Neil Pettigrew, M.Sc., P.Geo., a registered professional geologist in Ontario and Vice President, Exploration for PC Gold, is the Company's Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Pettigrew is also the person responsible for developing and implementing the Company's Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) protocols and procedures.
PC Gold has implemented the following QA/QC procedures for the Pickle Crow Gold Mine drill program. A more detailed description of the procedures employed may be viewed in section 14.2 PC Gold Data Verification of the NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate for the Property dated June 2, 2011 - click here to view a copy):
NQ diameter (47.6 mm) drill core is logged then sawn in half onsite, with one side bagged and labelled; the remaining half is placed in core boxes to serve as a permanent record and stored in a secure on-site facility. All samples are shipped from the site in a locked wooden crate with security tags via Manitoulin transport to the Accurassay Laboratories facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario, for crushing, pulverization and pulp preparation.
All samples sent for analyses are prepared using a jaw crusher, which is cleaned with compressed air between samples, resulting in 70% of the sample passing through a 10 mesh screen. A 1000-gram split of the crushed sample is then pulverized with 85% passing through a 200 mesh screen. Fire assays are performed using 50 grams of sample with assays equal to or greater than 5 g/t calculated gravimetrically, and lower grade samples measured by atomic absorption (AA). All samples greater than 10 g/t are additionally sent for screen metallics analysis using the remainder of the pulp (~950 grams of sample).
Blanks, standards (one high-grade, one mid-grade, and one low-grade), field duplicates (1/4 split cores), and crush duplicates are inserted sequentially at least every 8th sample into the drill core samples before shipment. Standards consist of a high-grade (13.66 g/t Au), a mid-grade (5.57 g/t Au), and a low-grade (0.99 g/t Au) gold standard from Geostats Pty. Ltd. of Fremantle, Western Australia, as well as blanks from Nelson Granite of Kenora, Ontario.