July 13th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT) (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) has learned that fires moving through the Cache Creek region did not make contact with the Z1 Zeolite Mine. Crews and equipment are contracted to arrive on site when air quality improves and fires have been brought under control. Ashburton will update investors once operations commence or further information is available.
Contracted equipment includes an excavator, crusher, loader, screener and control power plant.
Crews will remove 15,000 cubic yards of overburden to improve access to zeolite reserves. They will open the current stockpile of crushed zeolite, estimated at nearly 9000 tons, to check internal humidity and spread the pile as necessary for rapid dehydration. Crushing will then reduce the 3/4 Minus zeolite to a 1/4 Minus particle size. 1/4 Minus zeolite has a maximum diameter of 1/4 inch but contains a range of particle sizes down to microscopic levels that can be isolated as fractions by screen sifting.
Preliminary screening on-site will fractionate the zeolite for storage in bulk bags containing approximately one ton per bag. Bulk bags will be stacked in a location protected from the elements, ready to be trucked direct to customers, warehouses or further refining at an off-site location.
LuVerne Hogg, CEO of ZMM Minerals Canada Corp and Operations Manager of the Z1 Quarry, stated “the point of this work project is to get us to where we can sell and deliver products at as low a cost as possible. Operations will be twelve hours a day, six days a week until all eight thousand plus tons are processed.”
ZMM Canada Minerals Corp. and Ashburton Ventures Inc. wishes to extend a heartfelt concern for all the residents of the area including contractors and everyone affected by these events. We will continue to closely monitor conditions and provide support where possible.
Ashburton Ventures Inc. is a Canadian-based junior exploration company focused on Canadian mineral projects in Quebec and British Columbia, Canada. If you would like to be added to the news release distribution please get in touch with us at [email protected].
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Signed “Michael England”
Michael England, CEO
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