SOURCE: Benton Resources Corp.

August 20, 2007 13:05 ET

Benton Options New High Grade Platinum-Palladium Discovery

THUNDER BAY, ON--(Marketwire - August 20, 2007) - Benton Resources Corporation (TSX-V: BTC) ("Benton" or the "Company") is pleased to report that it has entered into an option agreement with Joseph Hackl Sr. and Joseph Christopher Hackl Jr. (the "Vendors") whereby, subject to regulatory approval, the Company has the right to earn a 100% interest in the mineral claims referred to as the Bark Lake claims located in northern Ontario (the "Property").

Under the terms of the option agreement, the Company must make cash payments totaling $59,000 and issue 40,000 common shares over a three-year period. The Property is subject to a 2% NSR royalty, half of which (1%) may be purchased by the Company for $1,000,000.

The Bark Lake property is host to numerous newly discovered platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), gold (Au), copper (Cu) and nickel (Ni) showings consist of mineralized ultramafic rock either in outcrop or dozens of mineralized boulders. The mineralized occurrences are situated along the Quetico Fault, a major crustal-scale east west oriented structure.

Grab samples have returned grades up to 4.35gpt Pd, 2.64gpt Pt, 0.74gpt Au, 1.2% Cu, 0.5% Ni by the Vendors. Samples collected by Benton personnel have confirmed significant precious and base metals across the project area. Benton is currently scheduling prospecting, mapping, line-cutting and ground geophysics.

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

THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE HAS NOT REVIEWED AND DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities.

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:

    Stephen Stares
    611 Montreal Street
    Thunder Bay, Ontario
    P7E 3P2
    Phone: (807) 475-7474
    Fax: (807) 475-7200
    www.bentonresources.ca

    Investor relations:

    In Canada:

    First Canadian Capital
    Daniel Boase
    Phone: (416) 742-5600
    Fax: (416) 742-6410

    In U.S.A.:

    The Windward Agency
    Kelly Boatright
    Phone: (704) 588-8600