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News Release today, wow there's gold in them there hills!!


Pretium Resources Inc. has discovered the Cleopatra vein within the Valley of the Kings and additional underground drill results from the Valley of the Kings bulk sample program currently under way.

Selected drill highlights include:

Hole VU-009 intersected 2,567 grams of gold per tonne uncut over 5.8 metres, including 9,200 grams of gold per tonne uncut over 0.5 metre, 7,180 grams of gold per tonne uncut over 0.5 metre, 10,500 grams of gold per tonne uncut over 0.5 metre and 1,765 grams of gold per tonne uncut over 0.5 metre;
Hole VU-013 intersected 2,560 grams of gold per tonne uncut over 0.54 metre;
Hole VU-023 intersected 1,405 grams of gold per tonne uncut over 0.5 metre;
Hole VU-025 intersected 2,600 grams of gold per tonne uncut over 0.5 metre;
Hole VU-032 intersected 4,030 grams of gold per tonne uncut over 0.5 metre;
Hole VU-053 intersected 27,000 grams of gold per tonne uncut over 0.5 metre.
 

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Those samples are incredible! Sadly this company has a market cap of almost $1B and zero revenue


Yes zero revenue at the moment, I am not recommending buying it but the grades are amazing!
If i were to speculate I would say its a buy out target for Barrick Gold, its not far from the Eskay Creek mine that Barrick owned and shut down.
 

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Bloomberg

Canada Stocks Rally a Sixth Day as Gold Jumps on U.S. Jobs Data

By Eric Lam - Oct 22, 2013 10:14 AM ET

Canadian stocks rose for a sixth day, the longest streak since April, as gold and silver prices surged after U.S. payrolls climbed less than projected.

Detour Gold Corp. (DGC) and B2Gold Corp. rallied at least 5.6 percent as the price of gold rallied to a three-week high. Endeavour Silver Corp. surged 7.8 percent to pace gains among raw-materials producers. Pretium Resources Inc. plunged 29 percent after an independent consultant that withdrew from the company’s Valley of the Kings project said there are “no valid gold mineral resources” at the site.
 

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http://www.stockwatch.com/News/Item.aspx?bid=Z-C:PVG-2114185&symbol=PVG&region=C

Strathcona's withdrawal from the program

As stated above, consultants from Strathcona were engaged in late 2012 as independent qualified persons to oversee the 10,000-tonne bulk sample and produce a report at the conclusion of the program once all data, including the assay results from sample tower and the 16,789 metres of completed underground drilling, had been compiled. The report was expected to reconcile the assay results from the sample tower against a local resource estimate prepared by Snowden based on the program drilling, which would provide an empirical grade prediction variance for a stope-sized tonnage that could be related to and used for resource classification. Strathcona's report on the program was expected in early 2014.

Strathcona withdrew from the program on Oct. 8, 2013, before any results from the processing of the bulk sample were available. In withdrawing from the program, Strathcona advised Pretium that "there are no valid gold mineral resources for the VOK zone, and without mineral resources there can be no mineral reserves, and without mineral reserves there can be no basis for a feasibility study." It also advised that "statements included in all recent press releases (by Pretium) about probable mineral reserves and future gold production (from the Valley of the Kings zone) over a 22-year mine life are erroneous and misleading." Snowden maintains its stance that the November, 2012, mineral resource estimate remains valid, and has taken steps to involve a third party peer review in its upcoming mineral resource update.

In addition, Strathcona advised that, "The infrequent high-grade intercepts reported in the press releases have been shown in the underground exposures of the bulk sample program to usually be of very narrow width (0.5 metre) and associated with narrow geological structures that occasionally have minable continuity as in the case of the Cleopatra vein." The results from Valley of the Kings program drilling have been, from the outset, consistent with results from prior exploration drilling in the Valley of the Kings. Drilling has frequently intersected extreme-grade mineralization over narrow widths, with 47 intersections grading greater than 1,000 grams of gold per tonne from underground drilling (on average there is one in every 550 metres of 2013 drilling) and 125 intersections in total to date grading greater than 1,000 grams of gold per tonne for the Valley of the Kings. The program was initiated, among other reasons, to determine the bulk minability of the Valley of the Kings mineralization. These reasons and the form of mineralization were discussed with Strathcona prior to its engagement.

When it withdrew, Strathcona advised Pretium that it had previously asserted similar views critiquing the Snowden resource model for the Valley of the Kings, accompanied with recommendations for public disclosure of the preliminary bulk sample data supporting its conclusions. At one point, these assertions, conclusions and recommendations were made on the basis of approximately 20 per cent of the underground drilling results, no assay results from the sample tower and no results from production.

Snowden has consistently and repeatedly advised in response to all comments from Strathcona that the true test of the resource estimate will only come from the reconciliation results between the ultimate grade of the bulk sample (as defined by produced metal and metal accounting) and the grade of the resource estimate for the same volume. Strathcona resigned before Snowden had an opportunity to formally respond to its assertions.

