Noront Resources utilizing five drills in Ring of Fire



    Provides chromium drilling update

    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Noront Resources Ltd. ("Noront" or the
"Company") (TSX Venture: NOT) is pleased to present an update on its
exploration activities in the Ring of Fire area of northern Ontario in the
James Bay Lowlands.

    
    HIGHLIGHTS

    -   Noront continues an aggressive drill program, exploring the Ring of
        Fire with five drills;
    -   Selected drill results for chromite include the following:
        -   Hole NOT-08-1G077 intersects 35.38% Cr2O3 over 16.6 metres
        -   Hole NOT-08-1G082 intersects 43.00% Cr2O3 over 9.0 metres
        -   Hole NOT-08-1G085 intersects 44.02% Cr2O3 over 7.0 metres
        -   Hole NOT-09-1G087 intersects 36.32% Cr2O3 over 10.2 metres
        -   Hole NOT-09-1G089 intersects 42.22% Cr2O3 over 13.9 metres
    

    Drilling Details:

    Since recommencing drilling in early January, Noront has continuously
employed two diamond drills in the Blackbird chromium (Cr) deposit area. A
total of 40 holes were drilled to the end of March (holes NOT-09-1G086 to
1G122 inclusive and 1G124 to 1G126 inclusive), totalling 12,645.9 metres, and
drilling continues on this project. The Blackbird Cr project is located
approximately two kilometres south of the Eagle One Magmatic Massive Sulphide
deposit. As stated February 26, 2009, the primary goal of this drilling
campaign at the Cr 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).
    In mid to late March, 2009 a third drill was brought onto Noront's
100%-owned Double Eagle property which was previously located on a Noront
Joint Venture property in the area. This drill is now working on testing
geophysical anomalies on Noront's claims located 15 kilometres to the
northeast of Eagle One, in the general area of the AT12 nickel, copper, PGE
occurrence and beyond. Two holes were completed in this area (NOT-09-2G22 and
NOT-09-2G23) totalling 852.9 metres, and drilling continues. Drilling in this
area is challenging due to deep overburden and long water-lines, therefore
progress has been slow.
    A fourth drill was mobilized to the northern portion of the Ring of Fire
in mid March to commence exploration on the Winisk Project, located to the
Northeast of Webequie First Nation, east of the Winisk River and approximately
75 kilometres to the northwest of the Eagle One deposit. Five holes have been
drilled on this new project (WI-09-01 to WI-09-05) totalling 1,464.7 metres.
Drilling continues in this area but results to date have been disappointing.
    A fifth drill has been mobilized to explore an area located approximately
12 kilometres to the southwest of the Eagle One and Blackbird areas. To date,
this drill has completed three holes (NOT-09-1G123, 127 and 134) totalling 904
metres. Drilling continues in this area, testing geophysical targets for their
base and precious metal potential.

    Assay Results:

    Since the last report of assays (January 14, 2009), Noront has received
final assay data for 13 of its Cr-related holes, including some that had been
drilled in late 2008. Assays for chromitite intersections in many other holes
are pending, final results of which will be released as they become available
and are of a material nature. The following table provides assay highlights of
the drilling to date:

    
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                                   diluted
                                    inter-
    Hole ID            from    to    val  massive Cr2O3%  Cr%    Fe%   Cr:Fe
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-08-1G077       78.3   89.3   10.9    7.5  35.01  23.96  14.42   1.66
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    followed by       136.8  153.3   16.6   15.2  35.38  24.21  11.87   2.04
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-08-1G078       55.8   57.4    1.6    1.6  36.19  24.80  14.60   1.70
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-08-1G081      101.8  109.7    8.0   7.36  32.14  21.99  15.43   1.43
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    and               121.4  124.1    2.7   2.53  34.06  23.30  13.49   1.73
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-08-1G082       72.5  105.8   33.3   21.5  26.75  18.30  11.96   1.53
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    including          90.5   99.5    9.0    9.0  43.00  29.43  14.17   2.08
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G085       69.9   81.5   11.6   8.45  34.01  23.26  12.05   1.93
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    including          74.5   81.5    7.0    7.0  44.02  30.11  14.14   2.13
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G087       92.9  103.1   10.2   10.2  36.32  24.84  16.05   1.55
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G089       30.0   43.9   13.9   13.8  42.22  28.87  13.93   2.07
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------


