Benton Drills more Copper and PGMs North of Marathon Deposit



    THUNDER BAY, ON, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Benton Resources Corp. ("Benton" or the
"Company") is pleased to announce the remaining results from the 15-hole
diamond drill program completed on the Claw Lake mineralized zone. The Claw
Lake zone is situated on the northern portion of the Bamoos area of the
Company's 100% owned Bermuda Property.
    Results from the drill program continue to demonstrate significant copper
(Cu) and platinum group metals (PGM) enrichment at the Bermuda project north
of the Marathon Cu-PGM Deposit. Highlights include drill hole CL-07-06 that
cut four mineralized horizons with significant PGM and Cu from 106.0 to 167.5
metres (m), one which intersected 7.5m grading 0.23% Cu and 1.20gpt TPM (Total
Precious Metal = platinum (Pt) + palladium (Pd) + gold (Au)). Hole CL-07-14
intersected 16.8 metres grading 0.91gpt TPM and 0.19% Cu including a higher
grade section of 2.57gpt TPM and 0.51% Cu over 4.1m.

    Following is a summary table of mineralized intervals from the Claw Lake
diamond drill program:

    
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                  Bermuda - Claw Lake Drill Hole Composites
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                                Drill
    DRILL HOLE   From    To    Interval    Au      Pt     Pd      TPM    Cu
                  (m)    (m)     (m)      (gpt)   (gpt)  (gpt)   (gpt)   (%)
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    CL-07-01                          no significant results
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    CL-07-02                          no significant results
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    CL-07-03    178.5  181.5     3.0      0.20    0.26    0.48   0.94   0.19
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                198.0  199.5     1.5      0.17    0.26    0.65   1.08   0.05
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-04     85.0   86.5     1.5      0.30    0.49    3.18   3.97   0.30
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                115.8  117.5     1.8      0.18    0.24    0.77   1.19   0.24
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-05     40.5   43.5     3.0      0.15    0.19    1.36   1.70   0.33
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 64.5   67.5     3.0      0.17    0.25    0.76   1.18   0.30
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-06    106.0  110.5     4.5      0.16    0.22    0.44   0.82   0.24
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                119.5  130.0    10.5      0.06    0.12    0.46   0.64   0.14
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                148.1  151.0     2.9      0.09    0.21    0.52   0.82   0.17
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                160.0  167.5     7.5      0.09    0.19    0.92   1.20   0.23
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-07     89.5   97.0     7.5      0.09    0.17    0.59   0.85   0.20
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-08                          no significant results
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    CL-07-09    163.8  166.2     2.4      0.13    0.22    0.73   1.08   0.24
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-10                          no significant results
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    CL-07-11    152.9  155.0     2.1      0.09    0.15    0.42   0.66   0.22
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-12    125.0  133.9     8.9      0.08    0.17    0.54   0.79   0.13
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
       incl.    131.0  133.9     2.9      0.14     0.3    1.09   1.53   0.28
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-13     53.0   56.0     3.0      0.14    0.34    0.97   1.45   0.23
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 65.0   97.0    32.0      0.12     0.2    0.86   1.18   0.39
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
       incl.     92.0   97.0     5.0      0.21    0.43    1.73   2.37   0.41
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                141.5  158.5    17.0      0.14    0.29    1.26   1.69   0.28
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       incl.    146.0  158.5    12.5      0.18    0.39    1.70   2.27   0.33
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-14     64.2   75.5    11.3      0.10    0.15    0.40   0.65   0.23
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                107.0  123.8    16.8      0.11    0.17    0.63   0.91   0.19
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       incl.    119.7  123.8     4.1      0.26    0.45    1.84   2.55   0.51
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-15    83.00  86.00    3.00      0.15    0.17    0.72   1.04   0.15
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               126.50 129.50    3.00      0.24    0.30    1.28   1.82   0.49
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    Drill intervals represent core lengths, gpt = grams per tonne.
    

    Clinton Barr (P.Geo.), V.P. Exploration for Benton Resources Corp., is
the qualified person responsible for this release.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benton Resources Corp.
    "Stephen Stares"
    Stephen Stares, President

    THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE HAS NOT REVIEWED AND DOES NOT ACCEPT
    RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.

    Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe
harbor provisions of the Private Securities.




For further information:

For further information: Stephen Stares, 3290 Willard Ave, Thunder Bay,
Ontario, P7E 6J7, Phone (807) 475-7474, Fax (807) 475-7200,
www.bentonresources.ca; Investor relations: First Canadian Capital Corp.,
Daniel Boase, Phone (416) 742-5600, Toll Free: 1-866-580-8891; In U.S.A: The
Windward Agency, Kelly Boatright, Phone (704) 588-8600

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