Decision Reached on Mary March Appeal Hearing, Newfoundland
TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2008) - The Directors of Canstar Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ROX) have been advised by legal counsel that a decision has been made on the appeal hearing regarding the Mary March property dispute. The Court has dismissed Vinland Resources’ appeal to overturn the Supreme Court of Newfoundland’s previous ruling, which favours Canstar. The Court also dismissed Canstar’s cross appeal and has referred the matter back to the Mineral Rights Board to be presented at another adjudication hearing. Canstar is currently in discussions with legal counsel and the Government of Newfoundland regarding the decision and its implications and will update shareholders as soon as more information is available. No timeframe for the adjudcation hearing is currently available, but it is expected to be given priority by the government.
Although the Appeal Court’s decision did not provide a final resolution to the matter, Management feels the decision was favourable to Canstar. The Company will continue to work toward a positive end to the dispute, in the most time-effective manner. Canstar is planning a substantial drilling program on the Mary March deposit following a favourable outcome to the dispute.
The Mary March property is located in central Newfoundland, 20 kilometers northeast of, and within the same geological group that hosts the prolific former producing Buchans mine. Drilling by Phelps Dodge in 1999 resulted in the discovery of the Mary March deposit, and produced some of the highest-grade base and precious metal diamond drill intersections (9.2m @ 10.33% Zn, 1.62% Pb, 0.66% Cu, 118.1g/t Ag and 4.1 g/t Au) ever achieved in the area outside the Buchans mine. Canstar has the right to earn 50% interest in the property, with first refusal rights on the remaining 50%, from Phelps Dodge.
Mary March Legal Background
The Mary March dispute began in 2000, when a privately held Newfoundland company, Vinland Resources Limited, filed applications seeking Map Staking Licenses over the core Mary March discovery areas. The Mineral Claims Recorder (Newfoundland), on the basis of evidence that the lands in question had been privately held since 1905, rejected the applications, however, on December 20, 2000, Vinland filed a grievance with the Mineral Rights Adjudication Board, asking that the Mineral Claims Recorder’s decision be overturned.
In a favourable decision to Canstar, the Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Mineral Rights Adjudication Board. Vinland filed notice of appeal in August 2006 and Phelps Dodge-Canstar responded with the cross-appeal asking that Vinland’s claim be dismissed without a rehearing. The recent decision has referred the matter back for a second hearing.
About the Company
Canstar Resources is a junior exploration company focused on base and precious metal exploration in eastern Canada. In addition to the Mary March project in the Buchans area of Newfoundland the company owns property in the McFauld’s Lake area of the James Bay Lowlands of Ontario, proximal to the high-grade nickel-copper-PGE discovery of Noront Resources. The McFauld’s Lake properties comprise 70 claims covering 1,120 hectares of the McFauld’s Lake volcanic belt, to the east of the recent high-grade nickel-copper-PGE discovery. Canstar has begun exploration on the McFauld’s Lake properties, in preparation for a winter (2008) drilling program. In addition to these two properties, Canstar holds a 100% interest in the Shrimp Lake and Tahoe Lake VMS/gold properties north of Red Lake, Ontario, a 75% interest in the Slate Bay copper-gold project in Red Lake’s “Mine Trend”, and a 100% interest in the Miminiska gold property near Pickle Lake, Ontario. The Company is well financed and currently has 59.9M shares issued and outstanding.
Canstar’s shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ROX.
David Palmer, Ph.D., P.Geo., is the qualified person for all technical information in this release. To find out more about Canstar Resources, visit our website at www.canstarresources.com.
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