Romarco drills 35.1 meters of 2.9 g/t gold in condemnation hole

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TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - ROMARCO MINERALS INC. (TSXV: R) (the "Company") is pleased to announce recent assay results from its ongoing exploration and condemnation drilling programs at the Haile Gold Mine in South Carolina. The Company has predominately been drilling condemnation holes for the past two months and these assays are being prioritized over the exploration assays as this is a critical path item for the feasibility study currently underway.

Although the volume of mineralized material is unknown at this time, the results from the condemnation drilling continue to demonstrate the upside potential of the Haile gold resource. Condemnation drilling to the north and east has identified gold mineralization well beyond the known mineralization at Haile (see selected results and details below) and has established new targets in these directions.

Hole RC-1732 encountered a significant intercept and contained hydrothermally silicified zones which are a signature of the Haile mineralization system. In addition, one hole that was drilled as part of the site hydrogeologic characterization yielded positive results as well as an in-fill exploration drill hole.

The condemnation hole RC-1732 was drilled 350 meters (1150 feet) east-northeast from the known mineralization of the Haile corridor. RC-1732 encountered several zones of mineralization beginning 214.9 meters (705 feet) down the hole. Assays results from the upper and lower portions of the hole are still pending and the true thickness of the zone is yet to be determined. Highlights of the mineralization encountered two intervals of 24.4 meters (80 feet) of 2.0 g/t (0.058 opt) Au and 35.1 meters (115 feet) of 2.9 g/t (0.085 opt) Au. The Company is now drilling a fan of holes around RC-1732 to determine the extent of this mineralization. RC-1667 was drilled as a piezometer hole (for site hydrogeologic characterization) which encountered 21.3 meters (70 feet) of 3.1 g/t (0.090 opt) Au. The mineralization in RC-1667 is between two previous intercepts that were 90 meters (300 feet) apart. RC-1670 was designed as an in-fill hole which encountered 35.1 meters (115 feet) of 2.3 g/t (0.066 opt) Au.

Holes RC-1678 and RC-1687 were condemnation holes drilled over 365 meters (1,198 feet) northeast of the far eastern edge of the Haile mineralized corridor. Both of these holes encountered gold mineralization within hydrothermally-silicified, pyrite-molybdenite bearing metasediments. Due to the angle of the hole the actual depths were at 375 meters (1,230 feet), 387 meters (1,270 feet), and 397 meters (1,301 feet) in RC 1678. RC-1687 was drilled 85 meters (280 feet) southeast of RC1678. The two intercepts in RC-1687 were located at 335 meters (1,100 feet) and 356 meters (1,170 feet) below the surface due to the angle of the hole.

The results of these holes are summarized in the table below:

    
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           Hole          Interval         From            To          Gold
                          (meters)     (meters)      (meters)         (g/t)
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    RC-1732 -                       upper interval pending assay
    Condemnation
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        Interval            24.4         214.9         239.3           2.0
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        Interval             3.0         242.3         245.3           0.9
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        Interval             3.0         249.9         252.9           1.0
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        Interval             3.0         256.0         259.0           0.7
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        Interval             7.6         262.1         269.7           1.9
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        Interval             3.0         272.8         275.8           1.7
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        Interval            35.1         280.4         315.5           2.9
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        Interval             4.6         335.3         339.9           2.9
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                                    lower interval pending assay
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    RC-1667 -
    Hydrogeologic
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        Interval            21.3         170.7         192.0           3.1
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    RC-1670 -
    In-fill
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        Interval            35.1         211.8         246.9           2.3
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    RC-1678 -
    Condemnation
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        Interval             1.5         406.9         408.4           2.0
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        Interval             4.6         423.7         428.2           2.5
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        Interval             1.5         438.9         440.4           1.2
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    RC-1687 -
    Condemnation
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        Interval             7.6         349.0         356.6           1.2
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        Interval             3.0         378.0         381.0           7.8
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Drilling is being performed by Boart Longyear, Romarco's company owned drill, and Connors drilling (core rig). The drill samples are being assayed by Alaska Assay Labs in Fairbanks, AK. Blank samples as well as third party standards were submitted with all of the drill holes. The results of the control samples were within acceptable ranges within and adjacent to the mineralized zones. Romarco's Qualified Person under NI-43-101 is Peter J. Butterfield.

    
    About Romarco Minerals Inc.
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Romarco Minerals Inc. is a gold development company focused on production in the US and Mexico. The Company's flagship project is the Haile Gold Mine in South Carolina which is currently in the process of a feasibility study and continued exploration drilling. The Pinos Gold District in Mexico is a high grade epithermal vein district in the advanced exploration stage.

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SOURCE Romarco Minerals Inc.

For further information: For further information: Romarco Minerals Inc.: Diane Garrett, President and CEO, (210) 621-4200, dgarrett@romarco.com; Victoria Vargas, V.P., Investor Relations, (416) 367-5500, vvargas@romarco.com; Renmark Financial Communications Inc.: Dan Symons, (514) 939-3989, dsymons@renmarkfinancials.com

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