Piedmont Lithium (ASX:PLL; NASDAQ:PLL): Developing 100%-Owned Piedmont Lithium Project in North Carolina; Interview with Keith D. Phillips, Managing Director and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Piedmont Lithium (ASX: PLL; NASDAQ: PLL) is an emerging lithium company focused on the development of its 100%-owned Piedmont Lithium Project in North Carolina. We learned from Keith D. Phillips, Managing Director and CEO of Piedmont Lithium, that the Company is advancing the plans to build a mine, concentrator plant and a lithium hydroxide chemical plant with the goal to develop the only conventional US-based integrated lithium project based on their large, high -grade spodumene deposit. We learned from Mr. Phillips that they have just 47% increased their resource by 47% to 27.9 Mt @ 1.11% Li2O. Near term plans include building and commissioning the mine and concentrator and using the cash-flow from it to build the lithium hydroxide chemical plant. According to Mr. Phillips, the returns are fantastic, with the original scoping study showing the net present value of 888 million dollars before the resource update. Piedmont plans to receive all of the permits in 2019, and begin construction on the project in 2020, and commence the production of lithium in 2021.
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Standard Lithium Ltd. (TSXV: SLL, OTCQX: STLHF, FRA: S5L): Partnered with LANXESS to Pursue the Commercial Development of Extracting Battery-Grade Lithium from Brine; Interview with Robert Mintak, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Standard Lithium Ltd. (TSXV: SLL, OTCQX: STLHF, FRA: S5L) is a specialty chemical company, focused on unlocking the value of existing, large-scale, US–based, lithium-brine resources. The Company’s flagship project is located in southern Arkansas, where it is engaged in the testing and proving of the commercial viability of lithium extraction, from over 150,000 acres of permitted brine operations, utilizing the Company’s proprietary selective extraction technology. We learned from Robert Mintak, CEO and Director of Standard Lithium, that in 2018 they partnered with LANXESS AG, one of the biggest chemical companies in Europe, to use the brine from the LANXESS operating permitted brine facilities, in south Arkansas, to test and pursue the commercial development of extracting battery-grade lithium from that brine. In addition, and subject to proof of concept and a positive feasibility study, Standard Lithium and LANXESS will form a joint venture to develop the project and add another 27,000 acres of Standard Lithium's green field brine leases located near the LANXESS operations. The Company built an industrial-scale demonstration plant that will be shipped to Arkansas from Canada later this month.
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IsoEnergy Ltd. (TSXV: ISO; OTCQX: ISENF): Spin-Off from NexGen, Well-Funded Athabasca Basin Uranium Exploration and Development Company: Interview with Craig Parry, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


IsoEnergy Ltd. (TSXV: ISO; OTCQX: ISENF) is a well-funded uranium exploration and development company with a portfolio of prospective projects in the Eastern Athabasca Basin in Saskatchewan, Canada and a historic inferred mineral resource estimate at the Mountain Lake uranium deposit in Nunavut. We learned from Craig Parry, CEO of IsoEnergy, that IsoEnergy was a spin-off from NexGen Energy, the company that had discovered and developed the universally recognized Arrow Deposit, and owns about 54% of IsoEnergy. The Company's strategy is to acquire properties with known mineralization, and follow-up on the previously identified targets. We learned from Mr. Parry that last year, they made a significant high-grade Hurricane Zone uranium discovery on their Larocque East property, and now they are in the middle of their second major drill program there.
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Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. (NYSE American: PZG) to Complete Bankable Feasibility Study for Grassy Mountain Gold Mine in Oregon; Interview with John Seaberg, Executive Chairman
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. (NYSE American: PZG) is a US focused gold development company that owns 100% of the Grassy Mountain Gold Project, which consists of approximately 11,000 acres located on private and BLM land in Malheur County, Oregon. The Grassy Mountain Gold Project contains a gold-silver deposit, entirely located on private land, for which results of a positive PFS have been released and key permitting milestones accomplished in 2018/19. We learned from John Seaberg, Executive Chairman of Paramount Gold Nevada, that on June 25, 2019, they have entered into an agreement with Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc. to complete a National Instrument 43-101 Feasibility Study for the proposed Grassy Mountain gold mine. In addition, Ausenco is going to become a significant shareholder of Paramount. The Company is very tightly held with only 26 million shares outstanding, and has an exceptional Board of Directors, with significant experience that gives it very good strategic guidance. In addition, Paramount owns a 100% interest in the Sleeper Gold Project, located in Northern Nevada.
