Trigon's Intercontinental Potash Corp. Provides Update of Operations


    GOLDEN (DENVER), CO, April 1 /CNW/ - Mr. Sidney Himmel, President and CEO
of Trigon Uranium Corp. (TSX-V: TEL; "Trigon"), and President and CEO of
Intercontinental Potash Corp. ("ICP", "Intercontinental Potash" or the
"Company"), is pleased to provide an update regarding ICP.
    During the first quarter of 2009, ICP has been very active in multiple
areas including:

    (1) Planning the late second Quarter drilling program for the Ochoa
        Polyhalite project in Lea County, New Mexico; including arrangements
        with contractors, applications for additional prospecting permits
        located east of the present property boundary, and negotiations
        regarding access rights with the surface holders.

    (2) Carrying out initial analysis regarding polyhalite mineral ore
        processing; including studying the treatment of ore to produce
        directly pure polyhalite, and the possibility of producing additional
        potassium fertilizer minerals for which there are established

    (3) Carrying out marketing studies including researching historical
        international agronomy work done on the use of polyhalite as a
        fertilizer mineral, and establishing international marketing
        relationships for polyhalite as a potash fertilizer mineral.

    (4) Adding to staffing including senior potash engineering and
        administrative capabilities.

    Trigon owns 37% of ICP. The strategy of ICP is to explore and develop
potassium fertilizer minerals in the Southwest United States; with particular
emphasis on polyhalite. ICP's development concept for polyhalite is based on
its characteristics as a potash and multinutrient fertilizer. Polyhalite is a
potash mineral which contains four essential plant macronutrients: potassium,
sulphate, magnesium and calcium. Polyhalite should be acceptable as an organic
food production input. In addition, polyhalite is a non-chloride fertilizer
with slow release characteristics.

    Drilling Program and Related Activities:

    The Company has been active year to date planning and preparing for the
upcoming polyhalite drilling program in New Mexico. The drilling program on
the Ochoa property is anticipated to commence during the later portion of the
second quarter. Historical information has been acquired from oil and gas logs
and past government drilling programs focusing on potassium resources. ICP has
been able to acquire drill cuttings from previous drilling in the area. This
material is being analyzed to determine regional ore qualities and
statigraphic relationships. Historical core from drilling in the locale of the
Ochoa project may be available. If obtained, the core will be geologically and
chemically analyzed to assist in the evaluation of the nature of polyhalite
disposition, rock mechanics, and processing.
    Sean Muller B.A. M.S., a seasoned geologist with over 35 years of
exploration, permitting, and mine development experience, is finalizing
commitments with drilling, construction, geophysical logging, and other
contractors for the drilling program. The Company has been conducting related
analysis, planning, and quality assurance and control procedures for the New
Mexico Delaware Basin Ochoa polyhalite drilling program. ICP is negotiating
land access agreements and protection agreements with the holders of surface
rights in Lea County. Such access is required to build drilling pads on
locations, establish water access and roads for the transportation of
    As described in the press release of January 14, 2009, the large number
of drill holes in the area of interest provides geophysical logs which have
been used to infer the presence of polyhalite mineralization in the Tamarisk
member of the Rustler Formation. Exploration drilling by ICP will be necessary
in order to provide core that can be examined and sampled directly. Physical
examination of drill core will allow accurate measurement of the thickness of
the polyhalite unit. Correlation between drill holes, and comparison with the
geophysical log data will permit assessment of the continuity of polyhalite
    The isopach map of the polyhalite unit, as derived from geophysical well
log data indicates that it is of a thickness averaging 8 ft or 2.4 m that may
be mineable by conventional underground mining methods. It should be noted
that there are no current resources in accordance with National Instrument
43-101 standards. See "Independent Technical Report on the Ochoa Polyhalite
Project, New Mexico", November 2008, Micon International Limited, which has
been filed on SEDAR ( and is also available on the web site of
the Company ( or
    ICP has recently applied to the Bureau of Land Management for additional
prospecting permits for potassium mineral exploration and development permits.
The location of these permits is east of the current eastern boundary of the
Ochoa project where a thickening trend appears to occur based on various
geophysical logs. Currently, the Ochoa project includes federal prospecting
permits and drilling permits covering an area of 36,980 acres or 59 square
miles. Should the new permit applications be accepted by the Bureau of Land
Management, ICP intends to extend the drilling program towards the east.

