Benton mobilizes drill to new high grade nickel, copper, platinum and palladium discovery at Bark Lake



    THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Benton Resources Corp. ("Benton" or the
"Company") is pleased to report that the Company has mobilized a drill to the
Bark Lake project. The first phase drill program will consist of 5-7 holes
totaling a minimum of 1000 metres of drilling. The program will focus on
testing moderate to strong induced polarization anomalies coincidental with
magnetic anomalies. These anomalies lie within close proximity to high grade
base and precious metal surface samples which returned individual assays
grading up to 1.5% Nickel, 1.2% Copper, 2.6 grams per tonne (gpt) Platinum,
1.4gpt Palladium and 0.7gpt gold. 12 out of the 16 samples taken from the area
returned results higher in Platinum than Palladium. Management believes the
project has excellent potential and results of the diamond drilling program
will be released as they are received.
    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 Litigation Reform act of 1995.
Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and
uncertainties.




For further information:

For further information: Stephen Stares, 611 Montreal Street, Thunder
Bay, Ontario, P7E 3P2, Phone (807) 475-7474, Fax (807) 475-7200,
www.bentonresources.ca; Investor relations: In Canada: First Canadian Capital,
Daniel Boase, Phone (416) 742-5600, Fax (416) 742-6410; In U.S.A: The Windward
Agency, Kelly Boatright, Phone (704) 588-8600

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