West Kirkland Commences Preliminary Economic Assessment on TUG Deposit

Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:51am EST

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  VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Nov 19 (MARKET WIRE) --
West Kirkland Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:WKM) ("West Kirkland" or the
"Company") is pleased to announce that it has commissioned Roscoe Postle
Associates Inc. (RPA) to produce a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA)
of the Company's TUG deposit. The scope includes;


--  updated pit-constrained resource; 
--  evaluation of existing metallurgical work; 
--  engineering of mine layout; and 
--  scheduling and process design. 


    The PEA is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2013 and
design drawings will form the basis of construction and operating permit
applications. Pending the outcome of the PEA, permitting and additional
studies, a construction decision on the TUG project could occur within
the second quarter of 2013. The TUG deposit is near the paved highway,
exposed at surface and will be studied with a conventional open pit and
heap leach design. These features provide for a potential short
construction period.

    The Company also wishes to announce that Mr. Sandy McVey, P.Eng has
joined the Company as Manager, Projects. Mr. McVey has over 30 years of
experience in mine and construction management in Canada, the USA and
Africa. Mr. McVey recently completed the successful design, permitting
and construction of the Shafter silver mine in Texas. 

    Michael G. Allen, Vice President of Exploration for West Kirkland Mining
said, "We are extremely happy to have Sandy join our team. He has worked
with all levels of our management in the past and we look forward to his
work guiding the engineering of the TUG deposit forward. Our exploration
efforts in the Long Canyon trend quickly identified and delineated
shallow oxide gold resources in TUG that we are moving forward as a base
of operations while continuing to explore our district scale land
position." 

    The TUG property is under option from Fronteer Development (USA) Inc., a
wholly owned subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corporation. Under the
agreement, West Kirkland can earn a 60% interest in the property by
spending a total of $4,000,000. To date the Company has spent
approximately $3,400,000 and has secured a 51% interest in the property
by completing the first earn in right. 

    TUG Property Details

    The TUG property is located in Box Elder County Utah. West Kirkland is
earning its interest in the TUG property through an option agreement with
Newmont. The TUG property hosts a shallow oxidized gold resource that was
extensively drilled by previous operators, including Noranda, Phelps
Dodge and Western States Minerals. Upon optioning the property, West
Kirkland completed the first three dimensional compilation of the
historic data and expanded the resource through drilling. West Kirkland
completed the first NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate on the TUG
deposit on May 29, 2012. The inferred TUG resource was estimated by
Caracle Creek International Consultants to be 679,000 gold equivalent
ounces contained in 27,110,000 tonnes grading 0.49 g/t Au and 15.8 g/t Ag
using a cut-off 0.1 g/t Au. For further information on the TUG resource
please refer to the Company's June 1, 2012 news release and the technical
report filed with SEDAR. 

    Regional Exploration

    Drilling to date has identified a key geological contact that appears to
be mineralized in association with Long Canyon trend parallel structures.
This contact is extensively mineralized at the TUG deposit and 12 Mile
prospect. Similar contacts and structures have been identified at the
Lewis Spring and Bandito targets, which have been permitted for drilling
in 2013. 

    The Company recently completed a nine hole reverse circulation drill
program totaling 1,974 meters to evaluate targets in its Long Canyon land
package. The program was successful in identifying near surface oxidized
gold mineralization at the 12 Mile prospect, located 10 kilometers to the
west of the TUG deposit. Results from the first four holes at 12 Mile
were released on September 26, 2012. The final hole of the program
12M12-007 cut 16.77 meters of 0.20 g/t Au and 0.67 g/t Ag starting at
39.62 meters. 

    No significant intercepts were cut in three holes at 12 Mile and two
holes on the Toano prospect. Focus for the 2013 program will be on 12
Mile, Lewis Springs and Bandito targets as well as evaluation of the
large regional position. 

