Riverside Signs an Option Agreement with BCY Resources for 3 Mexico Projects
February 11, 2011 – Vancouver, BC: Riverside Resources Inc. ("Riverside" or the "Company") (TSX-V: RRI) is pleased to announce that BCY Resources Inc. (TSX-V: BCY) and Riversides Resources Inc. have entered into an option agreement whereby BCY can acquire a seventy-five percent (75%) interest in Riverside’s 100% ownedCatrina, Escondida, and Pedernal projects, located in Durango and Zacatecas, Mexico (collectively the “Durango Properties”). In order to exercise the option BCY must issue Riverside an aggregate 2,600,000 BCY shares, make total cash payments of $500,000 to Riverside, and incur an aggregate $4,000,000 in exploration expenditures on the Durango Properties within 36 months of the agreement.
The three properties were generated through the Riverside-Kinross Exploration Alliance during 2009 and 2010. Drill target areas were previously developed and now BCY has made a firm commitment to conduct drill testing on each property in the coming 12 months.
“The Durango Properties option agreement is another positive development for Riverside, as the Company continues to take steps towards unlocking value for its shareholders. Riverside previously stated that it would consider bundling Durango projects into a major asset deal, and with today’s announcement the Company has accomplished this goal by delivering a multi-project drilling and exploration deal through its joint venture business model.” stated John-Mark Staude, President and CEO of Riverside Resources Inc.
All three of the Durango Properties are located along the prolific and mineral rich Mesa Central Silver-Gold Belt. Extensive groundwork has been completed by Riverside geologists identifying multiple drill ready target areas. The highlights for each property are summarized as follows:
Catrina Gold Project
The geophysical IP response at Catrina is comparable in scale to the Camino Rojo and Penaquito projects with similar trace element geochemistry (gold-silver-zinc-lead). Geochemistry of the alteration zone shows a strong gold anomaly with values extending over an area of more than 3 km2. Surface values from the largely thin pediment covered target area range from <5 ppb up to 0.95 g/t gold.
Escondida Gold Project
Two east-west striking mineralized trends were identified at Escondida within a 2.1 km by 1.3 km zone defined as the primary drill target area. These mineralized structures were identified through a geophysical IP survey with the target area remaining wide open in multiple directions.
Pedernal Gold-Silver Project
Extensive network of silica veining associated with breccia zones indicates potential for epithermal/porphyry style mineralization. Four principle north-west trending structural zones have been mapped to date. The zones with the highest anomalous geochemistry values range from < 5 ppb to 265 ppb Au with supporting trace element silver, arsenic, antimony and mercury.
For more information on the Durango Properties please visit Riverside’s updated property profile pages.
Additional Agreement Terms:
The payment of 600,000 shares, $100,000 (6 & 12 month payments), and $1,200,000 in exploration expenditures required by the first anniversary of the Definitive Agreement are firm commitments on the part of BCY. The agreement includes a firm 3,000 metre drilling commitment in year one, and a commitment to drill a minimum of 6,000 total metres within the first 24 months. After the first 12 months, during which Riverside will act as the Operator, BCY shall have the right to act as the Operator or to appoint a third party consultant to act as operator for all exploration programs until the option has been exercised. Upon exercising the option, BCY and Riverside shall be deemed to have formed a joint venture and interests in the Durango Properties will be 75% and 25% respectively. Further details on the agreement can be obtained by viewing the SEDAR filing.
About Riverside Resources:
Riverside is a well funded prospect generation team of focused, proactive gold discoverers with the breadth of knowledge to dig much deeper. The Company currently has approximately $3,000,000 in the treasury and fewer than 25,000,000 shares issued. Riverside is currently working towards finalizing several important events that fit within the Company’s model of growth through partnerships and exploration. Additional property information on the Company’s projects can be found on the Riverside Resources Inc. website at www.rivres.com
The scientific and technical data contained in this news release were prepared under the supervision of Mark J Pryor, Pr.Sci.Nat., an independent qualified person to Riverside Resources, who is responsible for ensuring that the geologic information provided in this news release is accurate and acts as a "qualified person" under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
ON BEHALF OF RIVERSIDE RESOURCES INC.
Dr. John-Mark Staude, President & CEO
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Manager, Corporate Development
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