Commander Commences 4,000 m Follow-up Drill Program at its Burn Copper-Gold Discovery, British Columbia

July 26, 2023 Download PDF

VANCOUVER, BC - Commander is pleased to report the commencement of a 4,000 metre (“m”) follow-up drill program at the Burn Copper and Gold porphyry project (the “Burn Property” or “Burn”) located 100 km north of Smithers, British Columbia. Freeport-McMoRan Mineral Properties Canada Inc. (“Freeport”) is earning a 75% interest in the Burn Property and Commander is the operator. This program is a followup of the succesful inaugural drill test completd in October 2022.


  • Burn represents a new greenfields porphyry copper and gold discovery.
  • 4,000 metre fully funded drill program has commenced.
  • Driling will test a large 9 km2 partially exposed porphyry system that was drilled for the first time in 2022.
  • Successful drilling in 2022 discovered a central porphyry zone in Hole BU22-01 that returned 50 metres @ 0.24% CuEq and a separate gold-rich zone in hole BU22-02 that returned 83.5 metres grading 1.08 g/t Au. (see source reference above)
  • Targets to be tested in the current program include step outs from 2022 holes and drilling of widespread magnetic and soil geochemical targets.

The Burn Property, which covers 17,675 ha was acquired directly by Commander in 2018 to cover prominent gossans exposed along ridges and has seen limited historical exploration. The 2022 program was the first time the property has been drilled. The Burn Property is located within the Babine Porphyry belt 70 km north of two past producing mines at Bell and Granisle (Figure 1). It is underlain by numerous phases of feldspar-biotite-hornblende porphyry dykes and stocks exhibiting alteration from chlorite to chlorite-magnetite, and moderate quartz-sericite-pyrite (QSP) to intense QSP with local quartz veinlets and quartz magnetite stockworks.

Summary of Freeport Earn-In Agreement terms.

Freeport has been granted the right to earn up to a 75 % interest in the Burn Property through staged option payments and work expenditures totaling $2,500,000 in exploration expenditures and $560,000 in payments to Commander following which the companies would enter a 75% Freeport/25% Commander Joint Venture. On October 6, 2022, the Burn property was expanded by optioning a 100% interest in a seven mineral tenure cells (127 ha.) from private vendors for aggregate payments of $290,000. Freeport will be fully vested at the conclusion of this program.

2022 Drill Program QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control)

Commander’s 2022 exploration program was supervised by Stephen Wetherup P. Geo., Commander’s Vice President of Exploration. Details of the QA/QC prgram were provided in detail in a news release dated July 13th, 2023 and filed on the company’s website and on Sedar.

Qualified Person

Robert Cameron, P. Geo. is a qualified person within the context of National Instrument 43-101 and has read and takes responsibility for the technical aspects of this release. All fieldwork completed to date and on-site supervision of the drill program was by Stephen Wetherup.

About Commander Resources

Commander Resources is a Canadian focused exploration company that has leveraged its success in exploration through a combination of partnerships and sole funded exploration. Commander has a portfolio of base and precious metal projects across Canada. Commander also retains royalties from properties that have been partnered, optioned, or sold.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

Robert Cameron, P. Geo., President and CEO

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