West Kirkland Drilling Update
March 24, 2011
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, March 24, 2011 - West Kirkland Mining Inc. (“WKM-TSXV”) (“West Kirkland” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update on exploration activities currently underway on the Company’s Kirkland Lake properties.
Drilling is continuing on the Company’s Kirkland Lake properties. A second drill rig has now been added to the program, and mobilized to follow up on the Company’s high-grade intercept of 19.79 g/t Au over 7.9 meters on the Cunningham Property (see press release dated November 18th 2010). The Company has been acquiring properties in addition to the 100% optioned Cunningham Property to the west of the original intercept. The Company has identified and now acquired 100% option interests along a five kilometer long structure where limited shallow drilling has intersected gold mineralization and intercepts have not been followed up at depth. A minimum of 5,000 meters of drilling is budgeted for this target area.
A drill rig is also currently being mobilized to the Goldbanks Property which is West Kirkland’s closest property to the gold mines in Kirkland Lake. This drill rig has been testing regional targets and taking advantage of ice conditions on Kenogami Lake to drill the projection of the main Kirkland Lake Break.
Drilling on the Goldbanks Property will test the prolific gold bearing ’05 and ’04 break structures projecting onto the property from the Macassa Mine which has produced nearly four million ounces of gold. The Macassa # 3 headframe is located approximately 1,200 meters from the eastern Goldbanks Property boundary and 2,300 meters along strike from the collar of the Company’s first drillhole on the Goldbanks Property.
Recent published gold values from Macassa underground drilling are located west, towards Goldbanks, across a fault that historically was thought to limit the gold camp. These intercepts indicate potential at Goldbanks. Goldbanks has the break fabric of the mine crossing through the property.
West Kirkland will be the first company to do modern diamond drilling on the Goldbanks Property. Limited historic drilling generated intercepts of 6.5 g/t Au over 1.8 meters and 24.34 g/t Au over 0.3 meters, both at shallow depths. This rig will concentrate on evaluating the Goldbanks Property with a minimum budget of 3,000 meters.
Mr. Ken Kryklywy, the Company’s Manager of Ontario and Quebec said, “It’s going to be a very exciting spring drilling in the shadow of a 25 million ounce gold deposit and chasing high grade intercepts that have seen limited follow up.”
Qualified Person, Verification, Quality Control and Assurance
Michael G. Allen, P. Geo, is the non-independent qualified person for this news release. He has relevant experience in exploration and development projects in North America over the past twelve years.
About West Kirkland Mining
West Kirkland Mining was formed in 2010 to focus on gold exploration along major trends in North America. The Company has consolidated significant mineral rights positions in the Kirkland Lake area of Ontario and within major gold trends of North Eastern Nevada -two of North America’s premier gold jurisdictions. The company will be drilling extensively in both gold camps in 2011.
In addition to a $2 million minimum exploration budget in Kirkland Lake, West Kirkland Mining has a minimum exploration budget in Northern Nevada of $2 million in northern Nevada also along the major trends. An update from compilation work being completed on the large volume of data including geology, geochemistry, geophysics and drilling that is part of the joint venture on 11 properties with Fronteer Gold in Nevada is expected shortly. A 2011 drill plan update for Nevada will be released at this time.
The founders and Board of West Kirkland Mining have successful gold discovery, development and mine operations experience in both Ontario and Nevada over the past 40 years.
West Kirkland Mining Inc.
R. Michael Jones, Michael Allen or Matthew Chandler at (604) 685-8311
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Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information
This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Such information includes, without limitation, information regarding proposed exploration activities. Although the Company believes that such information is reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking information is typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking information provided by the Company is not a guarantee of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking information as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, the state of the financial markets for the Company’s equity securities, the state of the market for gold or other minerals that may be produced generally, recent market volatility; variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, the Company's ability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its activities, to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies and other risks associated with the exploration and development of mineral properties. The reader is referred to the Company's public filings for a more complete discussion of such risk factors and their potential effects which may be accessed through the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.