Romarco Minerals Inc.

Romarco Minerals Inc.

January 25, 2006 10:50 ET

Romarco Commences Drilling at Pine Grove Gold Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 25, 2006) - ROMARCO MINERALS INC. (TSX VENTURE:R)(the "Company") is pleased to announce that drilling is underway at its Pine Grove Gold Project located in the Walker Lane Mineral Belt of Nevada. The Phase I drilling program consists of approximately 5000 feet of rotary-reverse circulation drilling in 5 drill holes.

The Pine Grove project area hosts the historic Rockland Mine which produced approximately 35,000 ounces of gold equivalent with grades of 2.6 ounces per ton ("opt") gold and 50.1 opt silver from banded epithermal veins, a geologic setting for gold mineralization comparable to the Sleeper and Midas bonanza vein districts in Nevada. Previous drilling by Inmet Mining intersected 100 feet grading 0.04 opt gold including 10 feet grading 0.18 opt gold. Previous drill programs were directed at bulk-mineable low-grade, open-pit gold targets and only drilled to depths of 600 feet. Additionally, the previous drilling was not directed at the vein targets that occur on the property.

Romarco will be testing two target areas in the Phase I drilling program: (1) follow up drilling on the positive results from Inmet's drilling in the 1990's; and (2) vein targets which crop out on surface and have never been drill tested. Phase II drilling is currently scheduled for the third quarter of 2006 and will follow up on Phase I drill results and test the area in and around the Rockland Mine.

The Pine Grove property consists of 138 unpatented lode mining claims covering approximately 2,760 acres, and situated in the Walker Lane Mineral Belt, approximately 23 miles south of the town of Yerington. Romarco has an option agreement with Toquima Minerals US Inc. to earn a 60% (70% under certain conditions) interest in the Pine Grove Project by spending US$ 2 million in exploration and project holding costs prior to December 31, 2009. Romarco may at its discretion accelerate such expenditures in order to earn its interest at an earlier date. Upon the completion of its earn-in, Romarco shall have for a period of 90 days the option to elect to earn an additional 10% interest (total 70%) by committing to take the project to final feasibility within three years.

Romarco will be the Operator of the Project during the term of the Agreement. Romarco's Qualified Person at Pine Grove is Mr. Mark Reischman. Eklund Drilling Company has been selected as the drilling contractor. Dr. Tommy Thompson, Romarco's V.P. Exploration is overseeing the exploration program.


Diane R. Garrett, President and C.E.O.

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