Newmont to Acquire Fronteer and its Long Canyon Project Located Adjacent to Columbus Gold's Summit Gold Project, Nevada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. February 4th, 2011, Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) ("Columbus Gold") announces that its Summit gold project is adjacent to where Newmont Mining Corp. announced yesterday (February 3rd) that it has agreed to acquire Fronteer Gold Inc., and its Long Canyon Project for approximately $2.3 billion. Columbus Gold's Summit Project is strategically located along strike of the Long Canyon gold deposit currently estimated at 1.4 million oz. gold measured & indicated (18.4M tonnes at 2.36 g/t) and 800,000 oz. gold inferred (11.2M tonnes at 2.24 g/t).
Step out drilling by Fronteer at Long Canyon continues to move in the direction of Columbus Gold's Summit Project and is now only approximately 1,500 feet (457 meters) away from the Summit property boundary.
Columbus Gold's joint-venture partner, Agnico-Eagle Mines, is planning to commence a drilling program at Summit in the first half of 2011 consisting of approximately 6,500 feet (1,980 meters) of drilling. Agnico-Eagle can earn an initial 51% interest in Summit by completing $3 million in exploration expenditures.
A map of Columbus Gold's Summit project relative to Fronteer's Long Canyon gold deposit can be viewed at the following link: www.columbusgoldcorp.com/i/nr/2011-02-03-map.jpg
About Columbus Gold
Columbus Gold is a gold exploration and development company operating in French Guiana and Nevada. In French Guiana, Columbus Gold recently acquired an option to earn a 100% interest in the Paul Isnard gold project, which has a 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce inferred gold resource and substantial expansion potential. In Nevada, Columbus is a prolific project generator focused on advancing projects either through joint-venture with industry partners or on its own where exploration risk is minimized and potential is particularly promising. Exploration activities are managed by Cordex which is owned and operated by Andy Wallace who has a long and successful history of gold discovery and mine development. Columbus Gold currently has 12 of its 22 strategically located gold projects in Nevada joint ventured to major and junior mining companies, including Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited. To learn more about Columbus Gold's drilling plans in Nevada in 2011 visit the following link: http://www.columbusgoldcorp.com/i/nr/2011-nv-drilling.pdf
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