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SIRIOS Resources (TSX-V: SOI): Pioneer in the Discovery of World-Class Gold Deposits in James Bay, Quebec; Interview with Dominique Doucet, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


SIRIOS Resources (TSX-V: SOI) is a project generator founded in 1995, and, over the years, has discovered numerous gold and silver showings in Nord-du-Québec, Eastern Canada. The Company's current flagship project, Cheechoo, located in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay region of Quebec, is the largest and most promising gold discovery in the history of Sirios. We learned from Dominique Doucet, President and CEO of Sirios Resources, that the gold mineralization at Cheechoo is spread over a very large area between 1 and 1.5 kilometer long, and 500 meter wide, and over 300 meter vertical depth. The deposit is a low-grade, up to 1 gpt envelope, with many high-grade veins inside that could reach many hundreds of grams per ton, over one or two meters and multiple grams per ton, up to ten meters wide. Plans for 2019 include finishing metallurgical testing of 5.5 tons composite core samples, and commissioning of the maiden resources estimate.
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Pala Investments to Acquire Cobalt 27 for C$5.75 per Share; Creation of Nickel 28; Interview with Anthony Milewski, Chairman and CEO, and Justin Cochrane, President and COO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Cobalt 27 Capital Corp. (TSXV: KBLT) (OTCQX: CBLLF) (FRA: 27O), is a battery metals streaming and royalty company, primarily focused on cobalt and nickel, offering exposure to metals integral to key technologies of the electric vehicle and energy storage markets. We learned from Anthony Milewski, Chairman and CEO, and also from Justin Cochrane, President and COO, of Cobalt 27, about the recent agreement providing for the acquisition of Cobalt 27 by Pala Investments Limited, and a spin-off of a new company called Nickel 28 Capital Corp., subject to vote by shareholders in late August or early September. According to the deal, the Voisey's Bay stream and the physical position will remain with Cobalt 27 and Pala will repay Cobalt 27's nearly US$50 million of debt. Nickel 28 will receive the joint venture interest in the Ramu Nickel-Cobalt Mine, considered one of the most efficient, integrated lateritic nickel-cobalt operations in the world, ranking in the first quartile of the 2019 global nickel asset cost curve, as well as a 1.75% NSR royalty on Dumont, a shovel-ready nickel-cobalt project in Canada, a 2.0% NSR royalty on the Turnagain project and a 7.4% equity stake in Giga Metals, owner of the Turnagain project.
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Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM, OTCQX: TPRFF}: Leading High-Grade Mid-Tier Gold Producer and Silver Producer in Colombia; Interview with Mike Davies, CFO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM, OTCQX: TPRFF) is an emerging mid-tier gold and silver producer and the leading underground high-grade gold producer in Colombia, with several mines in operation at its Segovia and Marmato Operations. We learned from Mike Davies, Chief Financial Officer of Gran Colombia Gold, that in the last quarter, the Company demonstrated excellent performance, setting a new gold production record of 60,601 ounces, and continuing the strong performance in April and May on track for a 240,000 ounces a year, way above the last year's numbers. With all-in sustaining cost at $832 an ounce, in the first quarter, the Company's revenues hit $77.5 million. Plans for 2019 include further optimizations as well as exploration drilling to expand the resource, all funded by the current gold production.
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Nova Minerals Ltd (ASX: NVA): Advancing Globally Significant Intrusive Related Gold Project in Alaska Similar to Fort Knox and Dublin Gulch also the Thompson Brothers Lithium Project in Manitoba, 6.3 Million Tons at 1.3%; Interview with Louie Simens, Dire
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Louie Simens, Director of Nova Minerals Limited (ASX: NVA), that they are focused on their advanced, potentially globally significant, Estelle project, a Intrusive related gold system (IRGS) exploration project in Alaska's newest gold belt. This is a district-scale gold camp with a potential for a multi‐million-ounce gold discovery with Geologically sharing similarities to Kinross’ Fort Knox Mine and Victoria Gold’s Eagle Gold Mine (Dublin Gulch). Nova's second project, the Thompson Brothers lithium project in Manitoba, has a resource of 6.3 million tons at 1.3% and is in the process of being listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange as a spin-off. We learned from Mr. Simens that the Estelle gold project has full support of the Government departments, and the Oxide prospect has the potential to be a near- surface, open-pittable, early payback opportunity being one of 15 known targets of similar size. Plans for the rest of 2019 include finalizing the lithium spin-off and putting together a maiden resource for the gold project.
