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Premium Exploration Completes District-Wide Structural Study and Reports Final 2011 Exploration Results

April 24, 2012

April 23rd, 2012, Vancouver, British Columbia: Premium Exploration Inc. (TSX-V:PEM, OTCQX:PMMEF) (”Premium” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has completed a district-wide structural report on the Idaho Gold Project.  In addition, the Company reports assays from the final three, 2011 reconnaissance core holes, and surface grab sample results from the recently acquired Deadwood Patented claims located along the 180 km2 Idaho Gold Project (“IGP”).

Results of the completed structural study on the exploration drill-holes in the Deadwood Zone, and definition drill-holes from the Friday Zone, has confirmed strong structural control on at least 12 km of the 30 km long gold mineralized system on the Idaho Gold Project.

Premium is currently preparing the 2012 drill program to complete the15,000 metre balance of the Phase-Four Exploration program. The structural mapping of the drill-holes correlates to geophysical and gold-in-soil anomalies and has guided the selection of the priority drill targets for 2012.

Key Drill Results:

SD2011-1:  0.25 g/tAu over 13.6m within
0.14 g/t Au over 113.4 m
SD2011-2:  0.12 g/t Au over 10.1 m as well as
1.64 g/t Au over 0.9 m
SD2011-3:  3.38 g/t Au over 0.9

 

Surface Grab Sample Results:

Sample #   Au g/t     Sample #   Au g/t
151010 31.34   151016 0.15
151011 18.12   151017 41.86
151012 16.88   151018 1.92
151013 18.43   151019 0.35
151014 1.34   151020 1.21

 

Key Points

  • All three holes intercepted anomalous gold mineralization consistent with bulk-tonnage style mineralization, identified the 9th gold zone along the IGP, and continue to confirm Premium’s geological model for at least 12 km of the 30 km IGP.
  • Drilling targeted a 400 metre portion of the 12 km gold-in-soil anomaly that trends through the Deadwood and Buffalo Gulch Zones and correlates with the 30 km Orogrande Shear structure.
  • Deadwood drill-holes exhibit similar geology, structure, alteration, and sulphide mineralisation characteristic of the Friday Zone which hosts the Friday-Petsite deposit located 12 km to the south.
  • Future drilling will focus on the result of a detailed structural study to outline the size and geometry of the potential mineralised system on both the bulk-tonnage and quartz vein targets throughout the IGP.
  • Surface grab sampling returned results consistent with the bulk-tonnage target as well as high-grade results up to 41.86 g/t Au associated with a recently discovered, non-drill tested, quartz vein swarm located immediately west of the drill-holes reported in this release.
  • Premium continues to encounter anomalous gold mineralisation in 99.9% of all its drilling; all mineralised zones are linked by the 30 km geophysical anomaly with co-incident 16 km gold-in-soil anomalies.

Drill Summary: 

SD2011-1, 2, & 3 were spaced along 400 m of strike length on the north-south trending Orogrande Sheer Zone structure.  All three holes were drilled in either an east or west direction with a 50-60 degree dip to a maximum down-hole depth of 370 metres.  The Orogrande Shear Zone is characterised by structurally controlled sulphide gold mineralization and is interpreted to be steeply dipping with widths up to 1.0 kilometre.  The results confirm the lateral and vertical continuity of the Orogrande Shear structure.

The Orogrande Shear Zone is comprised of hydrothermally altered granites, gneisses, and schists carrying abundant sericite, clay and pyrite.  These observations along with coincident geophysics and gold-in-soils have helped focus the Phase-Four drill plan and provide priority drill targets.

The anomalous gold mineralization in the first-pass drilling may suggest proximity to a zone of higher grade material similar to early drilling on the Friday-Petsite deposit where drilling first encountered a zone of anomalous low grade mineralization which upon further drilling and understanding of the geology was determined to be an envelope surrounding a zone of higher grade mineralization.

These three drill-holes are the final holes drilled in 2011. 10,888 meters of the 25,000 metre Phase-Four Program was completed in 2011, the balance of which is anticipated to be completed in 2012.

Drill-Hole

Zone

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

Au g/t

SD2011-1

Deadwood

167.8

181.4

13.6

0.25

 

within

75.3

188.7

113.4

0.14

SD2011-2

Deadwood

257.3

267.3

10.1

0.12

 

as well as

426.1

427.0

0.9

1.64

SD2011-3

Deadwood

62.5

63.4

0.9

3.38

*The gold grade calculation is a weighted mean with no top cut and no bottom cut. The grade calculation includes internal waste and low grade sections. True Widths are unknown at this time.

 
Deadwood Plan Map – Drill and Sampling Results

Grab Sapling Summary:

Grab sampling results reported in this release is follow up on previous results returning up to 54 g/t Au that revealed an east-west high grade cross-cutting quartz vein swarm intersecting an interpreted north-south trending envelope of disseminated low-grade gold mineralization within the Deadwood Patented Claims reported October 12, 2011.  This ongoing exploration is an effort to define and tie the quartz veins together along strike. Grab sampling and mapping of the quartz vein swarm will help guide drilling planned for 2012.

The newly discovered east-west quartz vein swarm has never been drilled tested.  Future drilling will be oriented in a north-south direction to test the width of the vein system where it intersects the north-south oriented Orogrande Sheer Zone.  Drilling will also be conducted along strike and depth of the veins to the west of the main OSZ structure to test for lateral continuity.

The cross-cutting quartz vein system is interpreted to be a dilatant zone where gold deposition is typically enhanced in both size and grade potentially upgrading low grade bulk tonnage style mineralization.

Quartz veins mapped are up to 1 metre in thickness may potentially have over a kilometer of strike length.

Grab samples were taken from multiple quartz veins and surrounding sheared and altered country rock with up to 5% pyrite occurring as disseminated and in veinlets.

Qualified Person

The Phase-Four exploration program is being directed by Michael Ostenson, P.Geo., VP Exploration of Premium Exploration Inc.  Mr. Ostenson is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Ostenson prepared, and approves of the content in this release.

About Premium Exploration Inc.

Premium is focused on gold exploration at its district-sized land package along the Orogrande Shear Zone (the “OSZ”) in North-Central Idaho, USA.  The OSZ is a 30+ km regionally significant trending structure with multiple know zones of gold mineralization and, similar to many large gold belts, like the Carlin Trend in Nevada.  Armed with a proven exploration strategy, 30 km of drill-ready targets, Premium is well positioned to create shareholder value through the exploration and development of this emerging gold district.  For additional information, please visit us at www.premiumexploration.com.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Del Steiner
President & Chief Executive Officer
Premium Exploration Inc.
P: (604) 682-0243 F: (604) 682-2499
E:dsteiner@premiumexploration.com
Ms. Christine Kopr
Corporate Communications
Opes Capital Inc.
P: (604) 682-0243 F: (604) 682-2499
E: ckopr@opescapitalinc.com
www.opescapitalinc.com

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