Empire Mining Corporation
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Empire Mining Corporation

June 20, 2011 09:01 ET

Empire Mining Receives Additional Assays Confirming Continuity of Significant Copper-Gold Skarn Mineralization at Bursa-Demirtepe and Intersects Significant Molybdenum Grades

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 20, 2011) - Empire Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EPC) ("Empire") is pleased to announce additional assay results for drill holes DTH-009, DTH-010, and DTH-018 at the Demirtepe target area of the Bursa copper-gold-silver-molybdenum project located in Turkey.

All three holes intersected significant shallow copper-gold-silver skarn mineralization and holes DTH-9 and DTH-18 also intersected significant molybdenum grades. The drilling has extended the mineralization to the south and to the west, thereby confirming the continuity of the mineralization in the Main Zone along a corridor 270 meters long and up to 100 meters wide.

Significant intercepts for the three holes are as follows:

  • DTH-009: From 30.1 m to 46.8 m - 16.7 m @ 1.05% Copper, 0.31 g/t Gold and 10.6 g/t Silver also from 136.7 m to 152.2 m - 15.5 m @ 0.29% Molybdenum
  • DTH-010: From 97.5 m to 116.9 m - 19.4 m @ 2.46% Copper, 0.82 g/t Gold and 34.3 g/t Silver including from 98.7 m to 102.3 m - 3.6 m @ 10.8% Copper, 3.32 g/t Gold and 142.8 g/t Silver
  • DTH-018: From 81.4 m to 105.0 m - 23.6 m @ 1.37% Copper, 0.56 g/t Gold and 17.1 g/t Silver including from 97.7 m to 102.5 m - 4.8 m @ 1.15% Molybdenum

Approximately 30 core holes, for about 7,000 meters have been drilled at the Demirtepe target to date. Twenty-two have been drilled in the Main Zone, five in the North Zone and three in between the Main and the North zones. Assay results from holes DTH-11 to DTH-30 and parts of DTH-18 are pending.

A table with significant drilling results to date is available at the following link:

http://www.empireminingcorp.com/i/nr/2011-06-20-table.pdf

Three maps: drill holes plotted against geology, the surface projection of mineralization in the Main Zone, and a longitudinal section of the Main Zone, are available at the following link:

http://www.empireminingcorp.com/i/nr/2011-06-20-maps.pdf

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

All core was sawn in half with sample widths determined by geology and mineralization. Individual samples within visible mineralization did not exceed 1.0 m, while the maximum sample interval was 2.0 m. Samples were bagged, security tagged and sent to the ALS Chemex sample preparation facility in Izmir, Turkey and, following preparation, to the ALS Chemex laboratory in Vancouver. Gold was determined by fire assay with AA finish, ore grade repeats were run with ICP-AES and a total of 33 elements determined by ICP after four-acid digestion. Blank, replicate and Certified Reference Material made up approximately 15% of the batch. Additional check assays are under consideration, as is the acquisition of certified reference material in the higher grade range of the received assays.

Empire's Qualified Person, David C. Cliff, BSc (Hons), MIMMM, C Eng, FGS, also Empire's President & CEO, has reviewed and approved the content of this news release.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

David Cliff, President & CEO

This release contains forward-looking information and statements, as defined by law including without limitation Canadian securities laws and the "safe harbor" provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("forward-looking statements"), respecting Empire's exploration plans. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including without limitation the ability to acquire necessary permits and other authorizations; environmental compliance; cost increases; availability of qualified workers; competition for mining properties; risks associated with exploration projects, mineral reserve and resource estimates (including the risk of assumption and methodology errors); dependence on third parties for services; non-performance by contractual counterparties; title risks; and general business and economic conditions. Forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions that may prove to be incorrect, including without limitation assumptions about: general business and economic conditions; the timing and receipt of required approvals; availability of financing; power prices; ability to procure equipment and supplies; and ongoing relations with employees, partners and joint venturers. The foregoing list is not exhaustive and Empire undertakes no obligation to update any of the foregoing except as required by law.

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