|October 20, 2011|
Western Pacific Expands Soil Anomaly
Vancouver, British Columbia, October 20, 2011 - Western Pacific Resources Corp. (WRP - TSXV) is pleased to report the results of this summer's soil geochemistry program at its Mineral Gulch project in southern Idaho. A total of 1,179 samples were taken on a 50 meter by 50 meter grid in the previously unsampled area north and west of Anomaly J and west of the A Pit area (see map posted on company website).
An anomalous area covering 900 meters by 1,000 meters (containing a total of 327 samples taken) resulted in a total of 187 tightly grouped samples with gold values ranging from 50 ppb Au to 1,170 ppb Au. This soil grid was designed to abut a portion of a previous soil grid done by Noranda that measured 610 meters by 366 meters which contained 150 samples with gold values ranging from 50 ppb Au to 695 ppb Au.
"We recently completed three drill holes in the northeast portion of this large soil anomaly and plan to permit 10 additional drill sites based on this year's soil program", says Curt Everson, Exploration Manager. "The results of this drilling will be announced once the assays have been received from ALS Chemex."
Rock chip sampling during the summer exploration program resulted in gold values up to 1.37 ppm Au located 1,900 meters southwest of the southern most pit area. No historical soil samples are known to have been taken within 470 meters of this area and no historical drilling is known to exist within 1,160 meters of this area. Plans are presently being made to soil sample this area and then propose future drilling.
About Mineral Gulch
Mineral Gulch is located in Cassia County, Idaho, along the southeast edge of the Black Pine Mountains, approximately 80 km southeast of Burley, Idaho near the Idaho/Utah border. Western Pacific Resources Corp. controls 100% of the project which was acquired through the staking of 345 unpatented mining claims. The project encompasses the historic Black Pine Mining District and surrounding exploration ground. Sporadic small-scale gold and base-metal mining occurred in the area as early as 1915. Noranda conducted exploration programs at Black Pine between 1984 and 1990. Pegasus Mining entered into a joint venture with Noranda in 1990 and became the majority owner and operator of the mining effort between 1992 and 1998. The Black Pine mine produced 520,000 ounces of gold at an average head grade of 1.5 grams from several small open pits. Historic exploration and mining efforts have generally focused on the near-surface, oxidized ore bodies.
About Western Pacific
Western Pacific is a gold explorer focused on acquiring advanced-stage projects in the Western United States, and has the right combination of exploration and financial professionals to succeed in making a world class gold discovery. For more information, please visit our website at www.westernpacificresources.com.
Curt Everson, M.Sc., P.Geo., is Western Pacific's Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 and has prepared or supervised the preparation of the disclosure of any scientific and technical information contained in this news release.
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