Americas Petrogas Inc.
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Americas Petrogas Inc.

April 13, 2010 09:20 ET

GrowMax Holds 1st Environmental Forum on Bayovar Project Located in the Sechura Desert

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 13, 2010) - GrowMax Agri Corp. ("GrowMax"), a subsidiary of Americas Petrogas Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BOE), announces that it has completed the 1st of three public forums at which environmental matters on its Bayovar Project are/will be discussed and addressed. During these environmental forums, local authorities, government officials and community people attend to learn about GrowMax's plans to address expected environmental issues on its Bayovar Project and review any environmental data collected. Attendees are invited to ask questions and give comments. Such public environmental forums are an important and necessary part of the whole environmental impact assessment process and GrowMax values the participation of all stakeholders towards addressing any anticipated issues.

Speaking after the completion of the 1st forum, Mr. Barclay Hambrook stated, "We are pleased to have entered this next step in the critically important environmental assessment process and we look forward to additional and valued input from the community and the government towards addressing any perceived issues."

About GrowMax

GrowMax is a subsidiary of Americas Petrogas Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BOE) (www.americaspetrogas.com). Americas Petrogas' partner shareholder is Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative (www.iffco.nic.in).

Environmental highlights of GrowMax's Bayovar potash brine project are as follows:

  • Solar Evaporation Processing -- GrowMax's Bayovar potash brine project will utilize solar evaporation processing of mineral rich brines, given its unique location 6 degrees south of the equator in the Sechura Desert on the Pacific Ocean. This location provides the ideal amount of sun and wind for solar evaporation processing.
  • Low Carbon Footprint -- The solar evaporation process involves a low carbon footprint.

Operational highlights of GrowMax's Bayovar potash brine project:

  • Historical Data -- Historical work on the concession included substantial drilling and coring of wells, sampling, geological mapping and construction of a pilot plant utilizing solar evaporation processing which resulted in the production of high quality potassium chloride (i.e. potash fertilizer).
  • Low Risk and Low Cost -- Relative to other potash projects, Americas believes that its surface brine potash project will involve low operating costs and low capital investment, given that it will apply solar evaporation processing and its proximity to infrastructure including paved roads, fresh water, power, gas and port facilities.
  • Experienced Team -- GrowMax has assembled a seasoned team of professionals with experience in environmental impact assessment, reserves evaluation, mineral recovery including recovery of potash applying solar evaporation processing of brines, chemical analysis of brines, and engineering and construction of solar processing facilities.
  • Research Lab -- GrowMax has established an office and research lab in Piura, Peru, which is 20 km from its potash concession.
  • Accessible Markets -- GrowMax's proposed potash plant will serve fertilizer market demand within Peru and in surrounding countries such as Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil and has 2 nearby ports for export to Pacific Rim markets such as India and China.
  • Secure Surface Rights -- The mineral and surface rights within the 202,000 acre (82,000 hectare or 820 sq. km.) concession have already been secured.
  • Engaged to prepare 43-101 report -- Ercosplan, a German-based consultant, has been engaged to complete a reserve report that is compliant with National Instrument 43-101.
  • Additional Potential -- Additional mineral potential such as Phosphate, Calcium Sulphate, Bromine, Lithium, Magnesium Chloride and other potential minerals.

About Americas Petrogas Inc.

Americas Petrogas Inc. is a Canadian company whose shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "BOE". In addition to its holdings in GrowMax, Americas Petrogas has oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in Argentina.

Certain statements in this Press Release constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities legislation. These statements include references to the environmental process and timeline, methods of processing, anticipated levels of risk and cost associated with the Bayovar Project, accessibility of markets, security of surface rights, expectations regarding completion of a report compliant with National Instrument 43-101 and potential for additional minerals. Such forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Corporation to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In particular, there is no assurance that environmental forums will be completed, that solar evaporation processing will be used exclusively or at all, that risks and costs will not increase substantially, that demand for potash will not decline, that a National Instrument 43-101 report can be completed and that additional economically viable minerals will be found. This forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results, levels and timing of activity and achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such information.

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