Blue Lagoon Resources, near-term production opportunity, High-Grade gold & silver in B.C.

The views expressed in the following article are solely that of its author, Peter Epstein. Any commentary by Mr. Epstein about potential mining activities or resource size are his opinions alone. All $ figures are C$ unless indicated otherwise. “Au” = gold, “Ag” = silver.

Blue Lagoon Resources (CSE: BLLG) / (OTCQB: BLAGF) recently announced its Fall 2020 prospecting program results and the addition of a second rig to its largest ever 20,000+ meter drill program on the 18,935-hectare, Dome Mountain Gold-Silver project, (15 known high-grade vein systems, 20 km geological strike), 50 minutes from the storied mining town of Smithers B.C.

The Company has other meaningful assets, including the 100%-owned, 7,120 ha Pellaire (Gold) and 4,810 ha Big Onion (porphyry copper) projects. More on those later, Dome Mountain is the primary focus. {please see new corporate presentation here.}

Over $100M (in today’s $) spent exploring just 10% of the Dome project…

In today’s dollars, > $100M has been invested into exploration & development, by serious companies including Noranda & Timmins. In 1987, Noranda outlined a resource of ~20k tonnes at 23.6 g/t gold (“Au”) [not NI 43-101 compliant], at the Forks target. That’s just one of 15 known vein systems on the property. Forks is ~500 m south of the Company’s existing resource of ~191k Au Eq. ozs., at a wtd. avg. grade of ~10.2 g/t. (70 ozs. Ag = 1 Au eq. oz.)

Amazingly, decades of investment was directed almost entirely at chasing the Boulder Vein system across ~10% of the recently enlarged Dome project. Recently, for the first time, a property-wide airborne geophysics program was flown.

Five very attractive targets were readily identified, but the technical team is still analysing the data and believes there’s probably a dozen or more. 

Later this year, mgmt. could have line-of-sight to a high-grade resource approaching a million gold equiv. ounces at Dome. And, there would still be substantial blue-sky potential across the other 14 high-grade vein systems on the 18,935 ha footprint.

Consider this exclusive quote by CEO Rana Vig,

“Our approach to drilling the Dome property is two-fold. Firstly, from data we have, there’s a high degree of confidence that we can grow the resource on the Boulder Vein system by more than five times by following up on 2016 drilling, and drilling a known 800-meter extension to the west. That, and expanding upon the limited drilling done at depth — which is known to be high-grade...

Secondly, we will chase substantial blue-sky potential by drilling some of the 15 known high-grade gold-silver vein systems, especially new targets recently identified by our first ever property-wide airborne survey. Regarding our ongoing drill program — visually we can see we’re hitting mineralization, but we don’t expect initial assays back until early-to-mid March.

As Mr. Vig points out, the area around the Boulder Vein system remains open at depth. Last year, hole DM-20-139, drilled to ~600 meters depth, intersected 3.1 m of 18.6 g/t Au Eq. from 335.5 to 338.6 m. Most historical holes were half (or less) as deep.

Readers should note that the resource estimate was calculated with a 3.4 g/t gold cut-off grade. All else equal, lowering the cut-off grade (due to the higher Au/Ag prices) would increase the # of resource ounces.

Highlights of new rock sample data

Booked ounces are especially valuable at Dome Mountain because management can potentially start exploiting them this year. Blue Lagoon holds both an Environmental Management Act Permit, and a Mining Permit that, (with routine amendments & modest capital outlays in coming months), will allow for a 75k tonne/yr. operation. Neither permit has an expiration date. Dome could be the very next gold-silver mining operation in B.C.

CEO Vig believes this year will be another strong one for gold & silver prices. Many analysts see gold at $2,000-$2,300/oz. and silver at $32-$40/oz. in 2021-22. Yet, even at today’s price of ~$1,862/oz., Blue Lagoon is in fantastic shape — with an Enterprise Value (“EV“) {market cap + debt – cash} of $36M and > $5M in cash, and zero debt.

The chart below shows scenarios ranging from mining 75 to 200 tonnes/day at [Au Eq.] grades of 8 to 15 g/t. A run-rate of 9 – 12k ozs./yr could be achieved this year. In 1H 2022, management plans to have ramped up from 100 to 200 tpd. Depending on grade, that could mean a run-rate of 18 – 25k ozs./yr.

If achieved, millions of dollars in cash flow (after a profit split with B.C. mill owner & junior miner Nicola Mining), would fund a lot of exploration & development, while mitigating the need for private placements.

Small-scale production from Dome Mountain could start this year!

I assumed a 90% mill recovery rate for both gold & silver. However, in 2016 ~6,600 tonnes of ore from Dome Mountain was processed through Nicola’s Mill. The average grade was 9 g/t gold equiv. The gold recovery rate was 95%, silver about 85%. Since then, Nicola has reportedly improved its silver recovery to ~88-89% for ore like that found at Dome Mountain.

The 9 g/t Au bulk sample from 2016 compares to a reported 43,900 tonnes mined at ~12 g/t, in the early 1990’s. The Project hosts roughly 4 ounces of silver for each ounce of gold.

