Benton Resources Corp.
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Benton Resources Corp.

April 01, 2010 10:37 ET

Benton & Royal Roads Commence Drilling Range Copper Discovery, Long Range Joint Venture, Newfoundland

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2010) - Benton Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:BTC) ("Benton") and Royal Roads Corp. (TSX VENTURE:RRO) ("Royal Roads") (the "Companies") are pleased to announce that diamond drilling has commenced at their Range Zone copper prospect within their Long Range Nickel joint venture property in central Newfoundland. The program is expected to consist of 1,150 metres of drilling in five holes designed to further test a strong conductive anomaly detected by Geotech VTEM airborne geophysical surveys in 2008. An initial test of the anomaly in October 2009 (press release dated November 3, 2009) returned a 37.80 metre intercept of banded, semi-massive and massive sulphides averaging 0.39% copper and 0.032% cobalt over an estimated true width of 29.11 metres. The program will test the conductor's dip extents and 400 metre strike. The Companies believe the Range Zone has potential to be a large sulphide accumulation that may host significant grades of copper and other base metals.

Background

The work is being undertaken as part of a $1.17 million 2010 program designed to explore for nickel and copper sulphide deposits within an area recently recognized to be prospective for magmatic sulphide deposits. The joint venture controls six properties covering 381,500 hectares (381.5 km2) held as a 50/50 joint venture between Royal Roads and Benton, with Royal Roads as the operator. The project is located close to infrastructure, including power lines and roads that provide ready access to port facilities 40 kilometres to the west. The area is considered receptive to mining, and is located 65 kilometres southwest of the former mining center of Buchans.

About Benton Resources

Benton is a Canadian based junior with multiple joint ventures and a diversified property portfolio in Gold, Nickel, Copper, and Platinum group elements. The company currently has approximately $13 million in cash, owns approximately 36.3% 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.

About Royal Roads

Royal Roads is a resource company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and is primarily focused on exploring and developing mineral properties in the famous historic Buchans mining camp in central Newfoundland & Labrador. Acadian Mining Corporation (ADA-TSX) owns 29.18% of Royal Roads.

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, 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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Contact Information

  • Benton Resources Corp.
    Stephen Stares
    (807)475-7474
    (807)475-7200 (FAX)
    www.bentonresources.ca
    or
    Investor Relations:
    Clair Calvert
    204-799-2086