SOURCE: General Metals Corporation

August 17, 2007 08:08 ET

General Metals Expands Claims and Assets at Independence Mine and Reports That Phase 1 Drilling Has Been Delayed

RENO, NV--(Marketwire - August 17, 2007) - General Metals Corporation (OTCBB: GNMT) (FRANKFURT: GMQ) (the "Company") confirms that on August 16, 2007, the Company executed the First Amendment to the Mining Lease it holds with Independence Gold-Silver Mines, Inc. and has added 4 additional mining claims to its existing lease. These claims cover the area where the existing cyanide decantation mill and operating facilities are currently cited and the area where the Pioneer Haul Road crosses the Independence claims; specifically, Independence #1, #2, DC #83 and An Old Glory. Underground reconnaissance and early drilling has shown that when the proposed open pit mining operation is started that the mill and equipment will be relocated to the private land where the processing and heap leach operation will be cited and that there could be substantial mineralized material contained under the mill site that will be within the Plan of Operation Boundary for the proposed open pit.

Company CFO, Dan Forbush, states: "This Addendum now gives General Metals complete control of all assets associated with the Independence property, including the Mill equipment and existing easements that have been leased by others from time to time. This opens up a new drill horizon that is expected to add additional gold and silver drill results to our current estimates of 235,000 ounces of gold and 2.5 million ounces of silver in the Shallow Target. We have suffered a delay in starting our Phase 1 drilling program due to changes beyond our control with our contract drillers of choice and drilling crew shortages. We are seeking alternatives, but in the end, the cost of the program will dictate which plan we go with. It is management's position that we would rather drill more holes than pay more money for fewer holes, so we may choose to wait a few weeks. We are still within our budget parameters."

Further information will be forthcoming as we make drilling progress and as we expand opportunities currently covered by Confidentiality Agreements.

About General Metals Corporation, Inc: General Metals is a gold and silver mining Company that operates the Independence Mine in Battle Mountain, NV. The Independence mine is predominately a silver mine that produced from 1938 through 1987. Historic production by the various operators totaled 750,200 ounces silver and 11,029 ounces gold. The average recovered grade of all recorded production was 0.17 oz. gold and 11.53 ounces of silver per ton. Historical and recent geologist and engineering reports discuss an estimated 235,000 ounces of gold and 2.5 million ounces of silver in the Independence shallow target (Phase 1) and from 818,000-2 million ounces of gold in the Independence deep target (Phase 2). The Company recently acquired 150 sq. km. with a full prospecting license for gold, diamonds and base metals in Ghana, West Africa and is in Confidentiality in Sonora, Mexico. A more detailed discussion is available at

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