Atlanta Gold Inc. announces surface drilling program for its Atlanta Gold property


    TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - Atlanta Gold Inc. (TSX: ATG) announces the
initiation of a surface drilling program at its Atlanta Gold property
("Atlanta") in southern Idaho. The diamond core drilling program is projected
to include 22 drill holes totaling 11,000 feet of drilling. The program will
begin as soon as site conditions allow access for surveyors and drill pad
preparations. The surface drilling program is an integral part of the
Company's strategy to re-evaluate and maximize the value of Atlanta.
    The Company has focused its previous exploration work on the Atlanta
Shear Zone, which yielded most of the historic production of gold and silver
from underground workings. Based on a bankable feasibility study completed in
November 2004 by Behre, Dolbear & Company Inc., which is compliant with
National Instrument 43-101, Atlanta has 525,000 proven / probable ounces of
gold and 1,084,000 ounces of silver. Preparation of an Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS), leading to permitting of two open pit mines on the Shear
Zone, is in progress. The Company has commissioned an independent NI 43-101
qualifying report to provide an updated resource / reserve estimate at Atlanta
using prevailing gold and silver prices and expects to be able to release the
results of this report by the end of April 2007. The Company has commissioned
an independent NI 43-101 qualifying report to provide an updated resource /
reserve estimate at Atlanta using prevailing gold and silver prices and
expects to be able to release the results of this report by the end of
April 2007.
    The new 11,000 foot surface drilling program will target historic mining
areas outside the Atlanta Shear Zone, and potential extensions along the
Shear. At Atlanta, there are 35 identified historic mines off the Shear.
Previous exploration which probed some of these areas highlight potential new
targets at current gold and silver prices.
    Drilling will begin on private, patented claims. Proposed drill targets
on patented claims include Minerva, Alaska, West Extension, East Extension,
Upper Quartz, Tahoma, Hill & Davis, No. 1N and 2N Veins and Pettit Decline
    In addition to the patented claims, the Company has a total of
120 unpatented mining claims. For proposed gold and silver targets on
unpatented claims, an exploration Plan of Operations was submitted to U.S.
Forest Service on April 4, 2007, seeking approval for drilling operations.
Proposed drill targets on unpatented claims include Big Lode, Bascom, Jesse
Benton, Last Chance, Washington, Empire State, Greenback and Paymaster.
    Proposed drill targets on the patented and unpatented claims are
identified on the attached map

    Key Staff Additions

    The Company is pleased to announce the addition to its senior staff of
William L. (Bill) Josey, M.Sc. Geology, as Chief Geologist. Bill's career
spans over 30 years as a geologist in the western U.S.A. For the past
24 years, Bill has focused on gold exploration and resource modeling in Idaho
and northern Nevada. Bill will direct the overall surface exploration program
for the Company.
    The Company is also pleased to announce the engagement of Gary Peck as
Drilling Foreman. Gary is an experienced diamond driller and underground
miner. His hands-on capabilities will strengthen the exploration and
development team.

    Quality Control

    William L. (Bill) Josey will supervise the surface exploration program at
Atlanta. Diamond core drilling methods will be used and a rigorous quality
assurance and quality control program will be maintained, including certified
standards and blanks, and duplicate samples. Sample preparation and analysis
of the drill samples will be completed by an ISO certified laboratory.

    About the Company

    Atlanta Gold Inc. (TSX: ATG) holds through its 100% owned subsidiary,
Atlanta Gold Corporation, a 100% interest in the Atlanta property which
comprises 1,891 acres and is located 65 miles east of Boise, in Elmore County,
Idaho. A long history of mining makes Atlanta very suitable for the
development of new mining projects. Atlanta was historically mined from at
least 24 underground adits when the gold price was US$20 - $35 per ounce.
    The Company is focused on advancing its core asset, Atlanta, towards mine
development and production and on acquiring, exploring and developing other
attractive gold projects.

    Forward-Looking Information

    This news release contains forward-looking information and
forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws.
All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking
statements. We use words such as "may", "will", "should", "anticipate",
"plan", "expect", "believe", "estimate" and similar terminology to identify
forward looking information and statements. Such are based upon assumptions,
estimates, opinions and analysis made by management in light of its
experience, current conditions and its expectations of future developments as
well as other factors which it believes to be reasonable and relevant. Forward
looking information and statements involves known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ
materially from those expressed or implied in the forward looking information
and statements and accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on
those statements. Risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to
vary include but are not limited to the speculative nature of mineral
exploration, development and mining (including with respect to size, grade and
recoverability of mineral reserves and resources); operational and technical
difficulties; risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral
exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards;
government action or delays in the receipt of governmental approvals, permits
and licenses; changes in resource prices and fluctuations in currency exchange
rates; the Company's limited financial resources and the availability of
financing alternatives; contests to the title of Company property and changes
in general economic conditions or conditions in the financial markets; as well
as other risks and uncertainties which are more fully described in the
Company's annual Form 20-F, annual and quarterly Management's Discussion and
Analysis and in other Company filings with securities and regulatory
authorities which are available at
    Readers are cautioned that the foregoing lists of risks, uncertainties
and other factors are not exhaustive. The forward-looking statements contained
in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes
no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information or
statements contained herein or in any other documents filed with Canadian and
U.S. securities regulatory authorities, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable
securities laws.

For further information:

For further information: Bill Baird, Interim CEO, Telephone: (416)
777-0013, Fax: (416) 777-0014, E-mail:; Badshah Communications
Group Ltd., Telephone: (604) 408-7522

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