Both Pretium's management and Snowden share a number of significant concerns with respect to Strathcona's conclusions. They contend that the Strathcona conclusions are based on: the interpretation of preliminary data, the interpretation of too few data, and the incorrect interpretation and application of preliminary local data for comparison with the resource estimate model. Pretium management and Snowden also share significant concerns that the sampling tower approach for the Valley of the Kings deposit may be flawed.

Snowden's response

Given the heterogeneous nature of the Valley of the Kings mineralization, Snowden has consistently advised Pretium that the entire 10,000-tonne bulk sample needs to be processed prior to completing a reconciliation that can be considered robust. Dr. Simon Dominy of Snowden is reviewing the sample theory underlying Strathcona's sampling protocols for the sample tower and will be providing a formal expert opinion to Pretium. Dr. Dominy has noted that he concurs with the current approach of submitting the entire bulk sample (as batches) for full processing through the Montana plant, and has advised that such an approach is always the best route to fully evaluate bulk samples and/or trial mining parcels.

Dr. Dominy has provided a preliminary report to Pretium that covers several areas of consideration for the evaluation of the design of the sampling program. This includes the appropriate application of mineralization characterization study, and the difficulties in achieving representative samples in a high-nugget coarse gold environment.

Dr. Dominy is a dual qualified mining geologist engineer with 25 years of experience, across mine operations, academic research and consulting. He has an extensive global record of auditing, designing and managing gold sampling and assaying programs. He is a leader in the sampling of coarse gold deposits, and consulted, lectured and published widely on the topic. Recent sampling assignments have included: audits and reviews; integrated studies of ore characterization, gold deportment and metallurgical testing; sample size determination; sample protocol design and optimization; the application of the theory of sampling; metallurgical plant sampling; metallurgical sampling; and grade control systems. He also has extensive practical experience in surface and underground bulk sampling/trial mining program design, planning, management and interpretation.

Pretium's position

Pretium maintains that it conceived of the Valley of the Kings bulk sample excavation and associated work as an opportunity to compile and analyze all the possible data which could be generated by a multitiered exploration program constrained by the proscribed legislated limit of a 10,000-tonne excavation. Integral to the program design is the element of corroboration and assimilation for all input data to ensure that any analysis of the deposit will result in robust conclusions about the nature and the extent of the gold mineralization in the Valley of the Kings. It was on this basis that it engaged Strathcona and Snowden, two well-regarded firms, to fulfill their roles as independent experts and act in collaboration on the program.

"We are disappointed by Strathcona's decision to withdraw prematurely from the bulk sample program," said Robert Quartermain, Pretium's chief executive officer. "We are satisfied with the results of the initial bulk sample processing, and are confident that the results from the mill will provide the conclusive outcome that our investors expect. The underground drilling and associated development to date has demonstrated that the Valley of the Kings deposit contains significant high-grade gold mineralization."

Independent qualified persons from Snowden are responsible for the review and sign-off of the milling and processing component of the program, and will issue a final report on its completion.

As previously disclosed, the total amount of gold and silver produced by the mill will be reported on the completion of processing. An updated mineral resource estimate for the Valley of the Kings incorporating all 2013 underground and surface drilling and milling results will be prepared following the receipt of all assay data. The updated resource estimate will incorporate learnings from the bulk sample evaluation as well as from additional drilling completed during the underground program so that the confidence and the robustness of the mineral resource estimate can be maximized.

Ivor Jones (FAusIMM(CP)) of Snowden is an independent qualified person, as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for the resource evaluation at the project. Ian I. Chang, MASc, PEng, vice-president, project development, Pretium Resources, is the qualified person responsible for the bulk sample program processing and feasibility study. Kenneth C. McNaughton, MASc, PEng, chief exploration officer, Pretium Resources, is the qualified person responsible for the Brucejack project exploration program. The information in this release which relates to the Brucejack project has been reviewed and approved for release by Mr. Chang, Mr. McNaughton and Mr. Jones, and they have consented to the inclusion of the information in this press release in the form and context in which it appears.

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several class action suits have already been filed against Pretium. Share price has plummeted. Investors are fleeing.

strathcona mineral services - arguably canada's leading firm of consulting geologists - has resigned from its mandate to oversee Pretium's bulk sampling project in the valley of the kings, saying the mine site has no resources or reserves & the company's news releases have been erroneous & misleading.

this is not just another shady vancouver penny mining stock pumping scandal. This is a breX story. What on earth is it doing in cmf forum.
 

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This is not Bre-X like.
This is a disagreement between two consulting companies on how to measure the resource.
One consultant wants to run the entire 10,000 tonne bulk sample the other wanted to just run a small sample of that 10,000 tonnes.
Strathcona should have stuck with it until the entire 10,000 tonne sample was completed - then compared the results of both sampling methods.
The fact that Strathcona did not complete what they were hired to do sends up a red flag to me.

Its appears to be a pissing match between consultants and the investor is the one being hurt.

It will be interesting to see the result.
 

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Interesting, i wonder how today's stock action affects the class action suits, its up 2.50 with news that the bulk sample exceeded targets.
 
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