    Analytical Work Regarding Polyhalite Mineral Ore Processing and

    The rich combination of fertilizer salts contained within the polyhalite
mineral indicates that it is possible, that in addition to direct application,
the mineral may be processed into other fertilizer products; such as potassium
sulphate or magnesium sulphate for which are there established international
markets. Recently acquired polyhalite samples are being utilized to establish
the basic parameters of mineral processing. Studies in these regards are under
way with the assistance of Mr. Randy Foote, an experienced potash engineer who
has recently joined the company. ICP is also carrying out a program to
establish international polyhalite marketing relationships. The company
believes that the countries where polyhalite may best be suited as a slow
release multinutrient mineral would include China, India, and Brazil. The
non-chloride sulphate potash markets would include most agricultural countries
of the word including the United States.
    Agricultural greenhouse research testing performed at Colorado State
University (CSU), by agronomist Dr. Ken Barbarick, has demonstrated that
polyhalite may be an effective source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and
sulfur as plant fertilizer nutrients. These studies are provided on the web
site of the company. The chemical formula for polyhalite is K2SO4 MgSO4 2CaSO4
2H2O. The percentage weights of the fertilizer elements are K2O 15.66%,
Sulphur 21.27%, Magnesium, 4.03%, and Calcium 13.29%. The results of this
study were released in 1989 and 1991 papers. The experiments demonstrated that
finely ground Polyhalite showed excellent liberation of potassium, magnesium,
calcium, and sulphur for plant uptake.
    ICP has recently obtained agronomy research reports regarding studies
performed in Poland from the mid-1960's to the mid 1970's using polyhalite
from Polish salt mines. These studies were done for the purpose of examining
the use of polyhalite as a fertilizer mineral for ryegrass, barley, buckwheat,
oats, tobacco and other commercial crops. These studies concluded positively
on the use of polyhalite as a fertilizer nutrient. Translations of these
papers will be posted on the web site upon completion of translations. In
addition, ICP has found Asian studies documenting the use of polyhalite as a
fertilizer on acidic soils that had significant loss of fertilizer nutrients
due to leaching. Such soils should be ideal a market for slow release
multinutrient fertilizer, such as polyhalite. ICP is in the process of
determining whether reports of these studies are available. ICP is currently
establishing relationships with international fertilizer product marketing
companies who would have an interest in testing polyhalite in field
agricultural conditions once sufficient product is available.

    Operational and Administrative Staffing:

    Ms. Patricia Nicol has been appointed as Senior Vice President. In this
capacity her responsibilities will include the identification and development
of strategic opportunities, risk assessment, business strategy, corporate
development and the development and maintenance of relationships with business
partners including suppliers, regulators, and other stakeholders. Ms. Nicol
has a business development and operations background.
    Mr. Kevin Strong, CGA, CIM is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice
President of Administration. Mr. Strong has a degree in commerce and actuarial
science and is a Certified General Accountant. From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Strong
was the Manager of the Winnipeg Office of the TSX Venture Exchange. In his new
role as Vice President, he will be responsible for all administration
including human resources.
    Mr. Randy Foote B.Sc., mining engineer, has joined the company as Vice
President, Business Development. Mr. Foote has 27 years experience in the
potash industry. His previous work experience includes work for Mississippi
Chemical Corporation, and more recently Intrepid Potash. At Mississippi
Chemical he was initially appointed as General Mine Superintendent in 1981. He
was subsequently promoted to General Manager in which position he was
responsible for all the activities at the Carlsbad potash mining location
including mine production and mineral processing. In 1997 he was promoted to
Vice President and General Manager responsible for two mines and three surface
operations mining over 5,000,000 tons of ore per year. On April 1, 2004, the
New Mexico potash facilities of Mississippi Chemical were sold to Intrepid
Mining. Mr. Foote was retained in the same capacity as General Manager. Mr.
Foote will provide strategic advice and analysis in the areas of business
growth, potash development, technical operational development, and mineral
processing. He will also provide input regarding market development. Mr. Foote
is also experienced in Uranium mining working as a Project Engineer and later
as Mine Superintendent on Site for United Nuclear Corporation. Most recently,
he held the position of Director of New Mexico Operations for Uranium
Resources Inc.
    Mr. Sean Muller B.A. M.Sc. is responsible for the efficacy of the
polyhalite drilling program and for regional geological planning. Sean's
duties include exploration and development planning, mineral processing
analysis, quality and assurance control, and research and study of historical
data. Marc Melker, an experienced geologist has joined ICP as Senior Resource
Geologist. Susan Wager, an experienced sedimentary geologist, continues
working in the technical analysis of geological and geophysical data regarding
polyhalite exploration and development. Susan and Marc report to Mr. Muller.

    Other Matters:

    Trigon holds a 37% interest in Intercontinental Potash through its
ownership of fifteen million (15,000,000) shares of IPC. ICP has 40,800,001
shares outstanding. On September 16, 2008, it was announced that Trigon was
awarded an extension of the option by ICP to acquire sufficient common shares
in IPC so as to maintain its original 50% interest. The cost of exercising the
option would have been $5,000,000. The option expired on March 21, 2009 as
under current market conditions Trigon was unable without serious dilution to
raise that amount of funds at a price considered acceptable by the Board of
Directors. Therefore Trigon continues to holds 37% of ICP.
    The geological aspects of this press release were reviewed by Sean
Muller, P. Geo., and a Qualified Person under NI43-101. Mr. Muller is an
independent contractor.

    About Trigon Uranium Corp. and Intercontinental Potash Corp.

    Trigon Uranium Corp. is a uranium exploration and development company
focused on deposits in the western and southwestern United States, with
operations based in its Golden, Colorado office. Intercontinental Potash Corp.
is a private company with 37% ownership by Trigon and is involved in the
acquisition, exploration, and development of potash and potash-related mineral
lands in the United States Southwest with particular emphasis on polyhalite, a
multinutrient potash mineral. The shares of Trigon trade on the TSX Venture
Exchange under the symbol "TEL".
    Should you wish to receive news regarding Trigon Uranium Corp. or
Intercontinental Potash Corp. please e-mail

    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 of accuracy of this release. 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 future developments that Trigon expects to occur are forward-looking
statements. Although Trigon 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 condition. Investors are cautioned that
any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual
results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the
forward looking-statements.

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For further information:

For further information: please visit or or contact: Trigon Uranium Corp., Sidney
Himmel, President and CEO, Golden, Colorado, T: (303) 216-2916

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