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Benton starts drilling Sally Lake and Area 41

14:45 EDT Friday, May 16, 2008

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Benton starts drilling Sally Lake and Area 41

Thunder Bay , Ontario CANADA, May 16, 2008 /FSC/ - Benton Resources Corp. (BTC - TSX Venture, BNRJF - OTCBB_Pink_Sheets), ("Benton" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that drilling has commenced on the Sally Lake and Area 41 Copper-PGM (platinum group metal) mineralized zones located on the western extent of the Company's Bermuda Property near Marathon, Ontario.

Diamond drilling at Sally Lake during the 1960s outlined a resource of 60 million tons grading 0.2% copper (Cu), 27% iron (Fe), 5% titanium (Ti), and 5% phophorus (P) (Schneider's et at, 2004; OGS OFR 6148). The reader should be cautioned that the resources and reserve estimates are historical in nature, have not been verified by the issuer's qualified person and should not be relied upon. The historic resource and surrounding area was not assayed for platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), or gold (Au) during the 1960s. Selected surface grab samples collected by Benton personnel in this area returned up to 0.06% Cu with 0.87gpt Pt + 3.05gpt Pd + 0.12gpt Au and 1.21% Cu with 1.73gpt Pt + 2.09gpt Pd + 0.18gpt Au.

In Area 41, previous drilling completed by Benton returned significant intersections of TPM (Total Precious Metal = Pt + Pd + Au) and Cu including hole SL-06-01 which returned 0.28% Cu with 1.27 gpt TPM (0.42gpt Pt + 0.74gpt Pd + 0.11gpt Au) and 0.28% Cu over 57.7m (metres) including a 24.6m intersection grading 0.35% Cu with 2.02gpt TPM (0.67gpt Pt + 1.17gpt Pd + 0.18gpt Au). All intervals reflect drill thickness (drill thickness).

Benton has 6 drill holes planned at the Sally Lake Deposit to evaluate the potential of the iron titanium along with the copper, vanadium and TPM's. An additional 5 holes will be drilled at Area 41 to better define the mineralized zone of copper and TPM's that were intersected in the 2006 drill program.

Results of the drilling will be released as they are received and compiled.

About Benton Resources Corp:

Benton Resources Corp. (the "Company") is a mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol BTC. Benton's aggressive and experienced management team is focused on base and precious group metal exploration. The Company's diverse property portfolio includes Canadian projects which are highly prospective for gold, uranium, platinum, palladium, nickel and copper. Benton Management believes due to the current market conditions the Company is extremely undervalued. The Company currently has approximately $20 million in working capital and an extremely prospective property portfolio.

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 uncertainties.

For further information, contact:

Stephen Stares
3290 Willard Ave
Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7E 6J7
Phone: (807) 475-7474
Fax: (807) 475-7200

Investor relations:

First Canadian Capital Corp.
Daniel Boase
Phone: (416) 742 5600
Toll Free: 1-866-580-8891

In U.S.A:

The Windward Agency
Kelly Boatright
Phone: (704) 588-8600

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