The Abernethy Project is located 10km southwest of Kenora, Ontario. Acquired by staking, Benton has 100% ownership in this property which consists of 9 claims totaling 67 units. It covers a historically defined 640 metre long and up to 210 metre wide electromagnetic conductor outlined by Hudson Bay Exploration and Development Co. Ltd in 1974. The anomaly was tested by Hudson Bay with a single drill hole and intersected anomalous gold throughout the hole including one section that returned 17.8 gpt gold over 1.52 metres. Subsequently in 1987 the project was acquired by Mingold Resources Inc. who further tested the same zone with two diamond drill holes spaced at 61 metres apart. This drilling also intersected significant anomalous gold throughout both drill holes including 6.30 gpt gold over 6.1 metres in drill hole ABE-1 and 1.62 gpt gold over 6.7 metres (including 10.0 gpt gold over 0.61 metres) in drill hole ABE-3.
Research of historical assessment work filed with the provincial government indicate there are only three historical drill holes in the electromagnetic conductor suggesting the zone is open at depth and along strike in both directions. Recent forestry logging operations have opened access to several areas within the claim group providing good infrastructure.
Benton completed a Phase I drill program that identified a large gold system of multiple gold-rich horizons that measures more than 500m in strike length and up to 77m core length in width. The system is open in all directions. Notably, the hole furthest to the west (ABE 11-07) cut multiple gold horizons that averaged 0.53gpt Au over 77.1 meters with several higher grade sections listed in the table below. Visible gold is noted in the section 162.5m–164m. Hole ABE 11-07 was collared more then 200m west of two historical drill holes that returned gold grades of 17.8 gpt gold over 1.52 metres and 6.30 gpt gold over 6.1 metres. A table of significant results can be found below.
On February 25, 2015, Benton announced it has optioned the Abernethy project to Element 79 Capital. Details of the agreement can be found here.
Benton Phase I Drill Highlights
Benton Drill Hole Locations
on Historical Ground Mag Survey