Revett Minerals

Revett Minerals

September 15, 2005 14:42 ET

Revett Finds Solid Support for Rock Creek in Poll

SANDPOINT, Idaho--(CCNMatthews - Sep 15, 2005) -

Revett Minerals Inc. (TSX:RVM) today released results of a Montana statewide poll, with an over-sample in Idaho, specifically in Bonner and Kootenai counties, showing that despite years of misinformed charges, the proposed Rock Creek project has solid support from the public for being developed, even in Bonner and Kootenai Counties.

"We were very gratified to see that despite years of misinformation to which previous owners of the proposed development did not respond, a solid plurality of the public in Montana and in Bonner and Kootenai counties, as well as a solid majority in Montana's Lincoln and Sanders counties, support this project," said Revett Minerals president Bill Orchow in a statement released to the media.

Orchow presented the results of the mid-summer survey to a visiting group of Idaho legislators and other dignitaries while they visited the company's Troy Mine and the site of the proposed Rock Creek Project.

Orchow also indicated to the group that Revett was undertaking a campaign to inform the public of the real facts with regard to the project.

"Before providing respondents with a series of facts we simply posed the question as to whether folks supported or opposed the project. In Montana 49% supported it, 23% opposed it and 28% said they didn't know," he stated, adding that "in Bonner and Kootenai counties 42% supported it, 32% opposed and 26% said they didn't yet know."

Orchow said that after presenting a series of statements which clarified misunderstood issues such as whether the project would use heap-leach cyanide (it won't), whether it had an alleged toxic tailing pond (it doesn't -- the tailing impoundment is inert material, basically beach sand), whether it would adversely impact endangered grizzly bears (not according to the U.S. Forest Service approved Record of Decision which includes an extensive mitigation plan for protection and recovery of grizzly bears), and, whether the project would adversely impact water quality (it won't -- water discharged from the mine will be treated and meet or exceed all required water quality standards), support for the project jumped to a solid majority statewide in Montana, and even a majority in Bonner and Kootenai counties.

"When informed of the facts the people of Montana by a 65% to 23% margin said they supported the project with only 13% now undecided. In Bonner and Kootenai counties the numbers were 55% for, 36% against and only 9% undecided," he said.

"This shows that when voters have the real facts they can make an informed decision," he stated.

The poll was conducted by nationally known Moore Information of Portland which has done extensive polling for political candidates and for many businesses in Montana and Idaho. The sample size for Montana was 400 voters using random digit dialing with a plus or minus factor of 5%. The oversample of Kootenai and Bonner counties was an additional 150 interviews with a plus or minus factor of 8%.

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