Gespeg Starts Exploration Program at Lac Arsenault Gold Project

Montreal, Quebec, CANADA


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Sept. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GESPEG RESOURCES LTD. (TSX-V:GCR) (the “Company” or “Gespeg”), following a successful financing and completing data compilation, Gespeg is pleased to announce the start of exploration work program (the “Program”) on its 100% owned Lac Arsenault gold project in the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. Lac Arsenault project has been enlarged and is now composed of 39 claims covering 2,261 ha and situated south of the Grand Pabos fault.

The Program includes a low-altitude high-resolution, helicopter-borne magnetic survey, soil sediment survey, trenching and detailed mapping of old and recent trenches.

The Lac Arsenault property consists of a series of gold-bearing and polymetallic veins (Au-As-Pb-Zn-Cu- (Ag)), oriented NNE, subvertical up to nearly a hundred meters in length and decimetric to metric thickness. The most important veins are the Baker vein, the Mersereau vein, the L4W vein and the Marleau vein (see table 1, 2) and (figure 1 : Map of claims of Lac Arsenault):

Table 1: Main gold veins of the Lac Arsenault property in channel sampling

length (m)
width (m)
Direction (°)Average grade
Au (g/t)
Average grade
Ag (g/t)
Baker450.1 to 1.210 to 4013.54453.94
Mersereau750.2 to 1.630 to 4010.35113.03
Marleau760.1 to 1.15 to 155.59-
L4W840.1 to 3.0301.47-
Greek110.5 to 3.0110 to 1350.65-
Source: Unpublished report presented by Ressources Appalaches 2005.
All data included in the above has been verified by Bernard-Olivier Martel, P. Geo, the Company's Director of Exploration, through researching and compiling all the reports available for historical data. The company has not re-assayed samples or drill hole intervals. (see press release Sept. 13, 2018)

Table 2: Main gold veins of the Lac Arsenault property in drilling

VeineDrill HoleFrom
Length ***
Au (g/t)Ag (g/t)Source
BakerAM1114.9115.40.58.7591.88GM 32162
BakerA-221.322.71.410133.59GM 32162
BakerA-329.632.83.23.6312.28GM 32162
BakerA-621.3220.79.38116.56GM 32162
BakerA-731.536.14.63.4421.88GM 32162
BakerA-1367.467.70.39.6950.31GM 32162
BakerA-1214.815.50.711.8846.56GM 32162
Marleau86-2489.991.51.610.728.2GM 45384
Marleau86-24A140.5140.80.38.522.19GM 45384
MersereauA-939. 32162
MersereauA-101213.21.11.6922.5GM 32162
MersereauA- 32162
Mersereau86-1419.9200.27.3134.38GM 45384
Mersereau86-262525.10.18.564.06GM 45384
*:Unpublished report presented by Ressources Appalaches in 2005.
**:Technical data not available 
***:Drilled length
All data included in the above has been verified by Bernard-Olivier Martel, P. Geo, the Company's Director of Exploration, through researching and compiling all the reports available for historical data. The company has not re-assayed samples or drill hole intervals.

The mineralization was interpreted as mesothermal gold veins with mineralization contained in fault-fill veins placed in the grauwackes and siltstones of the Arsenault Formation, of middle Ordovician age.

The veins are associated with sinistral, fragile-ductile, NNE-trending shear zones, which correspond to secondary structures of the Grand Pabos fault, an important dextral strike-slip fault in the south of the peninsula, located about 500 meters to the north of the property.

The historical work carried out on the Lac Arsenault property leads to the following observations:

  • The Baker, Mersereau, L4W and Marleau mineralized veins are spatially associated with brittle-ductile shear zones (The orientation of the veins is geometrically compatible with sinistral shear zones oriented between N20 and N40, as found in along the veins in most of the trenches),
  • The mineralized veins are described as being shear veins or fault-fill veins associated more specifically with the N40 sinister shears, themselves satellite faults of the Grand Pabos fault.
  • The vein segments oriented at an angle of 45 degrees with respect to the sinistral shear zones NNE seem more favorable for the deposition of metals,
  • Some shear zones are clearly posterior to the veins and the hydrothermal event,
  • Extension quartz veins with comb textures oriented parallel to the Baker vein are folded by one of the N40 sinister shear zones suggesting that some of the N40 shears post-date the mineralized veins.

The chronological relationships between the veins and the shear zones are important. It is therefore essential to undertake a structural study in order to properly characterize the deformation of the veins, the possible displacements, the orientation of the folds, in order to follow the mineralization in the future. As such, the Program was designed to include the following:

  • Clean existing trenches
  • Complete new trenches on areas that returned soil sample anomalies for As and Ag, targets for lateral extensions of known veins and targets for surface projections of veins cut from historic boreholes
  • Complete detailed structural mapping of historic and recent trenches.
  • A soil geochemical survey (horizon b) in order to define new targets anomalous in As and Ag
  • A low-altitude helicopter-borne magnetic survey aimed at identifying and interpreting new structures similar to known mineralized zones.

About Gespeg Resources Inc.: Gespeg is an exploration company with a focus in strategic and energetic metals and underexplored regions “Gaspé, Chibougamau Québec”. With a dedicated management team, the Company’s goal is to create shareholder value through the discovery of new deposits.

Bernard-Olivier Martel, P. Geo, the Company's Director of Exploration, is a qualified person (as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects) and has reviewed and approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release.


(signed) “Sylvain Laberge

Sylvain Laberge
President and CEO

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