Drilling Turning at “Rare” Rare Earths Project in British Columbia, Canada, Ahead of PEA


Defense Metals (TSX-V: DEFN)(OTC: DFMTF) — currently trading around C$0.25 per share — has the drills turning on a resource expansion program at its flagship Wicheeda Rare Earth Element (REE) project in British Columbia, Canada.

The fall 2021 program, which is a follow up to a highly successful 2019 campaign, is slated for 32 holes [5,000 meters] and is being deployed to expand the known deposit and to further delineate existing resources.

The project currently boasts a resource of 4.9 million tonnes Indicated at 3.02% LREO (Light Rare Earth Elements) plus 12.1 million tonnes Inferred at 2.90% LREO. And there are a number of exciting targets to follow up on from the previous drill program. 

Defense Metals CEO, Craig Taylor, commented via press release:

"Defense Metals is excited to commence its 2021 resource expansion and delineation diamond drilling at Wicheeda. We expect completion of the 2021 campaign will further solidify Wicheeda as one of the premier North American REE assets, and subject to a successful PEA, leave us well positioned to initiate further advanced economic studies."

Geologically, the property is situated in the Foreland Belt and within the Rocky Mountain Trench, a major continental geologic feature. The Foreland Belt contains part of a large alkaline igneous province, stretching from the Canadian Cordillera to the southwestern United States, which includes several carbonatite and alkaline intrusive complexes hosting the Aley (niobium), Rock Canyon (REE), and Wicheeda (REE) deposits.

The project boasts several attractive qualities in addition to its geology. It’s easy to access by all-weather gravel roads, and it’s close by to infrastructure including power transmission lines, the CN railway, and major highways. It’s also close to an experienced workforce.

Last month, Defense entered into an MOU with Sinosteel MECC, a leading global metallurgical firm, on ore processing testwork and the potential establishment of an onsite, large-scale pilot plant at Wicheeda. 

Additionally, a large-scale pilot plant program is being proposed for the purpose of producing bulk samples of rare earth concentrate, mixed rare earth carbonate, and high-purity rare earth oxides. 

Perhaps most importantly for speculators, Defense Metals is on-track to complete a PEA on the project in Q4 to be followed by pre-feasibility in 2022. Those studies will be crucial to formulating next steps for the project as the company aims to advance Wicheeda as one of only a handful of REE projects on North American soil.

Our own Gerardo Del Real of Junior Resource Monthly has been providing all the context on Defense Metals from both a project and macro picture, including multiple exclusive interviews with CEO Craig Taylor.

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Also click here for our feature report on Defense Metals. 

Yours in profits,


Mike Fagan

Mike Fagan
Editor, Resource Stock Digest

Mike Fagan has mining in his blood. As a teenager he staked countless gold and silver properties in Nevada alongside his dad, Brian Fagan, who created the Prospect Generator model that’s still widely used today in the resource space. One of those staking projects was put into production by a major Canadian mining company — a truly rare and profitable experience. That background uniquely qualifies him as a mining stock speculator. One of the most well-known names in the business, Mike is now putting that experience to use for the benefit of Resource Stock Digest readers.

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