THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 1, 2014) - Benton Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BEX) ("Benton" or "the Company") would like to update its shareholders on the current status of the Cape Ray Project. Due to severe weather conditions encountered in the Port aux Basques region this past winter the Company temporarily delayed its winter drill campaign until conditions improve. It is anticipated that the diamond drill program will now be initiated before the end of May. The drill program will consist of approximately 2000 metres of drilling designed to test not only the immediate western extension of the 51 Deposit but also the exploration potential of this mineralized horizon with coincident induced polarization geophysical and gold in geochemical (rock and soil) anomalies further to the west. The drilling will also test the east and west strike extent of the PW zone and a few holes within the 51 Deposit may be duplicated in the attempt to achieve better recoveries of the mineralized zone.
Furthermore the Company is continuing metallurgical test work from the 150 kilogram mini bulk sample collected from the 51 Deposit that will include floatation and leach tests on gravity tailings left over after concentration of metals by the falcon concentrator.
The Company also announces that it has terminated the option to acquire the Elizabeth Anne project located in California. Benton continues to believe in the potential of the Elizabeth Anne project to host economic mineralization and although the option agreement allowed for the Company to earn a 100% interest, there were still annual cash payments to the vendor and to the government as well as other holding costs that made moving forward with the project prohibitive given the current market conditions and the Company's objective to conserve capital. The Company believes that the best way to increase shareholder value in the current market is to focus its' efforts on the more advanced, 100%-owned Cape Ray property by moving the project towards possible production and cash flow.
About Benton Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BEX)
Benton Resources Inc is a Canadian-based junior with a diversified property portfolio in Gold-Silver, Nickel, Copper, and Platinum group elements. The Company is well funded with approximately $7.0 million in cash and $0.9 million in marketable securities.
Clinton Barr (P.Geo.), V.P. Exploration for Benton Resources Inc., is the qualified person responsible for this release.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benton Resources Inc.,
Stephen Stares, President
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