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Ausmex Mining Group (ASX: AMG): Gold Producer and Copper Gold Cobalt Explorer in Australia; Interview with Matt Morgan, Managing Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Matt Morgan, Managing Director of Ausmex Mining Group (ASX: AMG), that they are a gold producer and copper gold cobalt explorer, with a unique exposure to 2 tier-one IOCG projects in Australia. Ausmex shares a project called Mt. Freda, with Newcrest Mining in Queensland, which they are both drilling and expect significant high-grade results. In South Australia, Ausmex has a very large tenement holding with numerous high-grade copper gold workings on surface, where they identified a large conductive structure that is very similar in magnitude, scale and geochemistry to BHP's Olympic Dam. Near term plans include new exploration drilling programs on both projects, while at the same time continuing mining at the Company's shallow, high-grade, oxide gold deposits on surface. The bulk of that oxide gold material will be trucked to two processing plants. According to Mr. Morgan, Ausmex has a team of seasoned geologists, mining engineers, chemical engineers, and mechanical engineers, with over 100 years of combined experience and a great track record.
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White Rock Minerals Ltd (ASX: WRM): Exploring and Developing a Zinc and Precious Metals Massive Sulphide (VMS) Project in Alaska and a Large Gold and Silver Resource in Australia; Interview with Matthew Gill, Managing Director and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


White Rock Minerals Ltd (ASX: WRM) owns 100% of, the globally significant, Red Mountain polymetallic, volcanogenic, massive sulphide (VMS) exploration project, in an established VMS district of central Alaska, where there is significant potential to discover several new large zinc-silver-lead-gold-copper deposits. This project has a recent maiden JORC 2012 Resource of 9Mt grading 13% ZnEq. We learned from Matthew Gill, who is Managing Director and CEO of White Rock, that Sandfire Resources is spending a minimum of 6 million dollars on this year's four-month exploration program at the Red Mountain as part of their joint venture agreement with White Rock. In Australia, White Rock has an advanced gold and silver project called Mount Carrington, with an existing JORC gold and silver resource, with a gold Reserve and near term production possibility. According to Mr. Gill, with over six hundred thousand ounces of gold and over seventy-five million ounces of silver between these two projects, along with base metals (1.5B lbs. of zinc and 0.6B lbs. of lead), White Rock Minerals has enough commodity diversification to attract potential investors.
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Osino Resources Corp. (TSXV: OSI) (FSE: RSR1); Successful Team with Strong Financial Backers Exploring Namibia’s Rich Damara Gold Belt; Interview with Heye Daun, CEO & Co-Founder
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Osino Resources Corp. (TSXV: OSI) (FSE: RSR1) is actively advancing a range of gold discoveries, prospects and targets across its 7,400km 2 ground position, located within Namibia’s prospective Damara mineral belt, mostly in proximity to and along strike of the producing Navachab and Otjikoto Gold Mines. We learned from Heye Daun, who is CEO, Co-founder and Executive Director of Osino Resources, and a Namibian himself, that Namibia is a great jurisdiction, similar to Texas or Western Australia in looks and infrastructure, as well as in regulatory framework. It is secure and safe, and easy and cheap to operate in Namibia. With the team that has delivered value before, and an impressive group of shareholders that includes Ross Beaty and Trimark, Osino Resources is well positioned to reach its objective, which is to make a significant economic gold discovery.
