Niblack Mineral Development Inc.

Niblack Mineral Development Inc.

August 22, 2011 08:30 ET

Niblack Joint Venture Receives Priority Permitting Approval from US Forest Service

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 22, 2011) - Niblack Mineral Development Inc. ("Niblack" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NIB) and joint venture partner Heatherdale Resources Ltd. (Heatherdale) (TSX VENTURE:HTR) are pleased to report that on August 16, 2011 the US Forest Service Alaska Regional Forester Beth Pendleton announced that exploration drilling at the Niblack Project has been approved to go forward. The permitting approval allows the joint venture to drill test several high priority exploration targets located on federal lands designated as inventoried roadless area. This will complement and significantly enhance the ongoing exploration program at the Niblack Project.

"Today, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell approved geotechnical and exploration drilling in inventoried roadless areas for the Greens Creek Mine and the Niblack Mine exploration projects," said Pendleton. "This approval will allow Greens Creek to continue the expansion of its tailings site and Niblack to continue its exploration."

"These two projects will help employ Alaskans on important projects while providing crucial environmental safeguards," said Harris Sherman, Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment at the US Department of Agriculture. "Both the Niblack and Greens Creek projects will have minimal footprints -- less than an acre apiece -- with the potential for substantial boosts to local economies."

The joint venture would like to acknowledge the combined efforts of the Alaska Governor, Congressional delegation, the USDA and the local USFS in obtaining these approvals. We particularly appreciate the strong show of support from Governor Parnell and from Senator Mark Begich. This priority permitting will allow the technical team to test high priority targets that can be best accessed by helicopter supported drilling before the end of the field season.

There are currently two underground drills operating at the Niblack Project. The surface drilling program initiated in late May to focus on targets accessible from patented mining claims on the property was put on hiatus. The current approval from the US Forest Service means that the drill program will resume in Q3/Q4.

Peter Kleespies, P.Geol., a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101, is supervising the exploration and quality assurance and quality control programs on behalf of Niblack and has reviewed the content of this release.

About Niblack Mineral Development Inc.

Niblack Mineral Development Inc. (TSX VENTURE:NIB) is an exploration and development company with a number of mineral rich assets in South East Alaska. The Corporation's principal asset is the Niblack advanced stage copper-gold-zinc-silver project. This project is currently joint ventured to and operated by Heatherdale Resources Ltd. (part of the Hunter Dickinson group of companies) which has the right to earn up to a 70% interest in the project.

Niblack Mineral Development Inc. is a member of the Discovery Group of companies, for more information on the group visit

On behalf of the Board Niblack Mineral Development Inc.

John Williamson, President, CEO & Director

This release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or developments that the company expects are forward looking statements. Although the company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continuity of mineralization, uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary permits, licenses and title and delays due to third party opposition, changes in government policies regarding mining and natural resource exploration and exploitation, and continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For more information on the Company, investors should review the Company's continuous disclosure filings that are available at

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