VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2012) - Equinox Exploration Corp. (TSX VENTURE:EQX) (Equinox) has commenced drilling with a diamond drill core rig at its Binghampton Copper Queen (BCQ) volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) Project near Prescott, Arizona within the Arizona Copper Belt. Equinox has also added a second drill to the contract, a reverse circulation drill rig, expected to arrive on site next week. Key points are:
- Drilling with the core rig will initially focus on the existing Copper Queen Mine
- The Copper Queen mine was developed on several levels but never placed into production due to legal issues
- The Arizona Geological Survey recorded an historic production of 1,413 short tons grading 9.95% copper, 0.25% zinc, 54.2 grams per tonne silver and 3.3 grams per tonne gold for the Copper Queen mine
- When the reverse circulation rig arrives next week it will test the strike extension of the Copper Queen mineralization and additional mineralized areas within the Copper Queen trend before moving on to the other VMS trends on the BCQ property (Binghampton, Fraction and Halfmoon)
Surface exploration continues at BCQ to locate additional VMS trends within the 2,032 hectare property.
Activity has continued at the Aura property, an oxide copper manto project, 31 kilometres southeast of Copiapo, Chile, allowing Equinox to commence shipments of ore to the Enami processing facility at the end of September.
Over the last few months, Equinox has completed extensive road improvements to allow haul truck access to multiple sites within the lease. Heavy equipment including haul trucks have been purchased. Upgrades to on-site housing and facilities have been completed. These improvements, upgrades and purchases are aimed at increasing production rates from the Aura property.
"We are pleased with the addition of the second drill rig at BCQ as it will allow the Company to fast track exploration of the additional VMS trends" stated Vic Nielsen, President of Equinox Exploration Corp.
About Equinox Exploration Corp.
Equinox Exploration Corp. is a publicly traded corporation listed on the TSX-Venture Exchange (TSX VENTURE:EQX) and is engaged in mineral exploration and development in the United States and Chile. The major focus is on copper exploration properties in the Southwest United States where management has extensive experience and a proven track record of discovery. To find out more about Equinox visit its website at www.EquinoxExploration.com.
R. Tim Henneberry, P Geo., on the Advisory Board of Equinox, is the Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 who has reviewed and approved the technical content of this news release.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Equinox Exploration Corp.
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