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Pelangio Exploration Inc. (PX: TSX-V; OTC PINK: PGXPF): Amazing Successful Team Exploring in Top-Ranked Mining Jurisdictions in the world, Ontario, Canada and Ghana; Interview with Ingrid Hibbard, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Pelangio Exploration Inc. (PX:TSX-V; OTC PINK:PGXPF) is focused on exploring large land packages in world-class gold belts in Canada and Ghana, West Africa. In Canada, Pelangio controls a number of early-stage properties in Ontario, in areas with active and historic mining activities. In Ghana, the Company is focusing on two 100%-owned camp-sized properties: the 100 square kilometers Manfo Property, the site of seven recent near-surface gold discoveries, and the 284 square kilometers Obuasi Property, located 4 kilometers on strike and adjacent to AngloGold Ashanti’s prolific high-grade Obuasi Mine. We learned from Ingrid Hibbard, President and CEO of Pelangio Exploration, that last year the Company made some strategic acquisitions in Canada. Pelangio is currently focused on the Dome West property, located 800 meters west of Goldcorp’s Dome Mine, where they've just completed a very successful drill program. With five core properties and a proven project generator strategy, Pelangio is well positioned for success.
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Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited (TSXV: NZP, NZAX: CRP): New Zealand’s Only Ultralow Cadmium, Environmentally Friendly Phosphate Fertilizer; Interview with Chris Castle, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited (TSXV: NZP, NZAX: CRP) is the custodian of New Zealand’s only material resource of ultralow cadmium, environmentally friendly pastoral phosphate fertilizer, and aims to be the premier supplier of direct application phosphate to the New Zealand and global agricultural sector. The low-cost resource located 400 meters under the water offshore New Zealand, represents one of New Zealand’s most valuable mineral assets and is of huge strategic significance because phosphate is essential to maintain New Zealand’s high agricultural productivity. We learned from Mr. Chris Castle, who's President and CEO of Chatham Rock Phosphate, that once they are fully permitted they will be able to operate in three or four years' time with no capital cost, and with established markets for their product in several countries of Asia-Pacific and Australasia, particularly India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Australia, and New Zealand. The recent decision of the European Union and European Council to put restrictions on the level of cancer-causing cadmium in phosphate excludes rock from most of the major phosphate exporters around the world and gives Chatham Rock Phosphate a huge advantage in the industry.
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Delrey Metals Corp. (CSE: DLRY, FSE:1OZ, OTC:DLRYF): Focused on Vanadium and Iron in Canada; Interview with Morgan Good, Founder, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Delrey Metals Corp. (CSE:DLRY, FSE:1OZ, OTC:DLRYF) has an option to earn an 80% interest in the Four Corners, advanced stage, iron-titanium-vanadium exploration project, located in Newfoundland and Labrador. We learned from Morgan Good, Founder, President and CEO of Delrey Metals, that the Four Corners Project has positive historical drilling, metallurgy, and development economics, as well as great exploration potential. Delrey has an opportunity to prove-up this potential resource, and bring a significant amount of value into the Company, which would justify a much greater market cap. The Company also wholly owns the Star, Porcher, Peneece and Blackie Fe-Ti-V properties, located along tidewater, in western British Columbia, where they have done exploration work on all four of the projects in the spring of 2019, which produced positive results and led to the new exploration drilling program that will commence later this summer.
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Interview with Rick Rule about the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium
by Allen M. Alper Jr, President of Metals News


I had the pleasure of talking with Rick Rule about the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium that will take place in Vancouver on July 30 - August 2nd, 2019. There will be top-notch speakers, and the living legend panel, made up of people who have built multi-billion-dollar natural resource based businesses from scratch. Each of almost 80 public company exhibitors at the conference is an issuer that is owned in Sprott managed accounts, which guarantees that Sprott has vetted every single exhibitor. According to Rick Rule, the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium is the world's most important annual event for high-net-worth retail investors in the natural resource business. It has stood the test of time for nearly 30 years, and, this year, it could be especially useful to investors because current share prices are at real lows coming out of a long bear market.
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Breaker Resources NL (ASX: BRB): Discovering and Developing Large New High-Grade Gold Deposits, in Australia’s Super-Terrane; Interview with Tom Sanders, Executive Chairman
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Breaker Resources NL (ASX: BRB) is focused on discovering and developing large new gold deposits, hidden by transported cover, in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields’ Super-terrane, where the Company made three separate high-grade gold discoveries in 2016. We learned from Tom Sanders, Executive Chairman of Breaker Resources, that they have been drilling non-stop for the past two years, and have the current resource of 1.1 million ounces that is currently being updated. The Company's strategy is to continue growing the discovery, and at the same time progressing a pre-feasibility study aimed at early open-pit production, while drilling continues to expand the resource, with the possibility of going underground.
