Great Basin Resource Watch Withdraws Appeal Against the Renewal of the Hollister Water Pollution Control Permit

    VANCOUVER, May 19 /CNW/ - Great Basin Gold Ltd, ("Great Basin" or the
"Company"), (TSX: GBG; NYSE Amex:   GBG; JSE: GBG) announces that Great Basin
Resource Watch ("GBRW") has withdrawn its appeal against the renewal of the
Water Pollution Control Permit, effective November 28, 2008, that authorizes
Rodeo Creek Gold Inc ("RCG"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Basin Gold,
to produce and process, off site, up to 275,000 tons of ore per year. This
Large Scale mining facility permit is granted for a period of 5 years and is
    GBRW initially filed an appeal with the Nevada State Environmental
Commission challenging NDEP's issuance of the Water Pollution Control Permit.
However, after engaging in discussions with RCG's environmental personnel, a
way forward was agreed upon by both parties to address GBRW's concerns and
GBRW elected to dismiss the appeal. RCG will install a cluster of piezometers
and wells downgradient of the current waste rock storage facility at the
Hollister Project. This waste rock facility, the first lined waste rock dump
in Nevada, is constructed on a historically disturbed mining area. The
piezometers and wells will monitor the water quality in and around the waste
rock facility. These measures will ultimately form an integral part of the
monitoring data and mitigation that will be evaluated in the Environmental
Impact Statement that BLM will prepare for the Hollister Project.
    President and CEO Ferdi Dippenaar commented, "We were committed from the
outset to find an amicable solution in this matter and are extremely pleased
that this has been achieved. We view the protection of the waters of Nevada of
utmost importance, not only from a compliance point of view, but also because
it's the right thing to do. We are looking forward to further cooperation with
Great Basin Resource Watch and all relevant authorities to advance this goal."

    Ferdi Dippenaar
    President and CEO

             No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved
               the information contained in this news release.

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    This release includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than
statements of historical facts, that address possible future commercial
production, reserve potential, exploration drilling results, development,
feasibility or exploitation activities and events or developments that Great
Basin expects to occur are forward-looking statements. Although the Company
believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are
based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future
performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from
those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include
market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, and continued
availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or
business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not
guarantees of future performance and those actual results or developments may
differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For
more information on the Company, Investors should review the Company's annual
Form 40-F filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and
its home jurisdiction filings that are available at

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