July 10, 2012
Crosshair Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: CXZ) (TSX: CXX) ("Crosshair" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the mobilization of its field crews to its newly consolidated CMB uranium/vanadium project in central Labrador. The start of the program had been delayed due to forest fire conditions resulting from an unseasonably warm, dry spring. The $2.2 million program will focus on the Two Time, Firestone, Blue Star and C zones, with up to 3,500 metres (11,480 feet) of drilling. The goal of this year's program is to expand the existing uranium and vanadium resources, as well as test new uranium targets within the main property.
"We are pleased that our 2012 CMB program is underway," stated Mark Ludwig, Crosshair's President & CEO. "This is our first opportunity to continue exploration of these key deposits following the lifting of the uranium mining moratorium in March. Management maintained these properties in good standing throughout the three and half year moratorium and is now determined to see that the full potential of its Labrador properties is realized."
The CMB project consists of a total of 2,383 claims in 25 licences as Crosshair now has a 100% interest in the Two Time Property, subject to a 2% Net Smelter Return Royalty payable to Silver Spruce Resources Inc. on their original 800 claim area. The Two Time mineralized zone currently contains an Indicated mineral resource estimate of 2.33 M pounds of uranium (1.82 M tonnes grading 0.058% U3O8) and an Inferred mineral resource estimate of 3.73 M pounds of uranium (3.16 M tonnes grading 0.053% U3O8) and is open for expansion.
In addition to the Two Time mineral resource estimates noted above, the C Zone corridor, which encompasses the C Zone, Area 1 and Armstrong prospects, has a current Indicated mineral resource estimate of 5.19 million pounds of uranium (6.92 million tonnes at 0.034% U3O8) and an additional Inferred mineral resource estimate of 5.82 million pounds of uranium (8.17 million tonnes at 0.032% U3O8). It also contains an Indicated mineral resource estimate of 42.8 million pounds of vanadium (14.7 million tonnes at 0.15% V2O5) and an additional Inferred resource estimate of 93.6 million pounds of vanadium (28.3 million tonnes at 0.16% V2O5). All the resources remain open both along strike and at depth.
Stewart Wallis, P.Geo., a Director of Crosshair and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
Crosshair is a prominent player in the exploration and development of uranium and vanadium projects in the US and Canada. Its flagship properties, Bootheel and Juniper Ridge, have established resources and are located in uranium mining friendly Wyoming. Bootheel has the potential to be mined using in-situ recovery methods while Juniper Ridge appears to be suitable for an open-pit heap leach operation. The CMB Uranium/Vanadium Project is located in Labrador, Canada and has four currently defined resources - C Zone, Area 1, Armstrong and Two Time Zone. The Crosshair team is composed of knowledgeable and experienced professionals with global experience in exploration, mining and corporate finance that are committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner.
Additional information about the CMB Uranium-Vanadium Project can be found in the technical reports filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com entitled: "Technical Report on the Central Mineral Belt (CMB) Uranium-Vanadium Project, Labrador, Canada" prepared for Crosshair dated January 20, 2011 (Rev March 10, 2011) and "Technical Report on the CMBNW Property, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada" prepared for Crosshair and Silver Spruce Resources dated June 22, 2009.
For more information on Crosshair and its properties, please visit the website at www.crosshairenergy.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE CROSSHAIR BOARD
"Mark J. Morabito"
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