Benton Resources Corp.
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Benton Resources Corp.

October 01, 2009 10:30 ET

Benton Discovers New Gold Zone on Block A Option

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2009) - Benton Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:BTC)("Benton" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that results from the summer prospecting program on the Copper Hill Block A option, located 100 Km south of Timmins, has identified a new gold zone (the Crocker Zone) with assay results of up to 9.65 grams per tonne (gpt) gold (Au) from surface grab samples. A total of 20 samples were collected over a strike length of 340 metres (m) with values ranging from 0.012 gpt to 9.65 gpt Au. Five of the samples returned gold values of greater than 2.0 gpt Au (9.65, 9.50, 6.07, 2.27 and 2.24 gpt Au) while 9 samples returned values ranging from 0.15 to 0.81 gpt Au. This new zone is located approximately 300m north of the MC zone where diamond drilling in 2008 by Golden Harp Resources Inc intersected 3.6 gpt Au over a core length of 9.0m (including 14.29 gpt Au over 2.0 metres) from hole GH-019. Like the MC zone, the Crocker Zone is hosted within pyrite-rich green carbonate altered ultramafic volcanic rocks.

All samples were sent to Activation Laboratories, an accredited laboratory in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The gold was analyzed utilizing a standard fire assay and an atomic absorption finish.

Benton would also like to report that the phase II drill program on the Block A property is in progress. To date, 15 holes (3,000m) of a 17 hole (3,300m) program have been completed. The drill program is designed to test the Cook and MC Zones as well as coincident IP chargeability and soil anomalies located west, east, and on strike to the MC Zone. The program will also test an IP target associated with the newly discovered gold-bearing Crocker Zone. Assay results will be released as they are received.

Benton is a Canadian based junior with multiple joint ventures and a diversified property portfolio in Gold, Nickel, Copper, and Platinum group elements which can be view on the company's web site post below. The company currently has approximately $15.0 million in cash, owns a 34.3% interest in Coro Mining Corp (TSX.COP), holds an approximate 5% interest in Marathon PGM Corp (TSX.MAR) and retains a 2% Net Smelter Royalty on the northern portion of the Marathon PGM deposit.

Clinton Barr (P.Geo.), V.P. Exploration for Benton Resources Corp., is the qualified person responsible for this release.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benton Resources Corp.,

"Stephen Stares"

Stephen Stares, President

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties.

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