SOURCE: Benton Resources Corp.

September 10, 2007 12:24 ET

Benton Intercepts Wide Zones of PGMs and Copper on Bermuda Property North of Marathon Deposit

THUNDER BAY, ON--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - Benton Resources Corp. (the "Company") (TSX-V: BTC) is pleased to announce that it has received assay results from the first 11 diamond drill holes on the Bamoos area and 3 holes from the Wullie Lake area at the Company's 100% owned Bermuda Property. The results continue to show that the large system of PGM (Platinum Group Metals) and copper mineralization situated on Benton's property has potential to host a significant resource.

The latest results are very encouraging and primarily come from a 3-hole fence drilled 100 meters north of the Marathon PGM Corp's main deposit. Diamond drill hole BO-07-48 intercepted 1.91gpt (grams per tonne) TPM (Total Precious Metals = platinum + palladium + gold) and 0.31% Cu (Copper) over a 33-metre core length, which included 6.0 metres grading 3.7gpt TPM and 0.21% Cu. Hole BO-07-49, collared 100 metres behind (to the west) of BO-07-48, returned 0.918 gpt TPM and 0.19% Cu over a 53.6-metre core length, including 13.5 meters grading 1.49 gpt TPM and 0.34%Cu. In addition, hole BO-07-54 was collared 250 metres behind (to the west) of hole BO-07-48 and intersected 2.19gpt TPM and 0.31% Cu over 23.45 metres, including 4.27gpt TPM with 0.38% % Cu over 4.50 metres. All three holes were drilled at an azimuth of 090 degrees with dips at -50 degrees.

Hole BO-07-30, drilled 500 metres to the north of the Marathon Deposit, cut 13.5 metres grading 1.26gpt TPM and 0.10% Cu.

Benton has now completed approximately 6,000 metres out of the scheduled 10,000-metre diamond drilling program for the Bamoos area. Drilling has been temporarily halted and the Company is compiling all received and incoming data before planning the next series of holes. More results from the current drill program are expected to be announced shortly.

Recently Marathon PGM Corp (MAR) has undertaken a full feasibility study on the Marathon deposit, which now has a measured and indicated resource of 2.6 million ounces TPM and 462 million pounds of copper (MAR P.R Feb 19, 2007), with a production decision expected soon. That deposit has been drill tested up to Benton's south boundary and Benton management believes that the northern extension of MAR's deposit has been outlined on the Bermuda property.

At the Bermuda property's Wullie Lake area, located approximately 10km to the west of the Bamoos drilling, the company drilled 3 holes from 2 widely spaced set ups. All thee holes intercepted thick zones of copper mineralization grading up to 0.26% over 33 metres, including 14.5 metres grading 0.44% copper. The Company is currently assessing the data to determine the next phase of drilling around Wullie Lake.

The Company is also currently in negotiations for a 10,000-metre diamond drill contract for the Sally Lake and Area 41 targets located approximately 13km west of the Bamoos area. Drilling by Benton at Area 41 in December 2006 intersected 68 metres grading 1.25gpt TPM and 0.28% copper. Following is a table of new drill results from the Bamoos and Wullie Lake areas. All Samples were submitted to Accurassay Laboratories in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

For a list of drill holes, click on the link below or paste the link into your browser:

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.

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