Noront Resources continues drilling in Ring of Fire



    
    Provides additional chromium update

    Symbol: NOT:TSX-V
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    TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Noront Resources Ltd. ("Noront" or the
"Company") (TSX Venture: NOT) is pleased to announce assay results from 14
diamond drill-holes completed during February and early March 2009 on the
Blackbird deposits, and provides an update on project progress.

    
                                 HIGHLIGHTS

    -  Noront continues with two drills focussing on chromite over the break-
       up period, exploring the Blackbird deposits
    -  Wide drill core intersections being encountered of massive chromite up
       to 32.2 metres averaging 36.96 % Cr2O3 and resulting Cr:Fe ratio of
       1.96
    -  Resource Drill pattern being adjusted to accommodate recent
       metallurgical test results;
    -  Drilling continues on anomaly testing for new base metal, PGE
       deposits.
    

    Drilling Details:

    Noront's winter exploration program was designed to delineate a chromium
resource for the Blackbird deposits and to test airborne geophysical anomalies
elsewhere on Noront's extensive properties in the Ring of Fire. The Company
has continuously employed two diamond drills on the Blackbird deposits since
early January, and will continue to drill through the break up period in the
Ring of Fire area of Northern Ontario.
    The Blackbird project is located approximately two kilometres south of
the Eagle One Magmatic Massive Sulphide deposit and extends in a general SW-NE
direction for approximately fourteen kilometres. The last report included
holes drilled to the end of March. Since then, an additional 23 holes (1G128 -
1G133, 1G135-1G145, 1G147 - 1G149, 1G151 - 1G153) totaling 5,035 metres have
been completed, bringing the total for this year to 17,680.9 metres in 63
holes completed. This drilling has outlined three main areas of mineralization
that are undergoing detail drilling, two of which may coalesce to form one. As
stated earlier this year the primary goal of this drilling campaign at the
project is to define a National Instrument 43 - 101 compliant resource for the
Blackbird discoveries by completing sufficient drilling at an optimum drill
hole spacing to provide both inferred and indicated resources depending on the
density of sampling and the domain type (massive vs. disseminated chromite).
With the information gleaned from the recent preliminary metallurgical
program, Noront will be adjusting the drill spacing to focus on the MC
(massive chromite), D3 (highly disseminated chromite) and D2 (moderately
disseminated) categories of chromite mineralization. Noront is on budget and
schedule to complete the necessary drilling by the late summer of 2009.
    A third drill focused on base metals (Ni+Cu), PGE's, exploration, that
had been exploring Noront's claims fifteen kilometres to the northeast of
Eagle One, in the general area of the AT12 nickel, copper, PGE occurrence and
beyond, testing geophysical anomalies has recently been shut down for spring
break up. This drill has completed the following work since last report; two
additional holes (NOT-2G24 and 2G25) totalling 1095 metres were completed
(total of four holes 1947.9 metres were completed by this drill in 2009,
assays are pending). This drill has recently been halted for maintenance
during the breakup period and will resume after breakup on anomaly drilling.
    The fourth drill, exploring an area located approximately 12 kilometres
to the southwest of the Eagle One and Blackbird areas completed an additional
two holes (NOT-09-146 and NOT-09-150) totalling 456 metres bringing the total
number of holes drilled into this area to five totalling 1,360 metres. Assays
are pending for these five holes. Drilling in this area has been temporarily
suspended for the break up period.
    A fifth drill working in the northern portion of the Ring of Fire since
mid March on the Winisk Project, located to the Northeast of Webequie First
Nation, just east of the Winisk River and approximately 75 kilometres to the
northwest of the Eagle One deposit, moved from the Winisk area to the Oval
Lake area and completed three holes OL-09-01, 02 and 03 totalling        
832.6 metres. Samples of core from this program have been selected and have
been delivered for assaying.