    ----------------------------------------------------
                               Pt     Pd     Au     TPM
    Hole ID             Ni%    g/t    g/t    g/t    g/t
    ----------------------------------------------------
    NOT-08-1G077       0.17   0.16   0.17   0.02   0.35
    ----------------------------------------------------
    followed by        0.12   0.20   0.22   0.07   0.49
    ----------------------------------------------------
    NOT-08-1G078       0.12   0.17   0.08   0.00   0.25
    ----------------------------------------------------
    NOT-08-1G081       0.11   0.12   0.12   0.00   0.25
    ----------------------------------------------------
    and                0.34   0.11   0.12   0.00   0.23
    ----------------------------------------------------
    NOT-08-1G082       0.13   0.10   0.11   0.01   0.22
    ----------------------------------------------------
    including          0.46   0.05   0.33   0.07   0.45
    ----------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G085       0.14   0.11   0.15   0.01   0.27
    ----------------------------------------------------
    including          0.12   0.11   0.11   0.01   0.23
    ----------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G087       0.11   0.17   0.12   0.16   0.44
    ----------------------------------------------------
    NOT-09-1G089       0.13   0.16   0.09   0.00   0.24
    ----------------------------------------------------

    Notes: Drill intercepts are not true width intercepts; all measurements
    are in metres.
    

    Additional assay information pertaining to holes NOT-08-1G077 to
NOT-09-1G089 is provided on Noront's website.
http://www.norontresources.com/prdocs/Blackbird_PlanMap_Mar31.pdf
    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://www.norontresources.com/prdocs/Intersection_table_NOT-08-1G077_to_089_J
EM_.pdf
    The intervals reported include both chromitite and zones of intercalated
beds of chromitite and heavily disseminated chromite hosted by talc-altered
dunite and peridotite. The cumulative length of the chromitite beds as
measured along the core length in each intersection is listed 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-08-1G82, 085 and 089, with Cr2O3 above 42% and Cr:Fe above 2:1.

    Quality Assurance and Quality Control Definitions for Noront Resources:

    Noront's ongoing review of its entire Cr assay database continues.
Hundreds of randomly selected duplicate pulp splits from the entire suite of
Cr assays performed for Noront during the past year have been re-analysed by a
variety of methods both by Actlabs and at alternate labs (Becquerel and SGS
Lakefield). No material discrepancies have been detected between duplicate
analyses and the original values as reported in prior press releases by
Noront. When this program is complete the entire results will be made
available on Noront's website, unless there is a material discrepancy, whereby
those results will be reported via press release.
    All holes drilled are being systematically logged and then sampled.
Samples are being shipped regularly to Actlabs in Thunder Bay, Ontario for
sample preparation and initial analysis (TD-ICP) following strict chain of
custody procedures. Final Cr and Fe analyses are being 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 reviewed by Tracy Armstrong, P.Geo, of P&E Mining
Consultants Inc, who acts as the independent Qualified Person for Noront on
matters pertaining to assays.
    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.
    This press release has been reviewed and approved for dissemination by
Noront's senior management including John Harvey, P.Eng. Chief Operating
Officer of Noront, Dr. Jim Mungall, P.Geo., Noront's Chief Geologist, and Jim
Atkinson, P.Geo. Noront's Exploration Manager, all being Qualified Persons
under Canadian Securities guidelines.

    Noront is a tier two junior resource company on the TSX Venture Exchange,
trading symbol NOT, with 153,722,283 shares issued to date.

    
    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:

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

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