Kent Exploration Inc.
TSX VENTURE : KEX

Kent Exploration Inc.

March 12, 2008 21:00 ET

Kent Exploration Inc: Flagstaff, WA Property-Bulk Sample Shipped for Testing

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2008) - Kent Exploration Inc (TSX VENTURE:KEX) (the "Company") reports that it has shipped a 20 ton barite sample to Metso Minerals in Milwaukee for testing to determine the optimum combination of crushing, grinding, separation equipment, and methods necessary for economic processing of the barite to API specifications (4.2 specific gravity ('SG') and 92% purity) as a weighting agent in oil and gas well drilling.

The Company's 100% optioned Flagstaff property in Northport, WA, approximately 15 miles south of Rossland, BC, contains an open pit barite deposit that has been stripped of overburden and benched ready for mining, and is ten miles from railhead on good forest service roads. As a result of definition drilling in 1981-1982, CE Minerals estimated the deposit contained 1.3 million tons of barite that meets API specifications. The Company advises the size estimate of the barite deposit is taken from reports that are of a historic nature. The Company has not performed sufficient work to confirm the estimate and as such the estimate is not NI-43-101- compliant and should not be relied upon.

In a November 2007 publication (Miller, USGS, 2007), the US Geological Survey reported that 2006 consumption of barite in the US was approximately 3,200,000 tons. US domestic production in 2006 accounted for 540,000 tons at an average price of US$39 f.o.b. mine, with the balance of approximately 2,700,000 tons being imported.

As several Nevada mines producing 4.2 SG barite are nearing the end of their mine life, and as no new deposits have been reported as being developed in the continental US since 1980, the Company is placing high priority on working to develop the Flagstaff property.

See "Baryte's report" http://www.kent-exploration.com/industrialreports.html.

Kent Exploration Inc is a junior exploration company that has a 100% interest in a mining lease option on a gold/silver/barite prospect in eastern Washington state, is earning a 100% interest in the Rosebud property, a gold/silver prospect in northern Arizona, and has earned a 50% interest in the Ivanhoe Creek property, a Midas-style target that contains a bentonite deposit in Nevada's Carlin Trend.

This News Release has been prepared on behalf of the Kent Exploration Inc Board of Directors, which accepts full responsibility for its contents. The contents of this release have been reviewed and approved by Marvin A. Mitchell, P. Eng., a qualified person as defined by National Instrument NI-43-101.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Graeme O'Neill, President

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

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    Graeme O'Neill
    President
    (604) 684-3394 or Toll Free: 1-866-399-6539
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    Website: www.kent-exploration.com