Bellhaven and Dominion Intersect 194 M Of 0.72% Copper, and Extend Higher Grade Mineralization at the Cerro Chorcha Copper Project

    PANAMA CITY, Jan. 8 /CNW/ -- Bellhaven Copper & Gold, Inc. (TSX-Venture:
BHV) ("Bellhaven" or the "Company") in conjunction with its joint venture
partner Dominion Minerals Corp. (OTC: EMPL) [formerly known as Empire Minerals
Corp.] is pleased to report copper, gold and silver assay results from Holes
CH-07-06 and CH-07-07 of its recently completed, 11 Hole diamond drill program
at the Cerro Chorcha porphyry copper project in the western highlands of
    Hole CH-07-06 was drilled to test the eastward continuation and Hole CH-
07-07 was drilled to test the northward continuation of both copper
mineralization and the structurally-controlled quartz-magnetite-sulphide
stockwork zones that have been observed on-surface and in previously reported
Holes.  These stockwork vein zones typically host higher grade copper-gold-
silver mineralization than what is observed within the much larger mineralized
Chorcha porphyry system.

    Highlights from Hole CH-07-06 include:

    From/To                  Length      Copper     Gold          Silver

    0 to 346 m               346 m       0.42 %     0.05 g/t      1.4 g/t
    0 to 1135 ft             1135 ft

    8 to 84 m                76 m        0.66 %     0.11 g/t      1.9 g/t
    26 to 276 ft             249 ft

    8 to 40 m                32 m        1.01 %     0.20 g/t      2.6 g/t
    26 to 131 ft             105 ft

    Highlights from Hole CH-07-07 include:

    From/To                 Length        Copper     Gold          Silver

    0 to 305.9 m            305.9 m       0.57 %     0.04 g/t      pending
    0 to 1004 ft            1004 ft

    20 to 214 m             194 m         0.72 %     0.05 g/t      pending
    66 to 702 ft            636 ft

    166 to 214 m            48 m          0.97 %     0.07 g/t      pending
    545 to 702 ft           157 ft
    Copper and silver values are by multi-acid digestion and ICP-MS analysis.
Gold values by fire assay prep and ICP-MS finish.  Analyses were performed for
CH-07-06 by ACME Labs in Vancouver and for CH-07-07 by SGS Labs in Peru.
    Hole CH-07-06 is a southeast directed -60 degree angle hole drilled from
a site approximately 110 meters northeast of Hole CH-07-03.  Hole CH-07-07 is
a northwest directed -60 degree angle hole drilled from a site approximately
120 meters east-northeast of Hole CH-07-05 and extends the higher grade
mineralized zone to a minimum of 450 meters along strike.  Hole CH-07-07 has
encountered a nearly 50 meter wide zone of quartz-magnetite-sulphide stockwork
veins and breccias that host the higher grade (+1% copper) mineralization.
This stockwork zone is similar to the style of mineralization in Holes
CH-07-01, 02, 04, 05, but differs in vein density and alteration intensity.
The true thicknesses of the mineralized stockwork zones remain unknown as they
are in a porphyry/stockwork environment.  Maps indicating the precise
locations of the drill holes can be found at
    The copper mineralization at Chorcha is commonly found at the surface,
and is known from previous and present drill results to extend to depths of at
least 500 meters.  The mineralization in Holes CH-07-06 and CH-07-07 is
associated with quartz-magnetite stockwork veins that are hosted by phyllic
altered quartz diorite/monzodiorite porphyry that crops out over large areas
within the Cerro Chorcha porphyry complex.  Holes CH-07-06 and CH-07-07, as
well as all previous assayed Holes, have bottomed in porphyry-style copper
    This news release has been prepared under the supervision of Michael D.
Druecker, Ph.D., P.Geo. who serves as the Qualified Person for this project
under National Instrument 43-101.  Sample protocol used at the project
includes standards, duplicates and blanks for each sample shipment.  A map and
section showing the location of all drill holes is available at the company's
website at
    Bellhaven Copper & Gold Inc. is a Panama-based mineral exploration
company with a portfolio of gold and copper properties in the Republic of
Panama. The company has issued 20,793,151 shares and has no debt. For more
information, please visit the web site at or call Miguel
Villahermosa at toll free 1-866-599-5930.

    On behalf of the board of directors,

    Julio C. Benedetti, President, CEO

    Pini Althaus, President, CEO
    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

For further information:

For further information: Julio Benedetti, +1-507-226-3967, or Investor 
Relations, Miguel Villahermosa, +1-866-599-5930, both of Bellhaven Copper & 
Gold, Inc. Web Site:

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