Nunatsiavut Assembly Lifts Uranium Moratorium in Labrador
Toronto, Ontario – March 12, 2012 – Mega Uranium Ltd. (TSX:MGA) (“Mega”) is pleased to announce that the Nunatsiavut Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has enacted the Environmental Protection Act as well as an amendment to the Labrador Inuit Lands Act which lifts the moratorium on the working, production, mining and development of uranium on Labrador Inuit Lands. The Nunatsiavut Government is a regional Inuit government within the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador and the announcement follows on from a unanimous decision, made by the Nunatsiavut Assembly in December 2011, to lift the moratorium.The lifting of the ban, which had been in place since early 2008, removes the uncertainty which had impeded exploration and development of uranium projects in the area.
Mega is now planning to complete follow up drilling at the Aillik East and Bruce River Properties in 2012. Mega and its JV partners, hold title to 29,475 ha of prospective uranium mineral licences in the Central Mineral Belt of Labrador, of which 17,562 ha (60%) are within Labrador Inuit Lands, previously affected by the moratorium.
On the Aillik East property, Mega discovered a new mineralized zone through drilling in 2011. The most encouraging results were on the NB target where drilling intersected 10 m of 0.048% U3O8, (from 8 m to 18 m with a hole dip of -45°) in hole AE-11-10. This mineralized zone is situated within a larger alteration zone of elevated sodium and iron (as hematite and magnetite) and will be the focus of drilling in 2012. Alteration occurs both in the matrix of hydrothermal breccia zones and as pervasive replacement. This type of hydrothermal alteration is characteristic of other uranium mineralized zones in the Central Mineral Belt of Labrador, in particular Paladin Energy Ltd.’s Michelin deposit (43-101 Technical Report for Aurora Energy Resources Inc., Aug 28th, 2008). The presence of uranium mineralization at the NB showing and associated favourable sodium and iron alteration demonstrates the potential of the Aillik East property to host a deposit.
Michael Downes Ph.D., P.Geo., Vice President North America and Qualified Person for Mega, has reviewed the technical content of this news release.
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Mega Uranium Ltd. is a Toronto-based mineral resources company with a focus on uranium properties in Australia, Canada and Cameroon. Further information on Mega can be found on the company’s website at www.megauranium.com. Mega Uranium’s Ben Lomond and Maureen properties in Queensland, Australia are subject to a state policy which presently prohibits the mining of uranium.
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