Sunstone Metals Ltd. said March 14 that it expects to start drilling at the Bramaderos gold-copper project in southern Ecuador within the next two to three weeks, after the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment approved the project's environmental impact assessment.
The assessment is required for an environmental license for exploratory diamond drilling at Bramaderos. The company said the license will be issued when it pays an environmental bond.
Sunstone and joint venture partner Cornerstone Capital Resources Inc. will mobilize a drill rig to Bramaderos. First assay results from drilling are expected in late May or early June.
The initial program will be for about 5,000 meters over 12 holes. Drilling will start at the Limon target, where surface trenching delivered 97.6 meters at 0.71 g/t gold and 0.23% copper over a poorly outcropping porphyry system.