West Timmins Mining Inc.
TSX : WTM

West Timmins Mining Inc.

May 13, 2008 05:00 ET

WTM Secures Surface Rights and Access for Exploration and Future Development, Montana De Oro Project, Mexico

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - West Timmins Mining Inc. (TSX:WTM) announced today the signing of a 30 year surface rights and access agreement with the El Rodeo Ejido or "community" on its Montana de Oro Project in Sonora, Mexico. The agreement provides WTM with on-going access to 8,050 hectares of land administered by the El Rodeo community for exploration purposes and allows for mine development covering any selected area of up to 2,000 hectares. The Company has also entered into exploration access agreements with two neighbouring communities.

"The recently signed agreements reaffirm our positive relationships with the communities in which we are working as we continue with the exploration of our recent discoveries on the Montana de Oro Project. These agreements are a responsible and logical step as we continue to expand the La Dura and other nearby discoveries," said Darin Wagner, President and CEO of West Timmins Mining. A climate of mutual respect and open communications are cornerstones of the Company's exploration and development programs.

Ejido's are local community councils established by the Mexican government which own or control surface rights throughout rural Mexico. The El Rodeo community controls the surface rights to the south-central portion of the 60,000+ hectare Montana de Oro Project area including the surface rights over the Company's La Dura East, West and Copper discoveries and the Violetta, Chino Gordo, Chapote and El Rodeo gold-silver zones.

Under the El Rodeo Agreement WTM will make annual payments of four hundred Mexican pesos per hectare (approximately $40 Canadian dollars per hectare), based on the use of 2,000 hectares, during the period that it is actively exploring or mining within the boundaries of the El Rodeo community. WTM will also construct a two room building for a medical clinic, expand the local school house and annually sponsor one student from the community to attend high school. WTM will also work, in cooperation with the municipal council of Alamos, Sonora, to upgrade the road network in the El Rodeo area providing improved access for on-going exploration activities. The agreement has a minimum two year term.

About West Timmins Mining Inc. (www.westtimminsmining.com):

West Timmins is focussed on the exploration and development of district-scale gold and related base metal projects in the major gold camps of North America. WTM currently has six drills testing high grade gold and base metal targets on its West Timmins project in Ontario, Canada and on the Montana de Oro Project in Sonora, Mexico. West Timmins Mining is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM.

On behalf of the Board of West Timmins Mining Inc.

Darin W. Wagner, President and Chief Executive Officer

For further details on West Timmins Mining Inc. please refer to prior disclosure at www.sedar.com. The securities described in this press release have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under any U.S. state securities laws, and such securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an exemption from such registration requirements.

This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities regulation, including statements regarding the future activities of the Company. Forward looking statements reflect the current beliefs and expectations of management and are identified by the use of words including "will", "expected to", "plans", "planned" and other similar words. Actual results may differ significantly. The achievement of the results expressed in forward looking statements is subject to a number of risks, including those described in the Company's annual information form as filed with the Canadian securities regulators which are available at www.sedar.com. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon forward looking statements.

The TSX has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this news release, which has been prepared by management.

Contact Information

  • West Timmins Mining Inc.
    Darin W. Wagner
    President & CEO
    (604) 685-8311 or Toll Free: 1-866-685-8311
    or
    West Timmins Mining Inc.
    Jordann Nettles
    Manager Investor Relations
    (604) 685-8311 or Toll Free: 1-866-685-8311
    Email: info@westtimminsmining.com
    Website: www.westtimminsmining.com