    Assay Results:

    Since the last report of assays (April 14, 2009), Noront has received
final assay data for thirteen more of its chromite related holes, as well as
additional assay data from hole NOT-08-065 drilled much earlier. Hole
NOT-08-065 had been selected for metallurgical work as reported on April 27,
2009 and as such the initial assays for this hole were never previously
reported. Assays for chromitite intersections in many other holes are pending,
final results of which will be released as they become available. The
following table provides assay highlights for the massive chromitite
intersections only for those holes where assays have been received since the
last press release:

    
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                                Diluted  including
                               interval   massive
    Hole ID    From (m) To (m)    (m)       (m)   Cr2O3%   Cr%    Fe%  Cr:Fe
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    NOT-08-065    190.0  205.0   15.0      7.35   29.80   20.39  13.33  1.53
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             and  215.0  216.0    1.0      0.36   35.59   24.30  13.90  1.75
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             and  220.0  221.0    1.0      0.38   22.76   15.60  13.10  1.19
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G090   70.5   73.7    3.2      3.04   33.13   22.66  14.98  1.51
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G092  107.4  116.8    9.5      7.00   30.68   20.99  12.88  1.63
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
       including  107.4  113.5    6.1      6.05   38.66   26.45  14.44  1.83
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-08-1G093   54.6   71.0   16.4     16.40   40.28   27.55  13.78  2.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G095   44.0   54.0   10.0      8.16   33.59   22.99  12.61  1.82
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             and   61.3   62.6    1.3      1.00   33.26   22.72  12.44  1.83
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             and  179.7  210.0   30.3     27.30   38.52   26.34  13.25  1.99
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
       including  179.7  192.5   12.8     12.80   41.26   28.22  12.87  2.19
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      as well as  195.5  210.0   14.5     14.50   39.45   26.98  14.39  1.87
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G097  169.7  175.9    6.3      5.60   39.95   27.33  12.78  2.14
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G099   89.5  102.6   13.0      5.64   26.08   17.84  11.40  1.57
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
       including   89.5   94.0    4.5      4.22   42.09   28.79  14.13  2.04
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             and  137.0  139.5    2.5      2.40   40.39   27.60  14.82  1.86
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Notes: Drill intercepts are not true width intercepts; all measurements
    are in metres.
    

    The intervals sampled and reported include both chromitite and zones of
intercalated beds of chromitite and heavily disseminated chromite hosted by
talc-altered dunite and peridotite. For a complete set of assayed intervals
please refer to the intersection table available on Noront's website by
following the link provided below. The cumulative length of the chromitite
beds as measured along the core length in each intersection is listed above in
the column after total diluted interval length. Whereas most of the intervals
listed contain some dilution due to the intercalated disseminated beds, we
draw attention to the grade of the chromitite in the massive sub-intervals in
holes NOT-08-1G95, 097 and 099, with Cr(2)O(3) at or above 40% and Cr:Fe above
2:1. We also call attention to the fact that the intervals reported in hole
NOT-08-065 are the same ones used as the combined sample of intercalated
chromitite and silicate interbeds in the metallurgical study published in
Noront's press release of April 27, 2009. The combined sample from this
interval was successfully beneficiated by simple gravity separation methods to
produce a concentrate grading 51.9% Cr(2)O(3) with a Cr:Fe ratio of 2.19.
    Additional assay information pertaining to holes NOT-08-1G090 to
NOT-09-1G105 (except holes NOT-09-1G101, 102 and 104) is provided on Noront's
website. Please follow the link
<a href="http://norontresources.com/newsItems/getDocument/prnot-2009.04.28-Assay_Interval_Table.pdf">http://norontresources.com/newsItems/getDocument/prnot-2009.04.28-Assay_Interv</a>
<a href="http://norontresources.com/newsItems/getDocument/prnot-2009.04.28-Assay_Interval_Table.pdf">al_Table.pdf</a>
    Please follow the link to Noront's website for locations of the
aforementioned holes, as well as those recently drilled but not yet reported.
<a href="http://norontresources.com/newsItems/getDocument/prnot-2009.04.28-Blackbird_PlanMap.pdf">http://norontresources.com/newsItems/getDocument/prnot-2009.04.28-Blackbird_Pl</a>
<a href="http://norontresources.com/newsItems/getDocument/prnot-2009.04.28-Blackbird_PlanMap.pdf">anMap.pdf</a>

    Quality Assurance and Quality Control:

    All holes drilled are systematically logged and then sampled. Samples are
shipped regularly to Actlabs in Thunder Bay, Ontario for sample preparation
and initial analysis (TD-ICP) following strict chain of custody procedures.
Final chromium and iron analyses were done by instrumental neutron activation
(INAA) at the Actlabs facility in Ancaster, Ontario. Neutron activation is a
method in which samples are irradiated by neutrons, causing the analyte
elements to become radioactive. Counting the radioactivity of each activated
isotope in comparison to the activity of a reference material such as Cr wire
allows the determination of element concentrations with no matrix effect. For
more information on Actlabs analytical procedures please visit Actlabs website
at: http://www.actlabs.com
    Under Noront's QA/QC program each batch of 35 samples includes one blank,
two internationally certified reference materials (ICRM; henceforth referred
to as standards), one quarter-sawn field duplicate, a coarse reject duplicate,
and a pulp duplicate. These procedures are conducted in addition to Actlabs'
standard practise of further inserting one Cr standard within each reactor
bundle of 11 samples. The pass/fail criteria for the new Cr standard and for
the standards inserted by Actlabs are the same as for the Cu, Ni, Au, Pd and
Pt standards previously reported. In particular, if measured concentrations in
standards differ from accepted values by more than two standard deviations of
the method as determined by numerous INAA repeats on the standards at Actlabs,
the entire batch fails and is re-analysed. The standard deviation for 30
repeat measurements of the ICRM SARM 9 by INAA at Actlabs was 1.2% Cr2O3,
giving a coefficient of variation of 2.6% and therefore a nominal precision of
5.2% (taken as twice the standard deviation). Precision of pulp splits within
reactor batches as determined by the Thompson-Howarth method is 1.7%; between
reactor batches it is 5%, matching very closely the apparent precision of 5.2%
from replicate analyses of standards. Duplicates and standards are also
monitored over periods of months to detect and correct, if necessary, any
drift bias or changes in precision that might appear through time. All QA/QC
procedures and checks are carried out by Tracy Armstrong, PGeo, of P&E Mining
Consultants Inc, who acts as the Qualified Person for Noront on matters
pertaining to assays. Currently reported data were all obtained by INAA.
    Additional quality control measures have been recently adopted for Cr and
Fe including the blind insertion of a certified reference material SARM 8,
purchased from Mintek in South Africa, and a change from INAA to fusion X-ray
fluorescence (XRF) to analyse chromite samples. For fusion XRF assays the
samples are melted with borate fluxes and quenched to a glass bead, which is
then irradiated with X-rays. The secondary X-ray emissions are counted and
used, with reference to several calibrants, to determine the whole rock
composition including the analytes and all other major oxide components of the
rock. The additional compositional data would be of interest to buyers of any
potential ore from the Blackbird deposits. The results of these new assays are
still pending.
    This press release has been reviewed and approved for dissemination by
Noront's senior management including Chief Geologist Jim Mungall Ph.D., P.Geo.
Exploration Manager Jim Atkinson M.Sc., P.Geo., and Chief Operating Officer
John Harvey P.Eng. all being Qualified Persons under Canadian Securities
guidelines.

    
                                        ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

                                        "Paul A. Parisotto and Joe Hamilton"
                                                Co-Chief Executive Officers
    

    FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

    This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of
applicable Canadian securities legislation, including predictions, projections
and forecasts. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to,
statements that address activities, events or developments that the Company
expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including such things
as future business strategy, competitive strengths, goals, expansion, growth
of the Company's businesses, operations, plans and with respect to exploration
results, the timing and success of exploration activities generally,
permitting time lines, government regulation of exploration and mining
operations, environmental risks, title disputes or claims, limitations on
insurance coverage, timing and possible outcome of any pending litigation and
timing and results of future resource estimates or future economic studies.
    Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by
the use of words such as "plans", "planning", "planned", "expects" or "looking
forward", "does not expect", "continues", "scheduled", "estimates",
"forecasts", "intends", "potential", "anticipates", "does not anticipate", or
"belief", or describes a "goal", or variation of such words and phrases or
state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might"
or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved.
    Forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and
assumptions, including, the result of drilling and exploration activities,
that contracted parties provide goods and/or services on the agreed
timeframes, that equipment necessary for exploration is available as scheduled
and does not incur unforeseen break downs, that no labour shortages or delays
are incurred, that plant and equipment function as specified, that no unusual
geological or technical problems occur, and that laboratory and other related
services are available and perform as contracted. Forward-looking statements
involve known and unknown risks, future events, conditions, uncertainties and
other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements
to be materially different from any future results, prediction, projection,
forecast, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the
interpretation and actual results of current exploration activities; changes
in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; future prices of gold;
possible variations in grade or recovery rates; failure of equipment or
processes to operate as anticipated; the failure of contracted parties to
perform; labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in
obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of
exploration, as well as those factors disclosed in the company's publicly
filed documents. Although Noront has attempted to identify important factors
that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from
those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that
cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or
intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove
to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially
from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not
place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

    
    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
    

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For further information: please contact the Investor Relations
Department at (416) 238 7226, or visit Noront's website at:
http://www.norontresources.com

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