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Toronto, Ontario, May 22, 2014 – Appia Energy Corp. (the “Company” or “Appia”) is pleased to report the results of the geological field work conducted in 2013 on its Alces Lake Property. 

The work identified a newly discovered area of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) mineralization containing in excess of 35% total rare earth elements (TREEs) by weight plus uranium and thorium. 

The Property, comprising 1,518 hectares (approximately 3,751 acres), is 34 km east-northeast of Uranium City, Northern Saskatchewan and is located along and to the south of Alces Lake.  Appia owns 90% of the Property.

The objective of the geological field work was to evaluate and map the extent of mineral occurrences that run up to 28.9% TREE in old trenches (as per sampling by the Saskatchewan Geological Survey (C. Normand, 2010, and other), together with anomalous thorium (Th) and uranium (U) values as a follow-up to earlier work by Appia, the Saskatchewan Geological Survey (SGS) and other companies beginning in the 1950s.

The September 2013 exploration project on the Property, centered near the known Alces Lake REE Showings, has expanded the interest in the region with the discovery of a new area of high radioactivity and REE mineralization, designated the “Ivan” showing which is located 125 metres northeast of the Alces Lake existing trenches. 

No previous work had identified the Ivan showing, a boulder strewn area of intermittent outcrop with associated radioactivity locally exceeding 56,000 counts per second (cps). The Ivan area is currently defined by two outcrop samples: #12 and #14, and an intervening sample #13 (from a boulder), along a 35 metres north-south trend.  Analyses conducted by SRC Geoanalytical Laboratory, Saskatoon (SRC Lab) on sample #14 from the Ivan showing contains in excess of 35 wt % TREE as shown in the table below.

Mineralization in the REE bearing trenches is confined to biotite-rich layers tentatively interpreted by SGS to represent zones of Potassium-REE metasomatism superimposed on residual material in migmatized garnetparagneisses. The biotite rich zones appear to occur along fault or shear zones and include high concentrations of REE bearing monazite, believed to be the primary mineral phase hosting the REEs. Biotitemonazite REE bearing mineralization has also been located on the Property within quartzite.

APPIA ENERGY CORP., ALCES LAKE PROPERTY, NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN

Analyses of 12 rock samples  by SRC Analytical Laboratory, Saskatoon (Values in ppm except where wt %  is noted)

SAMPLE805725 (#1)805727 (#3)805729 (#4)805731 (#5)805732 (#6)805736 (#7)805734 (#9)805735(# 10)805737 (#11)805733 (#12)806730 (#13)024077 (#14)
Ce28200512029300162004930302004780010300144002360021500170500
Dy19140.218210329.519629364.284.2248144735
Er86.431.583.552.221.888.413535.24410070.8850
Eu30.47.831.420.26.532.652.21317.828.123.9115
Gd84615682449012282913202903998196004690
Ho208191131928692717115
La1430025001500081502490154002480051207150129001080077700
Nd12000221012000697020101230019600427059909890885070250
Pr35005903470182054836205760117016002870261019800
Sm17403351710100027817602830616839149012809970
Tb94359452169414836569785515
Yb7.611.864.41.85.48.65.24.517.39.635
Sc13341416151314211071520
Y340131305179573404841291447542771930
Total61368112106303935068105296489710327322076307485284746282357225
Total (%)6.14%1.12%6.30%3.51%1.05%6.49%10.33%2.21%3.07%5.28%4.63%35.7%
Th (%)4.390.583.981.501.526.949.512.571.986.943.344.12

Notes: 

  1. Samples #12 and #14 (Outcrop), and #13 (Boulder) are from the area of the Ivan mineralization. 
  2. REE values for samples #2 and #8 are only slightly anomalous, and are not reported here.  3. For sample #14: values are an average of 2 analyses, and; the REs Tm, Lu and Sc are 50 ppm, <20 ppm and <20ppm, respectively. 

Material for analysis was obtained from 14 surface grab samples (excluding blank samples and quality standards) collected from the Property and analyzed by the laboratory. The analytical results were received in December 2013 and were then compiled in the report on the exploration program: “Appia Energy and NRG Exploration Corp., Alces Lake Report, September – 2013, Mineral Disposition #S-112033, Lake Athabasca Area, Saskatchewan”.

SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, prepared and analyzed the samples. The laboratory management system operates in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (CAN-P-4E), General Requirements for the Competence of Mineral Testing and Calibration Laboratories.  Atomic-emission analysis (ICP) was used to determine the concentration of 15 rare earth elements, as well as Th, U, Sc and several whole rock forming elements. 

Tom Drivas, CEO and President of Appia Energy Corp., reports, “These favorable exploration results indicate the presence of very high concentrations of REEs on Appia’s Alces Lake Property. Appia plans to conduct an airborne survey to evaluate and explore the Alces Lake property further.”

Dr. Douglas Underhill, QP is the qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for this news release.  

For further information, please contact:

Tom Drivas, President, CEO and Director: (tel) 416-546-2707, (fax) 416-218-9772 or (email) appia@appiaenergy.ca

Frank van de Water, COO and Director, (tel) 416-546-2707, (fax) 416-218-9772 or (email) fvandewater@on.aibn.com 

This News Release contains forward-looking statements which are typically preceded by, followed by or includes the words “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “intends”, “plans” or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance as they involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. We do not intend and do not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements and shareholders are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such statements. 

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