SOURCE: Benton Resources Corp.

May 12, 2008 08:00 ET

Benton Intersects High Grade Nickel and Gold at Armit Lake

THUNDER BAY, ON--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - Benton Resources Corp. ("Benton" or the "Company") (TSX-V: BTC) is pleased to release partial assay results from the first phase of diamond drilling at the Company's 100% owned Armit Lake property. Results have been received for five (holes 1, 2, 7, 8, and9) of the total thirteen drill holes completed.

The most significant results include a mineralized zone in Hole 08 that assayed 1.57% nickel (Ni) and 0.08% cobalt (Co) over 7.8 metres (m) from 32.0m to 39.8m down hole in an altered ultramafic rock unit. Within this intersection was narrower but higher grading material of 3.7% Ni and 0.2% Co over 2.55m. Hole 08 was drilled under the DC Creek nickel showing where selected surface grab samples returned up to 4.17% Ni. Hole 09, designed to test the mineralization under Hole 08 intersected 0.60% Ni over 1.5m before entering an intensely altered fault zone. The nickel tenor is quite good considering the relatively low sulphide content of 10-15%.

The second significant intersection is a new gold (Au) discovery. Hole 07, drilled 800m to the east of Hole 08, intersected a new gold zone that graded 23.03grams per tonne (gpt) Au over 1.5m at 100m down hole. The gold intersection is surrounded by a low grade halo and is hosted by a mixed and altered mafic volcanic and metasediment package containing 2-3% sulphide. Follow up drilling is needed to determine the extent and true thickness of the nickel and gold mineralization.

Drill holes 01 and 02 tested a strike extensive coincident ground magnetic and induced polarization (IP) target in the west central portion of the property. The holes were 600m apart and intersected well banded oxide and silica (chert) facies iron formation. The most significant assay came from Hole 01 that included 0.36gpt Au over 1.5m at 180m down hole in an altered ultramafic. Hole 02 drilled through the iron formation but stopped short of the altered ultramafic.

The Armit Lake property has seen limited historical exploration efforts so the new gold and nickel discoveries in the first phase of drilling are extremely significant. The Company feels that given the large size of the property and the distance between the current drill holes the potential to discover additional mineralized zones of economic interest is high. Significant results from the remaining drill holes will be released when they are received and compiled. All samples were delivered too and assayed by Accurassay Laboratories in Thunder Bay Ontario.

About Benton Resources Corp:

Benton Resources Corp. (the "Company") is a mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol BTC. Benton's aggressive and experienced management team is focused on base and precious group metal exploration. The Company's diverse property portfolio includes Canadian projects which are highly prospective for gold, uranium, platinum, palladium, nickel and copper. Benton Management believes that the Company is extremely undervalued in the current market conditions. The Company currently has approximately $20 million in working capital and an extremely prospective property portfolio.

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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