Benton Intercepts Wide Zones of Copper and PGMs 1200m North of Marathon Deposit



    THUNDER BAY, ON, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - Benton Resources Corp. ("Benton" or the
"Company") is pleased to announce the results from the first 6 of 15 diamond
drill holes completed on the Claw Lake mineralized zone, located on the
northern portion of the Bamoos area of the Company's 100% owned Bermuda
Property.
    Results from these 6 drill holes continue to demonstrate potential that
the Bermuda project may host significant copper (Cu) and platinum group metals
(PGM) mineralization. Diamond drill hole CL-07-13, drilled 1200m north of the
Marathon deposit, intersected multiple zones of significant PGM and Cu
mineralization including 32.0m grading 1.18gpt TPM (Total Precious Metal =
platinum (Pt) + palladium (Pd) + gold (Au)) with 0.39% Cu. A separate
intercept from this same hole returned 1.69gpt TPM with 0.28% Cu over 17.0
metres.
    These drill results demonstrate similar grades and thicknesses to that of
the Marathon deposit located to the south which now has an in-pit resource of
3.54 million oz TPM and 585 million pounds of Copper (MAR P.R November 29,
2007). Results for the remaining 9 drill holes will be released as they are
received.

    Following is a table of significant drill hole results:

    
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                      Bermuda - Claw Lake Drill Results
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                                Drill
    DRILL HOLE   From     To   Interval   TPM     Au     Pt     Pd      Cu
                  (m)     (m)    (m)     (gpt)   (gpt)  (gpt)  (gpt)    (%)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    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    0.94    0.20    0.26   0.48    0.19
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 198.0   199.5    1.5    1.08    0.17    0.26   0.65    0.05
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-04      85.0    86.5    1.5    3.97    0.30    0.49   3.18    0.30
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 115.8   117.5    1.8    1.19    0.18    0.24   0.77    0.24
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-05      40.5    43.5    3.0    1.70    0.15    0.19   1.36    0.33
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  64.5    67.5    3.0    1.18    0.17    0.25   0.76    0.30
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CL-07-13      53.0    56.0    3.0    1.45    0.14    0.34   0.97    0.23
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                  65.0    97.0   32.0    1.18    0.12     0.2   0.86    0.39
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    incl.         92.0    97.0    5.0    2.37    0.21    0.43   1.73    0.41
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 141.5   158.5   17.0    1.69    0.14    0.29   1.26    0.28
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    incl.        146.0   158.5   12.5    2.27    0.18    0.39   1.70    0.33
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    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 REVEIWED 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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