    The work done to date in the Company's regional exploration has
identified the potential for significant shallow oxide gold resources to
be discovered within the emerging Long Canyon trend, an underexplored
region in north eastern Nevada and Utah. The Company has permits in hand
for drilling at 12 Mile, Lewis Spring and Bandito in 2013, and is
generating additional drill targets on KB and Patterson Pass. 

    Company Focus

    The Company's focus in the United States is to expand and complement the
TUG gold deposit through regional exploration for near surface gold
deposits. The structural model for gold deposits in the Long Canyon Trend
has accelerated exploration in the area since the discovery of Newmont's
large scale Long Canyon deposit. The Long Canyon Trend is delineated by
the Long Canyon deposit in the south west and the TUG deposit 65
kilometers to the north east. With approximately 900 square kilometers of
mineral rights in the Long Canyon trend, West Kirkland has the dominant
land position between the two deposits. 

    Data, Verification, Quality Control and Assurance

    Drill intersections are reported at drilled thickness, true thickness is
estimated to be 60-90% of drilled thickness. Composites were calculated
using an internal cut-off of 0.075 g/t Au. Drill samples were assayed by
ALS Chemex in North Vancouver, BC (ISO 9001:2008). Gold was assayed for
using fire assay with an ICP finish. Samples that returned values in
excess of 1 g/t Au were re-assayed using gravimetric methods. Silver and
other elements were analyzed by ICP-MS using four acid digestion. QA/QC
included the insertion and monitoring of standards and blanks within the
sample stream as well as the collection of duplicate samples. 

    Michael G. Allen, Vice President of Exploration for West Kirkland and a
qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the
technical information in this news release. He is the non-independent
qualified person for the purpose of this news release.

    About West Kirkland 

    West Kirkland was formed in 2010 to focus on gold exploration along major
trends in North America. The Company has consolidated significant mineral
rights positions in the Kirkland Lake area of Ontario and within major
gold trends of northeastern Nevada - two of North America's premier gold
jurisdictions. The founders and Board of West Kirkland have successful
gold discovery, development and mine operations experience in both
Ontario and Nevada over the past 40 years.

    Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information

    This press release contains forward-looking information within the
meaning of Canadian securities laws. Such information includes, without
limitation, information regarding proposed exploration activities.
Although the Company believes that such information is reasonable, it can
give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
Forward-looking information is typically identified by words such as:
believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar
expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future
events. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking
information provided by the Company is not a guarantee of future results
or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those
in forward looking information as a result of various factors, including,
but not limited to, the state of the financial markets for the Company's
equity securities, the state of the market for gold or other minerals
that may be produced generally, recent market volatility; variations in
the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be
located, the Company's ability to obtain any necessary permits, consents
or authorizations required for its activities, to raise the necessary
capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies and
other risks associated with the exploration and development of mineral
properties. The reader is referred to the Company's public filings for a
more complete discussion of such risk factors and their potential effects
which may be accessed through the Company's profile on SEDAR at
www.sedar.com.

    Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors Regarding Estimates of Inferred Mineral
Resources 

    This press release uses the terms "inferred mineral resources." We advise
U.S. investors that while these terms are recognized and required by
Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize them. "Inferred mineral
resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and
great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot
be assumed that all or any part of an "inferred mineral resource" will
ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of
"inferred mineral resources" may not form the basis of a feasibility
study or prefeasibility studies, except in rare cases. The SEC normally
only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute
"reserves" as in-place tonnage and grade without reference to unit
measures. The terms "contained gold ounces" and "contained silver ounces"
used in this press release are not permitted under the rules of the SEC.
U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of an
inferred resource exists or is economically or legally mineable.

    Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as
that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contacts:
West Kirkland Mining Inc.
R. Michael Jones
(604) 685-8311

West Kirkland Mining Inc.
Michael Allen
(604) 685-8311

West Kirkland Mining Inc.
Knox Henderson
(604) 685-8311
info@wkmining.com
www.wkmining.com

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