Noront Resources intersects more massive chromite 21.5 metres averaging 41.58% Cr2O3



    TORONTO, May 26 /CNW/ - Noront Resources Ltd. ("Noront" or the "Company")
(TSX Venture: NOT) is pleased to announce assay results from twelve diamond
drill-holes completed during in the latter part of the winter on the Blackbird
chromite deposits, and provides an update on project progress.

    
                                 HIGHLIGHTS

    -  Hole NOT-09-1G130 intersects 21.5 metres averaging 41.58% Cr2O3, with
       Cr:Fe ratio of 2.13 within 30 metres of surface;
    -  Hole NOT-09-1G104 intersects 25.1 metres averaging 36.82% Cr2O3, Cr:Fe
       ratio of 2.02 including massive chromite intersection 5.2 metres wide
       averaging 40.61% Cr2O3 with Cr:Fe ratio of 2.11;
    -  Chrome resource delineation drilling nears completion, one drill re-
       assigned to test for nickel potential in vicinity of Eagle One;
    -  Drilling continues on chrome, while testing for additional base metal
       and PGE potential.
    

    Drilling Details:

    Noront's late winter exploration program continued through the spring
breakup of late April and into May. As announced on April 28, 2009, the
Company has employed two diamond drills on the Blackbird deposits since the
beginning of January and had completed a total of 17,680.9 metres of drilling
in 63 holes. Since this time, an additional 25 holes have been completed
totaling an additional 5,570 metres, bringing the total drilling for 2009 on
the chromite project to 87 holes and 18,354 metres. As stated earlier this
year, the primary goal of this drilling campaign 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). Noront has nearly
completed its planned drilling on the chromite project, well ahead of schedule
and budget and expects to deliver its National Instrument 43-101 compliant
report by the end of 2009. The company has recently reassigned one drill to
test for downward continuations or extensions of the Eagle One Deposit.

    Assay Results:

    Since the last report of assays (April 28, 2009), Noront has received
final assay data for twelve more of its chromite related holes. 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 chromite intersections only for those holes
where assays have been received since the last press release, and the chrome
to iron ratio (Cr:Fe) is in excess of two to one (2:1) :

    
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hole Number    from (m)  to (m)  int (m)   Cr2O3%   Cr%     Fe%   Cr:Fe
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G101    437.3    439.4     2.1     37.49   25.64   12.14   2.11
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G104    318.4    343.4    25.1     36.82   25.19   12.46   2.02
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    including       324.4    329.7     5.2     40.61   27.78   13.17   2.11
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G110     76.9     81.4     4.6     42.37   28.98   13.43   2.16
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G112     81.3     87.6     6.3     37.81   25.86   12.22   2.12
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G118     96.0    105.0     9.0     36.13   24.72   11.51   2.15
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    followed by     105.0    108.9     3.9     40.17   27.47   13.13   2.09
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G130     37.1     58.6    21.5     41.58   28.45   13.33   2.13
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Notes: Drill intercepts are not true width intercepts; all measurements
    are in metres.
    

    The intervals sampled and reported by Noront include both massive
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 for all twelve holes (NOT-08-1G101, 102,
104, 109, 110, 112, 114, 117, 118, 119, 130 and 131) please proceed to
Noront's website by following the link.
http://norontresources.com/find/id/10/jx Of special note, there are a number
of intriguing (anomalous to perhaps economic grade) base metal and precious
metal drill intersections listed in the table. Hole NOT-09-1G117 intersected 9
metres averaging 0.92% Ni, 0.67 g/t TPM, Hole NOT-09-1G119 intersected 1.8
metres averaging 1.33% Ni, 0.56 g/t TPM, and Hole NOT-09-1G130 intersected 1.3
metres averaging 1.27% Ni, 3.27 g/t TPM. These type of intersections have
become commonplace within and around the chromite deposits, and will be
receiving some additional drill attention to determine their significance in
the economic evaluation of the Blackbird deposits.
    Please follow the link to Noront's website for locations of the
aforementioned holes, as well as those recently drilled but not yet reported.
http://norontresources.com/find/id/11/4y

    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 chromite 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 Joseph A. 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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