Benton hits high grade gold on optioned property from Golden Harp

    TSX-V: BTC

    THUNDER BAY, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - Benton Resources Corp (BTC: TSX.V,
"Benton" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that it has received results
for drill holes GH09-02 and GH09-03 of a seven hole, 1625 metre drilling
program recently completed on the Golden Harp Block A option located 30 km
west of Gowganda, Ontario. The purpose of the drill program was to verify gold
mineralization intersected in historic drilling on the Cook Zone as well as to
test the continuity of the mineralization at depth and on strike. The Company
is awaiting several in-fill samples from drill hole GH09-01 that should be
received shortly. Most encouraging to date is hole GH09-02 which intersected
several parallel zones of gold mineralization including a down hole intercept
of 5.5 metres grading 11.9gpt. Drill hole GH09-03 was drilled below GH09-02
and cut two zones of gold mineralization, the deepest of which appears to have
been displaced by a late gabbroic intrusion. Drill hole GH09-03 will be
deepened in the next drill program in an attempt to drill through the gabbro
body. In addition to the diamond drill program, a surface exploration program
is well underway with a 41 km grid established and ground geophysics
(magnetics and induced polarization) and soil sampling in progress is to be
followed by prospecting and geological mapping. The new grid extends southeast
from the Cook Zone through to the MC Zone discovered by Golden Harp in 2008.
The MC Zone, located 1.3 kilometres east-southeast of the Cook Zone, is hosted
in a thick package of pyritic, green carbonate, albite and hematite altered
ultramafic and mafic volcanic rocks. To date five holes have tested the MC
Zone over a strike length of 220m. All holes intersected widespread anomalous
gold mineralization with some of the better down hole mineralized intervals
returning 44.0m of 0.89 gpt Au (including 2.0m of 4.01 gpt Au) from hole
GH-025 and 9.0m of 3.6 gpt Au (including 2.0m grading 14.29 gpt Au) from hole
GH-019. The results of the current exploration program will be followed up by
a second phase diamond drill program after the current ground work program is
completed and compiled. Benton is earning up to a 70% interest in the project
by spending $3.0 million on exploration along with issuing cash and shares
(Benton P.R March 12, 2009). Benton is encouraged by the initial assays and
awaits the results from the remaining five drill holes.

    Table of assay composites for the first holes received is as follows:

          DDH       From (m)        To (m)    Length (m)(xx)   Au (gpt)
      GH09-02         114.7         117.7           3.0           2.40
                      130.4         135.9           5.5          11.97
                      152.0         157.3           5.3           3.04
      GH09-03(*)      138.3         139.8           1.5           2.79
                      217.6         220.1           2.5           2.50

    (*)  DDH GH09-03 to be deepened
    (xx) Length is down hole length

    The Company also wishes to announce that in the Marathon area, a second
phase diamond drilling program has recently started on the Goodchild Ni-Cu
property to drill test previously untested VTEM anomalies. The program is
funded by Benton's joint venture (J.V.) partner Stillwater Mining Corp
("Stillwater"). Benton has, subject to regulatory approval, granted Stillwater
a two month extension to September 10, 2009 to the warrant exercise term of
the Series B Warrant issued to Stillwater in July, 2007. Pursuant to the
Series B Warrant Stillwater has the right to subscribe for that number of
common shares of the Company determined by dividing $2,400,000 by the number
which is equal to 150% of the 20 day volume weighted average price (VWAP) on
the Series B Warrant expiry date. The extension is to allow Stillwater time to
review all the data collected to date on the property including the results of
the current diamond drill program.
    Benton currently has approximately $13.5 million in cash, owns a 34.3%
interest in Coro Mining Corp (TSX.COP), holds an approximate 5% interest in
Marathon PGM Corp (TSX.MAR) and retains a 2% Net Smelter Royalty on the
northern portion of the Marathon PGM deposit.

    Clinton Barr (P.Geo.), V.P. Exploration for Benton Resources Corp., is
the qualified person responsible for this release.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benton Resources Corp.,

    "Stephen Stares"
    Stephen Stares, President


    Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe
harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform act of 1995.
Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and

For further information:

For further information: Stephen Stares @: 611 Montreal Street, Thunder
Bay, ON, P7E 3P2, Phone (807) 475-7474, Fax (807) 475-7200,; Investor relations: In Canada: First Canadian
Capital, Daniel Boase, Phone (416) 742-5600, Fax (416) 742-6410

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