Aston Bay Announces Exploration Agreement for Gold Exploration Property in Virginia, USA

March 4, 2019

Aston Bay Holdings Ltd. (TSX-V: BAY; OTCQB: ATBHF) (“Aston Bay” or the “Company”), through its wholly owned subsidiary Blue Ridge Mining Inc. (“Blue Ridge” or “BRM”),  is pleased to announce the signing of an Exploration and Option to Lease agreement with an independent land and timber company  in Buckingham County, Virginia, for a key parcel of land in the Company’s pursuit of precious metal deposits.

The parcel contains a recent gold discovery located adjacent to the past producing Gold – Pyrite Belt of Central Virginia. The focus of exploration will be an associated gold-in-soil anomaly that extends for a distance of over 900 metres (m) with values up to 0.4 grams/tonne (g/t) Au in soil. Select rock chip au grab sampling over a surface strike length of over 150 m yielded values of up to 701 g/t Au (20.4 ounces per short ton) in vein quartz. Drilling on the property in 2016 reported significant gold mineralization from quartz veined meta-volcanic rocks, including 15.57 g/t Au over 4.1 m. Historical drill intercepts from the program on the property are summarized below:

The three holes were completed over a strike distance of 80 meters along the vein outcrop area. The vein has been intercepted to a depth of 40 meters and vein mineralization is open along strike and to depth.

Key elements of the agreement for the 80-acre parcel include modest annual payments and a retained 3% NSR royalty in favour of the timber company for any mineral production from the property. 

These lands are located within the same region of Virginia as Aston Bay’s recently acquired Blue Ridge Project, which is located within a copper-lead-zinc-gold-silver mineralized belt, prospective for sedimentary exhalative (SEDEX) and Broken Hill (BHT) type base metal deposits, as well as Virginia pyrite belt and Carolina slate belt gold deposits.

“We are excited to add these highly prospective lands from an underexplored region to our company.” stated Thomas Ullrich, CEO of Aston Bay. “This reduces seasonality in our exploration activities, increases geographic diversity and adds gold to the metals mix in our growing exploration portfolio. Targeting has already begun for a proposed drill program anticipated to commence this month.”


As per National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, Michael Dufresne, M.Sc., P.Geol., P.Geo., a Director of and a consultant to Aston Bay, is the Qualified Person for the Company and has prepared, validated and approved the technical and scientific content of this news release. The Company strictly adheres to CIM Best Practices Guidelines in conducting, documenting, and reporting its exploration activities on the Company’s Aston Bay and Blue Ridge Mining Projects. 


Aston Bay is a publicly traded mineral exploration company exploring for large, high-grade, copper, zinc and precious metal deposits in Nunavut, Canada and Virginia, USA. The Company is led by CEO Thomas Ullrich with exploration directed by Chief Geologist Dr. David Broughton, the award-winning co-discoverer of Kamoa-Kakula and Flatreef, in conjunction with the Company’s advisor, Don Taylor, the 2018 Thayer Lindsley Award winner for his discovery of the Taylor Pb-Zn-Ag Deposit in Arizona.

The Company is 100% owner of the 1,024,345-acres (414,537-hectares) Aston Bay Property located on western Somerset Island, Nunavut, which neighbours Teck’s profitable, past-producing Polaris (Pb-Zn) Mine just 200km to the north. The Aston Bay Property hosts the Storm Copper Project and the Seal Zinc Deposit with drill-confirmed presence of sediment-hosted copper and zinc mineralization.

The Company has also acquired the exclusive rights to an integrated dataset over certain prospective private lands at the Blue Ridge Project, located in central Virginia. These lands are located within a copper-lead-zinc-gold-silver mineralized belt, prospective for sedimentary exhalative (SEDEX) and Broken Hill (BHT) type base metal deposits, as well as Carolina slate belt gold deposits. Don Taylor, who led the predecessor company to Blue Ridge and assembled the dataset, has joined the Company’s Advisory Board and will be directing the Company’s exploration activities for the Blue Ridge Project.

The Company’s public disclosure documents are available on


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Thomas Ullrich, Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (416) 456-3516

Sofia Harquail, IR and Corporate Development
Telephone: (647) 821-1337