Empire Mining Corporation
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Empire Mining Corporation

April 19, 2011 09:04 ET

Empire Mining: Third Drill Rig Now Turning at Bursa Copper-Gold Discovery; IP Survey to Begin

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2011) - Empire Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EPC) ("Empire") is pleased to announce that a third drill rig has commenced drilling on the Demirtepe target at the Bursa Project in Turkey. On January 18, 2011 Empire announced a significant new discovery in the first hole drilled at Demirtepe, which intersected 47.35 meters of 2.02% Copper, 0.96g/t Gold and 21.64g/t Silver including 8 meters of 9.1% Copper, 4.68g/t Gold and 95.3g/t Silver.

The original 4 hole scout-drilling program at Bursa-Demirtepe was expanded following the announcement of the discovery-hole with an additional 10,000 meters of diamond drilling and accelerated with additional rigs.

The size of the mineralized system at Demirtepe, as indicated by the 1,500 by 500 meter soil geochemical anomalies, geophysical anomalies, and scattered old workings suggests that the skarn mineralization encountered in the discovery drill-hole, and probably the target of ancient miners, is driven by a deeper porphyry system. The current drilling is focused on obtaining continuity within the skarns and drilling into the porphyry intrusion.

Further IP/Resistivity geophysical work is scheduled to start on the 23rd of April at Demirtepe. The IP/resistivity survey previously carried out used 100 metre dipole/dipole spacing; enough to penetrate approximately 200 meters. The responses obtained correspond to skarn hosted sulphides, but were unable to identify deeper porphyry potential. The 200 meter spacing will permit greater depth penetration to identify the porphyry target area modeled from geological interpretation. Two lines totaling 6 km are planned. A map of the proposed IP/Resistivity work plotted against a Magnetics survey and a copper geochemistry soil survey can be viewed at the following link:

http://www.empireminingcorp.com/i/nr/2011-04-19-magmap.pdf

Empire is earning a 65% interest in Bursa from Anatolia Minerals Development Limited.

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; that general market conditions will continue; 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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