Clifton Star Resources (CVE:CFO) announced the results of its 2011 drill program at its wholly-owned Duparquet project, located along the prolific Destor-Porcupine fault in the Abitibi region of Quebec.
In 2011, Clifton Star drilled 85 holes, totaling 26,754 metres. The drill program focused on the Beattie, Donchester, and Central Duparquet properties.
The project consists of the well-defined North and South zones, as well as several smaller east-west trending zones including the West zone, the RW zone, and the RS zone. Most holes were focused on deepening previous 2010 holes in order to reach the North zone at depth.
At the North zone, gold mineralization has been traced along strike in an east-west direction for 2.6 kilometres.
Significant results from the North zone included hole BD10-277, which intersected 2.06 grams per tonne (g/t) gold over 58.3 metres; hole BD10-270, which hit 2.25 g/t gold over 36.0 metres; and hole D11-149, which intersected 32.3 metres grading 1.66 g/t gold.
Gold mineralization was also intersected from shallow infill drilling in the West zone, and along the RW and RS zones.
Notable results included hole BD11-335, which intersected 16.0 metres grading 9.02 g/t gold on the RW/RS zone; and hole BD11-333 on the West zone, which returned 1.69 g/t gold over 78.0 metres, including 31.0 metres at 2.55 g/t gold.
Meanwhile, on the South zone, hole BD11-334 hit 41.0 metres grading 2.08 g/t gold, and on the Main zone, hole CD11-01 intersected 1.79 g/t gold over 37.0 metres, and hole CD11-03 returned 4.86 g/t gold over 19.0 metres.
Clifton Star said it will incorporate the 2011 data into a comprehensive NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate for the Duparquet project. The report, which is expected for completion in April 2012, is currently being prepared by InnovExplo, a mining consultation firm in Val-d'Or, Quebec.
The report will form the basis of a preliminary economic assessment.
Earlier this week, Clifton Star filed an updated NI 43-101 resource report for its Donchester property. A previous technical report on Donchester from June 2011 was deemed non-compliant with the requirements of NI 43-101 by the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC), prompting a cease trade order on Clifton Star's stock.
The latest report gave an inferred resource of 11.01 million tonnes with an average grade of 3.06 grams of gold per tonne for 1.05 million contained gold ounces, at a cut-off grade of 1.5 grams of gold per tonne, and using a top-cut of 8.0 grams per tonne.
The company also said Thursday it currently has two active drill rigs at the Beattie and Donchester properties, completing a 20-hole program.
The drilling will primarily focus on the continued surface exploration of the various zones at the Beattie, Donchester, Dumico, and Central Duparquet properties, in order to better define the limits of the known mineralization between 400 and 600 metres below surface, as well as to identify the limits of higher grade sections within the known zones.