Liberty Gold Reports Completion of the 2022 Exploration Program and Results from Metallurgical Core and Resource Drilling, Goldstrike Oxide Gold Deposit, Utah
0.87 g/t Au over 74.3 m, including 1.51 g/t Au over 12.3 m in PGS863C 1.75 g/t Au over 24.4 m in PGS874.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Liberty Gold Corp. (TSX:LGD; OTCQX:LGDTF) (“Liberty Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to report the completion of a very successful field season at its 100% controlled Goldstrike Project in southwestern Utah. Assay results from a large-diameter (“PQ”), metallurgical core drilling program continue to confirm the presence of high-grade, oxide gold mineralization over significant thicknesses, while reverse circulation (“RC”) and sonic drilling, confirm the presence of above cut-off grade mineralization in historic surficial rock storage areas. Resource infill drilling is now largely completed, project de-risking activities in advance of a Prefeasibility decision continue and updates to geological and resource models are in progress.

2022 Program Highlights:

  • Completed 12 metallurgical PQ core holes totaling 1,412 metres (“m”). Highlights include:
    • 0.87 grams per tonne gold (“g/t Au”) over 74.3 m, including 1.51 g/t Au over 12.3 m in PGS863C (from 20.3 m to 94.6 m) in the Basin Area.
    • 0.68 g/t Au over 42.2 m in PGS872C (63.6 m to 105.8 m) in the West Main Area.
  • Completed 100 resource definition, condemnation, and exploration RC drill holes totaling 8,453  m. Highlights include:
    • 1.75 g/t Au over 24.4 m in PGS874 (105.2 m to 129.5 m) including 3.52 g/t Au over 10.7 m in the Main Area.
    • 0.75 g/t Au over 32.0 m, including 1.17 g/t Au over 18.3 m from surface in PGS931 in the Padre Area.
  • Completed 23 sonic drill holes in the historic leach pads and surficial waste storage sites[1]. Highlights include:
    • 1.02 g/t Au over 25.9 m from surface including 2.17 g/t Au over 9.1 m in PGS891 in Leach Pad #1.
  • Received the 2022 Utah Department of Oil, Gas and Mining (“DOGM”) Excellence in Reclamation Award.[2]
  • Began baseline meteorological and hydrological data collection.
  • Significantly advanced a land exchange initiative with the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration's (“SITLA”).

Jason Attew, President & CEO of Liberty Gold stated, “Goldstrike continues to yield strong drill results, which support its potential as a solid, low-cost, early-entry asset as we advance towards a Prefeasibility decision. The key focus of the team going into the next year is on de-risking: securing a water supply and progressing lands status. We look forward to updating the resource model and internal evaluations next year, ahead of a decision to kick off further engineering studies.

For a complete table of drill results from current Liberty Gold drill holes at Goldstrike, please click here: https://libertygold.ca/images/news/2022/December/GS_Intercepts12052022.pdf

For a map of the core and RC drilling, including drill collars and traces for the Goldstrike project, please click here:

For a complete table of drill collar locations for 2022 Liberty Gold drilling at Goldstrike, please click here: https://libertygold.ca/images/news/2022/December/GS_12052022Collars.pdf


The SITLA Land Exchange is a joint initiative by the State of Utah and the Bureau of Land management (“BLM”) whereby all state-owned lands within the current boundary of the Bears Ears National Monument in eastern Utah would be exchanged for Federal lands throughout the State that have been identified as being suitable for SITLA purposes, including lands having “high mineral potential”.  BLM lands within and adjacent to the Goldstrike Project are currently included as part of the exchange, which will require final State and subsequent Congressional approval through a lands exchange bill.  It is anticipated that this bill will come before Congress in 2023 for the formal approval process.  With surface lands at Goldstrike controlled by the State of Utah, the project would be subject to the State permit approval process, administered through DOGM as the lead agency. The Company considers this to be a significant de-risking of the timeframe to permit and re-open mining and heap leach operations at Goldstrike.

[1] See Press Release dated August 9, 2022
[2] See Press Release dated June 27, 2022

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*Please refer to the full table at the link above for complete results. Results are reported as drilled thicknesses, with true thicknesses approximately 90% to 100% of drilled thickness. Gold grades are uncapped. Au (g/t) = grams per tonne of gold. “AuCN/AuFA” is the ratio of cyanide soluble gold (recovered using the method described in the Quality Assurance – Quality Control section below) to old by fire assay, expressed as percent.


  • The 12 PQ core holes drilled in 2022 were designed to fill in sampling gaps in the metallurgical model and bring the overall met testing up to a Pre-Feasibility level.
  • Most core holes exhibit thick intervals of oxide gold with good cyanide solubility at shallow depth, characteristic of Goldstrike mineralization. Composites from these core holes will be submitted for metallurgical testing in the future.
  • A total of 39 PQ core holes for 4,364 m have been drilled at Goldstrike in three campaigns over the period 2015-2022 for use in metallurgical studies.
  • Additionally, 11 new bulk samples (300-600 kilograms) were taken in 2022 to provide materials for coarse-crush column leach testing, currently underway at Kappes Cassiday & Associates (“KCA”) in their Reno laboratory.
  • Sonic drilling on the of the historic heap leach pad and pits backfill (previously reported[1]) provided material for metallurgical studies on this surficial, “zero-strip” material type. Column testing of these materials is underway at KCA.
  • Samples from metallurgical core and sonic drill holes can be utilized for geochemical characterization as part of future baseline environmental studies. 

