Softrock files Alberta Potash Permits


    CALGARY, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - The Honourable Nick Taylor, president and CEO of
Softrock Minerals Ltd (SFT on the TSX-V) announces that Softrock has applied
and been granted 100% interest in three Alberta Government Metallic and
Industrial Minerals Permits in Northern Alberta.
    The Permits, totalling 26,880 hectares (66,420 ac) were taken for Potash
possibilities following the company's sub-surface geological mapping which
indicated that the Lower Elk Point basin in Saskatchewan, containing all of
Saskatchewan's potash mines, both solution and underground extraction, could
be extended along a trend northwestward into Northern Alberta.
    The three permits are separate. One lying forty (40) km north of Grande
Prairie, another fifty (50) km northeast of Peace River town, and the third,
two hundred and fifty (250) km west of Fort MacMurray.
    The geological formation containing the potash beds existing in the Elk
Point basin of Saskatchewan appear at the same depth in the area of Softrock's
Alberta permits as evidenced by a number of non-producing oil tests in the
area that did not core the prospective potash zone.
    The company plans geophysical work and possible core holes as normal
oilwell drilling rarely shows potash or salt in samples because of its

    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
    or accuracy of this news release

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