Bellhaven Copper & Gold & Empire Minerals Begin Drill Program at the Cerro Chorcha Copper Property in Panama

    PANAMA CITY, June 11 /CNW/ -- Bellhaven Copper & Gold, Inc. (TSX-Venture:
BHV) ("Bellhaven" or the "Company") in conjunction with its joint venture
partner Empire Minerals Corp. (OTC: EMPL) is pleased to announce that it has
begun drilling at the Cerro Chorcha Copper Property in Panama. This 3,300 
meter phase one drill program will test high-grade copper-gold-silver
mineralization associated with the structurally-controlled quartz-magnetite
stock-work within and to the west of the main porphyry copper deposit. 
Additionally, the drill program will test for extensions of the existing
    Julio Benedetti, Bellhaven's President and CEO had this to say:
    "In light of the field work which has been carried out on the property
over the course of the last several months, and the historic drill results, we
are highly enthusiastic about the prospects at Cerro Chorcha.  This phase one
drill program will greatly increase our understanding of this highly
prospective resource and bring us one step closer to uncovering the potential
of the property."
    The phase one drill program at Cerro Chorcha will be carried out by Cabo
Drilling Corp. and is designed to provide infilling and expansion of the
previous 35 diamond drill holes drilled in the 1990's that totalled 7,036m and
defined excellent copper mineralization which remains open to the North and
Southwest. The majority of these drill holes terminated in copper
    Additionally, several of the previous drill holes intersected significant
high-grade sections which may be related to quartz-magnetite stock-work zones
observed and sampled at surface.
    Significant drill results from the previous drilling include:

    Drill Hole   From   To  Interval  Copper(%)  Gold(g/t)   Including
    G94-1        3.0   93.9   90.9     0.65       0.07     Bottomed in
    G94-1A       6.0  301.0  295.0     0.51       0.03     Bottomed in
    G94-2        1.5   47.9   46.4     0.82       0.08
    G94-2A       6.0  191.0  185.0     0.55       0.07     Bottomed in
    G94-3        2.0  241.0  239.0     0.66       0.05     Bottomed in
    G95-8        7.6  253.0  245.4     0.53       0.17     0.99% Cu from
                                                            41.0 to 99.0m
    G95-9        4.6  277.8  273.2     0.60       0.13     1.64% Cu from
                                                            103.0 to 125.0m
    G95-10       9.1  318.2  309.1     0.78       0.07     2.67% Cu from
                                                            97.0 to 126.0m
    G95-15       3.0  210.3  207.3     0.59       0.01     0.83% Cu from
                                                            3.0 to 90.0m,
                                                            1.04% Cu from
                                                            148.0 to 175m
    G95-16       3.0  167.0  164.0     0.63       0.03     0.78% Cu from
                                                            9.0 to 90.0m
    G95-19      13.7  335.0  321.3     0.66       0.15     1.16% Cu from
                                                            31.0 to 44.1m
    G95-21       8.0  365.0  357.0     0.54       0.08     1.48% Cu from
                                                            88.0 to 112.0m
    G95-25       2.7  524.6  521.9     0.36       0.03     1.01% Cu, 0.27
                                                            g/t Au from
                                                            2.7 to 42.0m
    C98-29      56    271.9  215.9     0.34       0.05     1.09% Cu, 0.64
                                                            g/t Au from
                                                            264.0 to
                                                            End of Hole

    *All units of length are meters

    Michael D. Druecker, Ph.D., P.Geo. is the Independent Qualified Person as
    defined by National Instrument 43-101 responsible for ensuring that the
    geological information in this release is accurate.

    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

    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 C. Benedetti, President of Bellhaven
Copper  & Gold, Inc., +11 507 226.3967, or Investor Relations, Miguel
Villahermosa,  1-866-599-5930, for Bellhaven Copper & Gold, Inc. Web Site:

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