Second Drill Mobilized Wicheeda Rare Earth Element Project
VANCOUVER - Defense Metals Corp. reported plans for the mobilization of a second diamond drill to expedite its ongoing Wicheeda Rare Earth Element (REE) deposit resource expansion and delineation diamond drill program. The Company is currently advancing the road accessible Wicheeda Critical Rare Earth Element (REE) Property, which is located close to infrastructure approximately 80 kilometers northeast of Prince George, British Columbia (BC). The Wicheeda project has indicated mineral resources of 4,890,000 tonnes averaging 3.02% LREO (Light Rare Earth Elements) and inferred mineral resources of 12,100,000 tonnes averaging 2.90% LREO. Drilling to date at Wicheeda has been progressing rapidly with over 1,500 meters in eight diamond drill holes completed to date since commencement of the drill campaign less than four weeks ago. Rig #1 is expected to continue drilling on the north end of the Wicheeda REE Deposit, while Rig #2 is expected to commence coring a series of infill holes within the central deposit area by mid-week.
Craig Taylor, CEO, said, “We are extremely pleased to have secured a second diamond drill to expedite completion of our Wicheeda REE Deposit resource expansion and delineation program. With this additional drilling capacity, we expect to be well positioned to deliver on our 2021 exploration goals. Based on contractor negotiations, we expect the second drill rig to be in a positioned to commence coring by the mid-week."