Noront Resources Ltd. reports updated assays for Eagle's Nest deposit at
McFaulds Lake

TORONTO, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - Noront Resources Ltd. ("Noront" or the "Company") (TSX Venture: NOT) is pleased to report updated assay results, which now include platinum and palladium assays, which were incomplete from the press release issued October 15, 2009. The updated assays are from the Company's Eagle's Nest deposit at the McFaulds Lake Property located within the Ring of Fire mineral district in the James Bay Lowlands. The results are from the ongoing drilling targeted at extending the limits of 1B and 1C lenses discovered in August 2009. Drilling to date suggests that the Eagle 1B and 1C lenses may be a single unit with a current defined vertical length of over 700 metres.

Nine holes intersecting the Eagle's Nest mineralization are being reported herein. Eight of the holes intersected significant assay results and one hole intersected minor mineralization.


    -   Hole No. NOT-09-68 intersected 49.5metres (672.4-721.9m) averaging
        2.22% Ni, 0.74% Cu, 1.26gpt Pt and 3.68gpt Pd
        -  Including 5.5metres(716.4-721.9m) averaging 7.49 % Ni, 0.95% Cu,

    -   Hole No. NOT-09-63 intersected 14 metres (517.6-531.6m) averaging
        2.92% Ni,1.14% Cu, 1.05gpt Pt and 5.21gpt Pd
        -  Including 3.4 metres (526.9-530.3m) averaging 7.28 % Ni, 1.71% Cu,
           0.06gpt Pt and 6.43gpt Pd

    -   Hole No. NOT-09-67 intersected 101 metres (530.7-631.72m) averaging
        1.75% Ni, 1.07% Cu, 0.86gpt Pt and 2.71gpt Pd

All of the drill results reported herein, have contributed to the expansion of the mineralization limits of Eagle1B and 1C, most significantly, the area between the two lenses. Based on the continuity of the mineralization, it now appears that there is a single mineralized unit rather than two lenses.

Noront's President and CEO, Wes Hanson, states: "We are extremely encouraged by our latest drilling at Eagle's Nest which has increased the dimensions of the initial B and C lenses (now joined) and continues to demonstrate additional potential at depth. Over the next six months, our focus will be on continued drilling at Eagle's Nest with the immediate objective of tracing the mineralization further to depth and upgrading a significant portion of the deposit to measured and indicated resources."

Assays for platinum and palladium are incomplete at the time of publishing of this press release but will be released as soon as they have been received and approved.

The following table summarizes the results of the twelve holes disclosed herein:

    HOLE ID     FROM    TO     INT.  MINERALIZATION   Ni    Cu    Pt    Pd
                 (m)    (m)    (m)        TYPE         %     %   g/t    g/t
    Eagle 1B
    NOT-09-59   507.3  514.1    6.8      Massive     6.51  5.51  2.44  11.84
     61            Holes stopped due to excessive deviation at collar
    NOT-09-62                 No Significant Mineralization
    NOT-09-63   517.6  531.6   14.0   Net-Textured,  2.92  1.14  1.05   5.21
    Including   525.9  530.4    3.4      Massive     7.28  1.71  0.06   6.43
    NOT-09-65   504.7  541.7   37.0   Net-Textured   1.23  0.39  0.68    1.8
    NOT-09-66   584.0  633.4   49.4   Net-Textured   2.03  1.50  0.76   2.99
    NOT-09-67   530.7  631.7  101.0   Net-Textured   1.75  1.07  0.86   2.71
    NOT-09-68   672.4  721.9   49.5   Net-textured,  2.22  0.74  1.26   3.68
    Including   716.4  721.9    5.5      Massive     7.49  0.95  0.23  10.28
    Eagle 1C
     W2           Drill rods stuck in hole prior to entering target area
     W3           841  856.4   15.4   Net-Textured   1.03  0.24  0.52   2.95
     W4           783    842     59   Net-Textured   1.73  0.81  1.08   4.08

The mineralized intervals do not represent true widths, which cannot be determined at this time.

Please refer to Noront's website to view a surface plan (please view showing the location of the drill hole collars and a horizontal trace of their paths. Also on the Noront website is a longitudinal section (please view showing the pierce points and traces of the mineralized intersections through the Eagle's Nest and the projected outline of the mineralization zones. For further information on the Eagle's Nest deposit, please refer to the Company's NI 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects compliant technical report "Technical Report and Preliminary Economic Assessment on the Eagle One Deposit, Double Eagle Property, McFaulds Lake Area, James Bay Lowlands, Ontario" (effective: October 20, 2008)" available on the Company's website and at

Jeremy Niemi, Noront's Vice President Geology notes; "These are extremely exciting times for the Noront exploration team. We have expanded the vertical extents of both the 1B and 1C lenses removing the gap between the two and are now defining the extents along strike and at depth. We have also added a fifth drill which will allow us to increase the rate at which we test the vertical extents of the mineralization."