    [1] See press release August 9, 2022


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*Please refer to the full table at the link above for complete results. Results are reported as drilled thicknesses, with true thicknesses approximately 90% to 100% of drilled thickness. Gold grades are uncapped. Au (g/t) = grams per tonne of gold. “AuCN/AuFA” is the ratio of cyanide soluble gold (recovered using the method described in the Quality Assurance – Quality Control section below) to old by fire assay, expressed as percent.


  • 100 RC holes drilled in 2022 were primarily designed to infill gaps in the resource model, upgrade the classification of the resource and test for extensions of mineralization around existing deposits.
  • Drilled results confirm the strong continuity of gold grade and deep oxidation profile that is typical of the Goldstrike deposit.


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*Please refer to the full table at the link above for complete results. Results are reported as drilled thicknesses, with true thicknesses approximately 90% to 100% of drilled thickness. Gold grades are uncapped. Au (g/t) = grams per tonne of gold. “AuCN/AuFA” is the ratio of cyanide soluble gold (recovered using the method described in the Quality Assurance – Quality Control section below) to old by fire assay, expressed as percent.

Key Points:

  • RC drilling targeting surficial waste storage sites, pit backfill and additional holes in the historic leach pads continued to demonstrate that these surficial materials contain oxide gold at above anticipated cut-off grades.


Goldstrike is located in the eastern Great Basin, immediately adjacent to the Utah/Nevada border, and is a Carlin-style gold system, similar in many ways to the prolific deposits located along Nevada’s Carlin trend. Like Black Pine and the Nevada Gold Mines Long Canyon deposit, Goldstrike represents part of a growing number of Carlin-style gold systems located off the main Carlin and Cortez trends in underexplored parts of the Great Basin.  

Goldstrike is a past-producing, open-pit run of mine heap-leach operation that produced 209,000 ounces (“oz”) of gold and 197,000 oz of silver between 1988 and 1994 during a period of historically low gold prices. Ore was mined from 12 shallow pits, at an average grade of 1.2 g/t Au. Liberty Gold carried out extensive compilation, drilling and metallurgical work, releasing a resource estimate and Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) in 2018. The resource includes an Indicated 925,000 ounces (“oz”) of gold grading 0.50 g/t Au (57,846,000 tonnes) and an Inferred 296,000 oz of gold grading 0.47 g/t Au (19,603,000 tonnes), backed by over 1,700 drill holes.  The PEA mines 915,516 oz of gold at a life of mine all in sustaining costs of US$793/oz, returning a NPV at a 5% discount rate (“NPV5%”) of US$129.5 million and an IRR of 29.4% at US$1,300/oz gold prices. A sensitivity analysis using US$1,700/oz gold returns an NPV5% of US$291.7 million and an Internal Rate of Return of 52.4% representing strong economic returns at current gold prices.     

A virtual site tour and 3D model of the Goldstrike property, including details about the geology and mineralization, is available on the Company’s website: libertygold.ca


Drill composites were calculated using cut-offs of 0.15 g/t Au, 0.20 g/t Au and 1.00 g/t Au. Drill intersections are reported as drilled thicknesses. True widths of the mineralized intervals vary between 30% and 100% of the reported lengths due to varying drill hole orientations but are typically in the range of 60% to 80% of true width. Drill samples were assayed by ALS Limited in Reno, Nevada for gold by Fire Assay of a 30 gram (1 assay ton) charge with an AA finish, or if over 5.0 g/t Au were re-assayed and completed with a gravimetric finish. For these samples, the gravimetric data were utilized in calculating gold intersections. For any samples assaying over 0.200 ppm an additional cyanide leach analysis is done where the sample is treated with a 0.25% NaCN solution and rolled for an hour. An aliquot of the final leach solution is then centrifuged and analyzed by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. QA/QC for all drill samples consists of the insertion and continual monitoring of numerous standards and blanks into the sample stream, and the collection of duplicate samples at random intervals within each batch. Selected holes are also analyzed for a 51 multi-element geochemical suite by ICP-MS. ALS Geochemistry-Reno is ISO 17025:2005 Accredited, with the Elko prep lab listed on the scope of accreditation.


Moira Smith, Ph.D., P.Geo., Vice-President Exploration and Geoscience, Liberty Gold, is the Company's designated Qualified Person for this news release within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") and has reviewed and validated that the information contained in the release is accurate.


Liberty Gold is focused on exploring and developing the Great Basin of the United States, home to large-scale gold projects that are ideal for open-pit mining.  This region is one of the most prolific gold-producing regions in the world and stretches across Nevada and into Idaho and Utah.  We know the Great Basin and are driven to discover and advance big gold deposits that can be mined profitably in open-pit scenarios.  Our flagship projects are Black Pine in Idaho and Goldstrike in Utah, both past- producing open-pit mines, where previous operators only scratched the surface. 

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Without limiting the foregoing, these documents use the terms “measured resources”, “indicated resources”, “inferred resources” and “probable mineral reserves”. Shareholders in the United States are advised that, while such terms are defined in and required by Canadian securities laws, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) does not recognize them. Under United States standards, mineralization may not be classified as a reserve unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally produced or extracted at the time the reserve determination is made. United States investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of measured or indicated resources will ever be converted into reserves. Further, inferred resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and as to whether they can be mined legally or economically. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of the inferred resources will ever be upgraded to a higher resource category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility, pre-feasibility or other technical reports or studies, except in rare cases. Therefore, United States investors are also cautioned not to assume that all or any part of the inferred resources exist, or that they can be mined legally or economically. Disclosure of contained ounces is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report resources as in place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures. Accordingly, information concerning descriptions of mineralization and resources contained in these documents may not be comparable to information made public by United States companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements of the SEC.