SOURCE: Benton Resources Corp.

January 18, 2007 10:07 ET

Encouraging Gold Results in First Phase of Diamond Drilling at Saganaga Gold Project

THUNDER BAY, ON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 18, 2007 -- Benton Resources Corp. (TSX-V: BTC) ("Benton") is pleased to announce that it has received results from six of the eleven diamond drill holes completed by Teck Cominco Limited ("Teck Cominco") on Benton's Saganaga gold project located 120 km west of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The initial results confirm the presence of a large gold-bearing structural zone along the margins of a mafic intrusion. The highlight of assay results from the first six drill holes comes from the Starr zone area where drill hole SAG06-11 intersected 5.36 grams per tonne (gpt) gold (Au) over 20 meters (m) starting from surface. The 20 m composite contained numerous individual assays greater than 1.0 gpt Au with the highest returning 48.7 gpt Au over 1 m.

The 2000 m eleven-hole drill program was designed to test a large induced polarization (IP) chargeability anomaly that extends for over 1 km in strike length. Benton is encouraged by these early results and optimistic about the potential of the Saganaga/ Q-9 properties to host a significant gold resource. Assays from the remaining five diamond drill holes are pending and a table of significant results from the eleven drill holes will be reported when all results are received. A drill hole plan map will be posted on Benton's website shortly. Teck Cominco recently initiated a program consisting of line cutting and an IP geophysical survey on the surrounding Q-9 gold project that was recently optioned to Teck Cominco as well.

Hole ID        From (m)     To (m)      Interval (m)    Au (gpt)
SAG06-01                                                    NSV
SAG06-02         56.0       59.0               3.0          0.67
SAG06-03         48.3       49.5               1.2          4.24
SAG06-05         17.2       18.1               0.9          8.20
and              84.5      105.5              21.0          0.18
SAG06-10          0.0        6.5               6.5          0.35
SAG06-11          0.0       20.0              20.0          5.36
includes         14.0       20.0               6.0         10.18
Teck Cominco can earn up to a 70% interest in the Saganaga Gold project by spending $8,000,000 on exploration (Press Release dated July 17, 2006) and can also earn a 70% interest in the Q-9 property that bounds Saganaga to the northeast and southwest by spending another $8 million (Press Release dated December 19, 2006).

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

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities.

Contact Information

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