Blue Pearl Mining Ltd.
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Blue Pearl Mining Ltd.

December 05, 2006 12:32 ET

Blue Pearl Mining Appoints Kevin Loughrey as President and CEO

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 5, 2006) - Blue Pearl Mining Ltd. (TSX:BLE)(TSX:BLE.WT)(TSX:BLE.WT.A)(FRANKFURT:A6R) announces the appointment of Kevin Loughrey as President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Pearl. Mr. Loughrey replaces Ian McDonald, who retains the position Executive Chairman.

"As Blue Pearl continues to evolve, the appointment of Kevin as President and CEO offers the company proven leadership, continuity and invaluable experience," says Mr. McDonald.

Mr. Loughrey, who was recently appointed to Blue Pearl's Board of Directors, held senior positions, most recently President, at Thompson Creek Metals Company (TCMC) for almost a decade before it became a subsidiary of Blue Pearl on Oct. 26, 2006. As President and CEO of Blue Pearl, Mr. Loughrey will continue to oversee all of the company's assets.

Prior to Mr. Loughrey's role as President of TCMC, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Mr. Loughrey was instrumental in the successful negotiation of the sale of TCMC for US$575 million to Blue Pearl Mining.

About Blue Pearl Mining Ltd.

Blue Pearl is an integrated North American producer of primary molybdenum with operations in Challis, Idaho; Langeloth, Pennsylvania; and Fraser Lake, B.C. It is currently in the process of developing the Davidson Deposit in Smithers, B.C. Its sales and marketing office is located in Denver, Colorado and head office in Toronto, Ontario.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking information" which may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performance of Blue Pearl, its subsidiaries and its projects, the future price of molybdenum, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, the realization of mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of production, capital, operating and exploration expenditures, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, costs and timing of future exploration, requirements for additional capital, government regulation of mining operations, environmental risks, reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims and limitations of insurance coverage. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Blue Pearl and/or its subsidiaries to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

Such factors include, among others, general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; the anticipated benefits of the acquisition not occurring in the expected time frame or at all; the actual results of current exploration activities; actual results of reclamation activities; conclusions of economic evaluations; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; future prices of molybdenum; possible variations of ore grade or recovery rates; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; political instability, insurrection or war; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Blue Pearl's short form prospectus dated October 13, 2006 which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although Blue Pearl has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this news release and Blue Pearl disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Blue Pearl undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change. Accordingly, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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Contact Information

  • Blue Pearl Mining Ltd.
    Ian McDonald
    Executive Chairman
    (416) 860-1438
    Email: info@bluepearl.ca
    or
    Blue Pearl Mining Ltd.
    Olav Svela
    VP, Investor Relations
    (416) 860-1438 or Toll Free: 1-800-827-0992
    Email: osvela@bluepearl.ca
    or
    Renmark Financial Communications Inc.
    Christina Lalli
    (514) 939-3989
    Email: clalli@renmarkfinancial.com