Astur Gold Corporation

Astur Gold Corporation

March 19, 2013 10:17 ET

Astur Gold Welcomes Greenpeace Co-Founder Dr. Patrick Moore to Board of Directors

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2013) - Astur Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AST)(FRANKFURT:CDC) ("Astur Gold" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Dr. Patrick Moore has joined the Company's Board as an independent Director.

Dr. Moore is one of the most distinguished leaders in the field of environmental sustainability, with a career spanning over 40 years. He co-founded Greenpeace, serving for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns, he was a driving force shaping Greenpeace as it grew into one of the world's largest environmental organizations. His creation of the term "Sensible Environmentalist" is representative of his call for a science-based, rather than ideological approach to environmentalism, which is consistent with Astur Gold's strategy of promoting environmentally sustainable mine development to generate economic and social benefits for communities.

"Patrick is one of the creators of the modern environmentalist movement, and is recognized as one of its foremost thought leaders. His presence will be a unique asset to Astur Gold as we continue the development of Salave and on additional projects we are currently evaluating," stated Cary Pinkowski, CEO and President of Astur Gold.

Dr. Moore commented, "I am excited to join the Board of Astur Gold, and contribute to the Company's mission of building a contemporary mining company that champions a balance between environmental sustainability and economic development as the basic tenets of the organization. I am looking forward to contributing my experience building consensus among governments and non-governmental organizations in the development of Astur Gold's projects."

In 2011, Dr. Moore published Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout - The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist, which documents his 15 years with Greenpeace and outlines his vision for a sustainable future advocating that regulations and policies be based on sound science and logic. From 2000 until 2012 he served as Chairman and Chief Scientist of Greenspirit Strategies, a consultancy focused on environmental policy in forestry, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, mining, biodiversity, energy and climate change. Dr. Moore is now an independent scientist and consultant, advising governments and industry on a wide range of sustainability issues.

Astur Gold has granted Dr. Moore 200,000 options with an exercise price of $0.80 for a term of 5 years.

The appointment of Dr. Patrick Moore to the Board of Directors follows the resignation of Mr. Doug Turnbull, who has resigned as a Director effective immediately. Mr. Turnbull will continue serving the Company on the Advisory Board. Astur Gold's Board of Directors and Management would like to thank Doug for his time and dedication to Company.


Astur Gold is developing its 100% owned Salave Gold Project in Asturias, northern Spain, which is one of the largest undeveloped gold deposits in Western Europe. The Company recently received approval for an underground mine from the Commission for Environmental Affairs of the Principality of Asturias in November 2012 and is completing additional requirements for the processing plant and tailings licenses with expected completion in H1 2013. The Company is working to build a partnership with the people of Asturias to generate sustainable economic benefits for the region while balancing the needs of environmental protection and social community development.


Cary Pinkowski, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. This document contains certain forward looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, delays and uncertainties not under the Company's control which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from the results, performance or expectation implied by these forward looking statements.

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