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Interview with Elmer Stewart, President and CEO of Copper Fox (TSXV: CUU) (OTC Pink: CPFXF)
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


Copper Fox Metals Inc. (TSXV: CUU) (OTC Pink: CPFXF) is focused on the exploration and development of copper properties in Canada and the United States. At PDAC 2019, we learned from Elmer Stewart, President and CEO of Copper Fox, that they have four copper projects and a significant investment in a publically traded company that spans the copper space from early stage exploration to very advanced development stage projects. Their flagship project is the 25% interest in the Schaft Creek Joint Venture on the Schaft Creek copper-gold-molybdenum-silver deposit, with Teck Resources Limited, located in northwestern British Columbia, where the joint venture is working toward enhancing the value of the project. Copper Fox’s goal is to sell its 25% interest in the Schaft creek project. According to Mr. Stewart, the insiders own 57% of the Company, and their major shareholder is a strong supporter. Mr. Stewart, a strong believer in the future of the copper industry, commented that it looks like the industry is on the emerging edge of a significant supply deficit due to a number of operational issues, compounded by experts forecasting that by 2035, approximately 200 currently operating copper mines will be closed.
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Element 25 Limited (ASX: E25): Owns 100% of Australia’s Largest Onshore Manganese Resource; Interview with Justin Brown, Executive Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Element 25 Limited (ASX: E25) owns 100% of the Butcherbird Project that hosts Australia’s largest onshore manganese resource. The project is located in a low-risk mining jurisdiction in Western Australia, near excellent infrastructure. It contains over 260 Mt of manganese ore, with exceedingly simple geology. We learned from Justin Brown, Executive Director of Element 25, that the Company’s core strategy is to develop a globally significant, high-purity manganese production hub in a tier-1 jurisdiction, at a time when demand for manganese is growing strongly. The pre-feasibility study, due in July, is in progress, along with permitting and metallurgical testing. The definitive feasibility study is scheduled to be delivered by second quarter of 2020. We learned from Mr. Brown that the Company has already produced its first samples of high purity manganese products for dispatch to off-takers, which will underpin off-take negotiations.
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Interview with Trevor Walker, President and CEO of Frontier Lithium Inc. (TSX.V: FL)
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


Frontier Lithium Inc. (TSX.V: FL) is focused on becoming a low-cost, fully integrated lithium producer, through development of the world-class PAK lithium deposit in Ontario, Canada. At PDAC 2019, we learned from Trevor Walker, President and CEO of Frontier Lithium, that they have invested nearly $10 million into the project since 2013, and turned it into the highest-grade lithium deposit in North America. According to Mr. Walker, Frontier Lithium can become a producer in the lithium space, first, by supplying technical grade concentrates for high-end glass manufacturers, second, by supplying premium chemical grade concentrates for the production of lithium hydroxide. We learned from Mr. Walker, that the Company recently commenced a maiden drill program at the newly discovered high-grade Spark Pegmatite, 2.3 km northwest of the PAK deposit. Frontier Lithium maintains a tight share structure with management ownership over 30%.
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White Rock Minerals Ltd (ASX: WRM); Zinc, Silver, Gold and Lead –3.7M Ozs of Gold Equivalent in Australia and USA; Interview with Matthew Gill, Managing Director & CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


White Rock Minerals Ltd (ASX: WRM) owns 100% of, the globally significant, Red Mountain polymetallic volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) exploration project, in an established VMS district of central Alaska, where there is significant potential to discover several new large zinc-silver-lead-gold-copper deposits. This project has a recent maiden JORC 2012 Resource of 9Mt grading 13% ZnEq. We learned from Matthew Gill, who is Managing Director and CEO of White Rock, that in the beginning of the year they entered into a joint venture with Sandfire Resources, a billion dollar ASX-listed Company, to progress exploration at the Red Mountain. Sandfire has to spend $20 million Australian, over 4 years, before they can earn 51%, with an option to acquire 70%, by spending another $10 million. As part of that, in 2019, they have to spend a minimum of A$6 million. White Rock also owns 100% of the Mt Carrington gold-silver project in New South Wales, Australia, with a JORC Resource estimate, containing over 340,000 ounces of gold and 23 million ounces of silver.
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