Entrée’s coal targets. Nomkhon Bohr lies adjacent to the northern boundary of the licence. Coal seams have been traced over a strike length of approximately 1,200 metres by trenching and drilling. The Coking Flats and Khar Suul targets to the south and southwest of Nomkhon Bohr are at an earlier stage of exploration by drilling.
The Nomkhon Bohr area has been divided into east and west zones. Two near continuous seams were intersected in the west and possibly four seams occur in the east. The seams are predictable from hole to hole and section to section with some fault offset of the seams. Coal in the eastern half is generally thicker and has lower ash content than that of the western half.
Nomkhon Bohr coal is medium rank bituminous, high in ash with variable sulphur. Coal-bearing horizons in drill holes can be up to 57 metres in apparent thickness; within these, multiple coal seams are usually present, with drill intercepts from 0.2 metres to 4.5 metres. Most of the coal seams dip moderately to the north. Due to the recessive nature of the coal seams, they often come to surface in shallow valleys where they are concealed by a thin veneer of desert sands. The geology has similarities to the Tavaan Tolgoi coal deposits, although the coal at Nomkhon Bohr is of thermal quality.
The spring 2009 program has focused primarily on infill drilling at Nomkhon Bohr. These results are currently being correlated in preparation for a resource calculation. Once the resource calculation has been compiled and registered, an application for conversion of the exploration licence to a mining licence will be made.
The Coking Flats and Khar Suul discoveries are associated with magnetic lows that have been traced over 10 kilometres in length. Unlike Nomkhon Bohr, these targets are covered by younger rocks. The geometry and potential economic significance are not well understood at this early stage of exploration.
Entrée is continuing to explore the Togoot Licence with drill testing of additional geophysical and geological targets. Exploration will focus on extensive areas of younger cover rocks, as these may conceal the favourable coal-bearing stratigraphy buried at shallow depths.
In 2008, the Mongolian people returned a MPRP majority to government and S. Bayar was again confirmed as Prime Minister. Several opposition Democratic Party members were invited into the newly formed cabinet. N. Elbegdorj, the Democratic Party candidate, was elected as President in May 2009. Both the Prime Minister and the President have indicated their desire for the successful completion of an Investment Agreement between Ivanhoe Mines and the Mongolian Government. This agreement will allow the Oyu Tolgoi project to advance to production. Negotiations towards the finalization of this agreement are in progress.
Entrée’s exploration to date has been successful in outlining a 7 kilometre long northwest-trending structural corridor with a strong, multi-element porphyry signature. This was done primarily through soil and stream sediment sampling in 2008. This trend is currently being tested with magnetic (95 line-km) and IP (32 line-km) geophysical surveys. It is anticipated that the current exploration program will be completed in July 2009.
Drilling is in progress at Entrée’s Lordsburg copper-gold discovery and continues to expand the area of known mineralization. Potassic alteration and copper mineralization have been intersected in two recent holes, located approximately 200 metres to the west and 400 metres to the southeast of the previously known zone (see Entrée news releases from January 15, 2009 and April 30, 2009). Copper mineralization in the most recent holes has been identified visually and confirmed with a portable XRF (X-ray diffraction) unit. Assay results are pending. Drilling is ongoing and continues to test more widespread geophysical and alteration anomalies. An additional US$300,000 is budgeted for this phase of exploration.
The zone of surface alteration and anomalous geochemistry now exceeds 1.2 kilometres in length and 600 metres in width. Within this zone, drilling has confirmed sub-surface mineralization over a 400 x 600 metre area.
Mineralization appears best developed in the contact areas between a feldspar porphyry and volcanic rocks. Potassic alteration and sulphide-quartz veining are associated with the strongest areas of mineralization.
Limited drilling of the
Gold Hill, New Mexico
A drilling permit application has been filed with the Mining and Minerals Division, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department and is now being processed. Approval of the permit application is expected in the third quarter of 2009. Once the permit is received, planned work includes 1,500 metres of reverse circulation drilling to test previously defined geophysical targets.
Robert Cann, P.Geo., Entrée’s Vice-President, Exploration and James R. Foster, P.Geo., Entrée's Exploration Manager - Lookout Hill, qualified persons as defined by NI 43-101, have reviewed the technical information contained in this news release. An updated NI 43-101 compliant technical report, effective date June 10, 2009, has been filed on SEDAR and posted to Entrée’s website (www.entreegold.com).
Monica Hamm, Manager, Investor Relations
Peter Oates, Investor Relations
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