Benton Advised That Clean Air Metals Accelerates Final Payment to Rio Tinto for the Escape Lake Property Option
Thunder Bay, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - November 10, 2021) - Benton Resources Inc. (TSXV: BEX) ('Benton') is pleased to announce it has been advised by Clean Air Metals Inc. that the final payment of CAD $1 million has been made to Rio Tinto Exploration Canada on behalf of Benton pursuant to the option agreement on the Escape Lake Property. Benton continues to hold approximately 24.6 million shares in Clean Air Metals Inc. and is very pleased with their progress to date. The news release, which was issued earlier today is reproduced below.
Thunder Bay, ON, November 10, 2021 - Clean Air Metals Inc. (TSXV: AIR) (FSE: CKU) (OTCQB: CLRMF) ("Clean Air Metals" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that, further to its press release dated October 12, 2021, it has made the final payment of CAD $1 Million, for and on behalf of Benton Resources Inc. ("Benton") (TSXV: BEX), directly to Rio Tinto Exploration Canada Inc. ("RTEC"), pursuant to the terms of the definitive option agreement (the "Option Agreement") entered into by the Company and Benton in order to satisfy a payment requirement of Benton under its pre-existing option agreement with RTEC dated October 9, 2019 relating to the Escape Lake Property (the "Escape Lake Option Agreement") (see previous press release dated January 6, 2020 and May 14, 2020).
The final payment of CAD $1 Million, not due under the terms of the Escape Lake Option Agreement until October 9, 2022, was accelerated at the Company's option. Clean Air Metals has now fulfilled all of Benton's payment obligations under the Escape Lake Option Agreement, earning Benton a 100% right, title and interest in and to the Escape Lake Property, subject to a 1.0% net smelter return royalty to be retained by RTEC (the "RTEC Royalty"), and subject to Clean Air Metals' right to acquire 100% of Benton's interest in and to the Escape Lake Property pursuant to the terms of the Option Agreement.
Clean Air Metals will be entitled to exercise the option to acquire 100% of Benton's interest in the Escape Lake Property, subject to a 0.5% net smelter return royalty from production on the Escape Lake Property to be retained by Benton, upon completion of the two remaining payments under the Share Purchase Agreement between Clean Air Metals and Magma Metals PTY LTD. ( CAD $1.5 Million is due by May 13, 2022, and a further CAD $1.5 Million is due by May 13, 2023 provided that both payments can be accelerated at the discretion of Clean Air Metals). Upon exercise of its option, Clean Air Metals will also assume the obligations of the payor in respect of the RTEC Royalty.
Clean Air Metals Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Panoramic PGMs (Canada) Ltd. acknowledge that the Thunder Bay North Project is on the traditional territories of the Fort William First Nation, Red Rock First Nation and Biinjitiwabik Zaaging Anishinabek. The parties together are the Cooperating Participants in a Memorandum of Agreement dated January 9, 2021.
The Company appreciates the opportunity to work in these territories and remains committed to the recognition and respect of those who have lived, traveled, and gathered on the lands since time immemorial. Clean Air Metals is committed to stewarding Indigenous heritage and remains committed to building, fostering and encouraging a respectful relationship with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples based upon principles of mutual trust, respect, reciprocity and collaboration in the spirit of reconciliation.
About Clean Air Metals Inc.
Clean Air Metals' flagship asset is the 100% owned, high grade Thunder Bay North Project, a platinum, palladium, copper, nickel project located near the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario and the Lac des Iles Mine owned by Impala Platinum. The Clean Air Metals project hosts the Current Lake Deposit and magma conduit and the Company is actively exploring the Escape Lake Deposit, a twin structure to the Current Lake Deposit. Executive Chairman Jim Gallagher and CEO Abraham Drost lead an experienced team of geologists and engineers who are using the Norilsk magma conduit stratigraphic and mineral deposit model to guide ongoing exploration and development studies. As the former CEO of North American Palladium Ltd. which owned the Lac des Iles Mine prior to the sale to Impala Platinum in December 2019, Jim Gallagher and team are credited with the mine turnaround and creation of significant value for shareholders.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Abraham Drost, Chief Executive Officer of Clean Air Metals Inc.
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Stephen Stares, President
About Benton Resources Inc.
Benton Resources Inc. is a well-funded mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol BEX. Following a project generation business model, Benton has a diversified, highly-prospective property portfolio in Gold, Silver, Nickel, Copper, and Platinum Group Elements and currently holds large equity positions in other mining companies that are advancing high-quality assets. Whenever possible, BEX retains Net Smelter Return (NSR) royalties for potential long-term cash flow. Benton has also recently entered into a 50/50 strategic alliance with Sokoman Minerals Corp. (TSXV: SIC) through three large-scale joint venture properties including Grey River Gold, Golden Hope and Kepenkeck in Newfoundland that are now being explored.
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