    Exploration Update:

Currently five drills are active and all are testing the dimensions of the Eagle's Nest lenses. Three of the drills are testing the mineralized areas down to a vertical depth of 1,000 metres and the fourth and fifth drills are defining the lower extents of the mineralization to a depth of 1,500 metres.

An extensive review of all historical geophysical work conducted on the McFaulds Lake property is currently underway with the intention of developing additional highly prospective targets for the upcoming winter exploration campaign. The winter campaign remains focused on defining the extents of the Eagle's Nest, but the Company will also continue to test strong regional targets.

Earlier this summer Noront drilled two holes at targets close to the UC/Spider/KWG property boundary, approximately 15 kilometres to the west of Eagle's Nest. Results revealed no significant mineralization in holes NOT-09-1G123 and NOT-09-1G127 and there are currently no plans to conduct additional work in this area.


A thorough quality control program has been in effect for the Eagle's Nest project which includes grouping samples into batches of 35 into which are added 2 certified reference material standards, 2 field and pulp duplicates also form part of the QC program. It can be said with confidence that all assays are reported in this Press Release have passed the strict quality control guidelines as set out by Noront's independent Qualified Person ("IQP").

All samples reported upon herein were completed by Activation Labs (Actlabs) of Ancaster, Ontario. The samples submitted to Actlabs were analyzed for multi-elements, including Ni and Cu using a four acid digestion and by ICP analysis. The samples that received base metal values greater than the upper limit for the method underwent further analysis using ICP-OES. For the Au, Pd and Pt, the assay methodology was Fire Assay on a 30 gram aliquot with an ICP finish. Silver was analyzed using a 3-acid digest with an ICP analysis. For more information on assay methodology please visit the Activation Laboratories Ltd. Website at

Preparation of drilling results in this press release has been supervised by Noront's senior management including Jeremy Niemi, P.Geo. Vice President, Geology, who is a Qualified Person under Canadian Securities Administrators guidelines. At the current stage of exploration there is insufficient drilling to determine the extent of continuity of the mineralization required to define a mineral resource for all mineralization at the Eagle's Nest. Noront anticipates delivering an updated mineral resource in second half of 2010.

About Noront:

Noront Resources Ltd. is focused on its significant and multiple, high-grade nickel-copper-platinum-palladium, chromite and vanadium discoveries in an area known as the "Ring of Fire", an emerging multi-metals district located in the James Bay Lowlands of Ontario, Canada. Noront is the dominant land holder at the Ring of Fire and continues to delineate and prove up its discoveries with NI 43-101 technical and economic reports and an aggressive and well financed drill plan for the remainder of 2009 and 2010. All material information on Noront can be found on the Company's website at or at SEDAR at

    Wesley (Wes) Hanson
    Chief Executive Officer
    NORONT Resources Ltd.


This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, including predictions, projections and forecasts. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including such things as future business strategy, competitive strengths, goals, expansion, growth of the Company's businesses, operations, plans and with respect to exploration results, the timing and success of exploration activities generally, permitting time lines, government regulation of exploration and mining operations, environmental risks, title disputes or claims, limitations on insurance coverage, timing and possible outcome of any pending litigation and timing and results of future resource estimates or future economic studies.

Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "planning", "planned", "expects" or "looking forward", "does not expect", "continues", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "potential", "anticipates", "does not anticipate", or "belief", or describes a "goal", or variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved.

Forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions, including, the result of drilling and exploration activities, that contracted parties provide goods and/or services on the agreed timeframes, that equipment necessary for exploration is available as scheduled and does not incur unforeseen break downs, that no labour shortages or delays are incurred, that plant and equipment function as specified, that no unusual geological or technical problems occur, and that laboratory and other related services are available and perform as contracted. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, future events, conditions, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, prediction, projection, forecast, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the interpretation and actual results of current exploration activities; changes in project parametres as plans continue to be refined; future prices of gold; possible variations in grade or recovery rates; failure of equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; the failure of contracted parties to perform; labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of exploration, as well as those factors disclosed in the company's publicly filed documents. Although Noront has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

    Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as
    that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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For further information: For further information: Joanne Jobin, Vice President Corporate Communications at (416) 367-1444 ext 126, or visit Noront's website at:

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