SOURCE: Benton Resources Corp.

June 12, 2007 09:00 ET

BENTON RESOURCES CORP. (BTC) Completes Airborne Survey on Goodchild Ni-Cu-PGE Project and Commences Drilling on Bermuda Cu-PGM Project

THUNDER BAY, ON--(Marketwire - June 12, 2007) - Benton Resources Corp. ("Benton" or "Company") (TSX-V: BTC) is pleased to announce that the Company and its partner Stillwater Mining Company ("SWC") have completed a 957 line-kilometer airborne magnetic and electromagnetic (VTEM) survey on the Goodchild and South Goodchild Ni-Cu-PGE projects (collectively the "Goodchild Project"). A full interpretation of the data is expected soon.

The Goodchild Project is located approximately 15 kilometres north of Marathon, Ontario and is host to several nickel showings with grab samples assaying up to 12.6% nickel (obtained by Falconbridge/Xstrata personnel during late 2006 field season). The large ultramafic intrusion measures approximately 5km by 8km and has numerous untested airborne electromagnetic anomalies detected from a survey completed almost 20 years ago.

In addition to completion of the Goodchild airborne survey, Benton would like to announce that the company has commenced drilling on its 100% owned Bermuda Cu-PGM project located 10km north of the town of Marathon, Ontario. The Bermuda property lies directly along strike of Marathon PGM Corp's deposit which has a resource of 2.9 million ounces TPM (Total Precious Metals= Platinum+Palladium+Gold) and 514 million pounds of copper (MAR PR Feb 17, 2007). Exploration at Bermuda has uncovered significant mineralization over a strike length of 17km and intercepts thus far have been very similar to those from the Marathon deposit. Drill results from the first phases of exploration include 1.74gpt TPM and 0.28 Cu over 29.3 metres (collared 50 metres north of the Marathon deposit), 1.16gpt TPM and 0.43 Cu over 41.5 metres and 3.11gpt TPM with 0.41% Cu over 11.6 metres (collared 450 metres north of the Marathon deposit) and 1.25gpt TPM and 0.58% Cu over 102m (collared 400m north on the Marathon deposit).

Benton's newest discovery at Bermuda sits approximately 14km west along strike of the Marathon deposit where trenching and drilling has recently identified a large copper and precious metal zone named Area 41. Drill intercepts from Area 41 have included up to 61.15 metres grading 1.23gpt TPM and 0.28% Cu. Benton will keep shareholders updated on developments on the Projects as exploration moves forward.

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
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Contact Information

  • For further information contact Stephen Stares @
    3290 Willard Ave
    Thunder Bay, Ont.
    P7E 6J7
    Phone (807)475-7474
    Fax (807)475-7200
    www.bentonresources.ca