Drilling is well underway at Dome (20,000+ m) and will continue into the Spring. Initial results are expected in early-to-mid March. The technical team likes what they’re seeing, but grades cannot be estimated, we have to wait for assays.

A second drill rig has been deployed to follow-up on high-grade results in hole DM-20-114, which hit 107 g/t Au + 278 g/t Ag over 1.4 m (incl. 165.3 g/t Au + 398 g/t Ag over 0.7 m) starting from a depth of 69 m. That’s 1.4 m of 110.8 g/t Au Eq. found at < 80 m depth, one of many near-surface, bonanza-grade intercepts found over the decades.

I believe Dome Mountain alone is worth well more than Blue Lagoon’s entire EV — especially if/when new discoveries are made. Dome is the type of project, (possibly large-scale, very high-grade, near-surface resource, with good regional infrastructure, in a great jurisdiction) that should attract the attention of mid-tier & Major gold-silver producers.

Pellaire & Big Onion; two other meaningful & valuable projects

As great as the flagship Dome Mountain project is, two of the Company’s other assets are quite compelling as well. The 100%-owned, 7,120 ha Pellaire Gold project is 220 km due north of Vancouver. It contains at least 10 narrow high-grade, gold-bearing vein systems that outcrop at surface at an elevation of ~2,500 m.

The camp & mill site are situated below, at an elevation of ~1,690 m. The project has ~1,300 m of narrow underground workings from five historical surface adits. None of the underground workings is currently accessible.

Importantly, there’s ~24,000 tonnes of stockpiled material at Pellaire, (not waste or tailings, but ore) at an estimated grade of 5.5 g/t Au. This represents a fairly straight-forward, multi-million dollar cash flow opportunity (over a 5-6 month period) expected to start in late Spring.

For a variety of reasons, management believes there’s a chance that the 5.5 g/t Au grade assumption is too conservative, which, if true, could add a few million dollars to the operation. Cash from toll-milling this stockpile will be directed towards exploring the property’s 15 known high-grade vein systems.

According to prior studies, Pellaire’s metallurgy looks quite promising. For instance, a report by Ash Associates, in Oct. 1995 asserted,

“At the time of deposition, the mineralization of the Pellaire veins included significant sulfides & tellurides…. in this particular case — the sulfides & tellurides have been almost entirely leached out…. The absence of sulfides is an advantage, since high gold recoveries and low reagent usage tend to result from situations like this….”

The 4,810 ha Big Onion project has had [313 holes / 45,477 m] drilled into it and has an historical (non NI 43-101 compliant) resource of > 700M lbs. of copper (combined, Indicated + Inferred) at a grade of about 0.30% (+ some molybdenum). There are two compelling targets ready to drill.

Management believes there’s tremendous blue-sky potential to greatly expand the dimensions of the deposit, possibly up to 1 billion tonnes, in this copper porphyry target. The historical resource is ~90M tonnes.

If the deposit is found to be much larger, (subject to more drilling) a higher cut-off grade could be used to demonstrate a fairly high-grade (by porphyry-style standards) and fairly large (multi-billion pound) copper system.

Big Onion is very close to Dome Mountain. Management is working on many aspects of the two properties at the same time, saving time & money. As a promising copper porphyry target, Big Onion could attract companies that might not otherwise be interested in Blue Lagoon’s gold-silver heavy assets.

Copper offers excellent diversification from the Company’s gold-silver focus. It’s the best green energy / high-tech / battery metal, the only one that benefits from growth in 1) renewable energy, 2) city-scale infrastructure builds & grid deployments, and 3) the EV revolution. Simply put, copper is absolutely crucial to global efforts to decarbonize the planet.


With Blue Lagoon, investors get three bites at the junior mining apple. This is a Company with a strong management / technical team, > $5M in cash and no debt. Its flagship project Dome Mountain could have line-of-sight to 1M high-grade, gold equiv. ounces before too long. In my opinion, this alone in B.C., Canada, could be worth perhaps twice the Company’s current Enterprise Value.

If there is a million ounces, as management envisions, that would mean the team’s understanding of structure & geology is sound, and that the project has reasonably good continuity — which could lead to a multi-million ounce, high-grade gold-silver deposit in 2022 or 2023. Remember, it would cost over $100M and take years to replicate what has been done.

Both Pellaire & Big Onion are strong enough projects to be spun out into new entities. In my opinion, each could support market caps in the ten(s) of millions. Combined, Dome Mountain, Pellaire & Big Onion are worth A LOT more than Blue Lagoon Resources’ (CSE: BLLG) / (OTCQB: BLAGF) current valuation.

Blue Lagoon shares traded as high as $2.11 in early 2020, BEFORE management acquired Dome Mountain, and before a major move higher in gold, silver & copper prices! There’s tremendous upside potential if management can execute on its plans this year.

{please watch short video clip on the Dome Mountain project}

NOTE: The Company will evaluate a production decision once all permit requirements are in place. Any production decision in advance of obtaining a Feasibility Study, including mineral reserves demonstrating economic & technical viability of the project, is associated with increased uncertainty & risk of failure.

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