Benchmark said it will continue to engage First Nations for employment and consultation. Near-term work at Lawyers includes the current drill program of up to 100,00 metres for expansion, definition and regional discovery.

Also planned is a bulk tonnage resources estimate this spring and a preliminary economic assessment this summer.

The former Lawyers mine was operated from 1989-92, during which time it produced 171,200 oz. of gold and 3.6 million oz. of silver.

Benchmark says an estimated C$50 million in infrastructure remains on the property, including year-round road access.

(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)

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