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Press release from CNW Group

Premier Gold intersects high-grade Carlin gold - Saddle update

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Premier Gold intersects high-grade Carlin gold - Saddle update08:24 EDT Wednesday, September 07, 2011Shares Issued: 121,900,211THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - PREMIER GOLD MINES LIMITED (TSX:PG) ("Premier") is pleased to provide an update of ongoing drilling at the Company's 100%-owned Saddle Project, located within the Rain sub-district of Nevada's prolific Carlin Trend.  This drilling has intersected high-grade gold mineralization over substantial core intervals that will be used, in addition to historic drilling, to complete a NI43-101 compliant gold resource estimate following the completion of the program.  Drilling is also scheduled to begin at the "Blue Sage" prospect in the near future.Significant results from the initial drilling include 0.25 ounce per ton gold (oz/t Au) across 40.0 feet (8.46 grams per tonne Au across 12.2 metres) including 0.31 oz/t Au across 22.9 feet (10.70 g/t Au across 6.98m) in SA003, 0.41 oz/ton across 13.0 feet (14.12 g/t Au across 4.0m) in SA008 and 0.29 oz/ton across 21.3 feet (10.10 g/t Au across 6.5m) is SA013A.  Highlight results from re-assaying selected core from previous drilling (Newmont) at Saddle include 0.94 oz/t Au across 19.0 feet (32.02 g/t Au across 5.8m) in RCR-40 and 0.41 oz/t Au across 38.0 feet (13.87 g/t Au across 11.6m) in RCR-43.  Ongoing drilling continues to intersect significant intervals of mineralized breccia (assays pending) and confirm Premier's belief that the Saddle Deposit represents one of the most prospective undeveloped high-grade gold deposits in North America.  Table 1 provides a summary of assay results from new holes drilled and Table 2 provides a summary of results from re-assaying previously drilled holes ("RCR" designated collars).  These results are within two to four percent of the values of the original assay determinations.Table 1 -New Drilling Results at SaddleHole-IDUTM Zone 11 Coordinates NAD27 (m)Dip/Az (degrees)From (ft)To(ft)Interval (ft)Grade (oz/ton)Interval (m)Grade (g/tonne)ZoneSA001*4497409 N 581432 E-901801.01806.05.00.091.53.01Rain FaultSA0024497340 N581399EIncluding-902060.02118.558.50.1017.83.81Saddle2065.02098.033.00.1310.14.54Saddle2347.02352.05.00.251.58.70Deep Feeder2380.02420.040.00.0812.22.85Deep FeederSA003*4497357 N 581278 E-901988.22028.240.00.2512.28.56SaddleSA0044497482 N581283 E-90No Significant assays SA0054497512 N581156 E-90No Significant assays SA0064497325 N581515 E-90Abandoned - Failed to reach Target SA0074497325 N581643 E-90ASSAYS PENDINGSaddleSA0084497301 N581386 E-901894.01907.013.00.414.014.11Saddle1932.01945.013.00.144.04.69SaddleSA008A4497297 N581390 EWedgedASSAYS PENDINGSaddleSA0094497263 N581761 E-90ASSAYS PENDINGSaddleHole-IDUTM Zone 11 Coordinates NAD27 (m)Dip/Az (degrees)From (ft)To (ft)Interval (ft)Grade (oz/ton)Interval (m)Grade (g/tonne)ZoneSA0104497293 N581312 E-90No Significant assaysSaddleSA011A4497270 N581298 E-90ASSAYS PENDINGSaddleSA00124497224 N581317 E-901981.02019.538.50.1511.75.17SaddleSA013A4497245 N581394 E-901924.21967.543.30.2113.27.05Saddle                                                        Including1946.31967.521.20.296.510.09SaddleSA014A4497359 N581282 E-90ASSAYS PENDINGSaddleSA0154497405 N581429 E-90ASSAYS PENDINGSaddleSA00164497293 N581315 E-901984.52003.018.50.095.63.21Saddle*Previously released        True heights are estimated at 100% of intersection lengths for flat-lying Saddle deposit.Table 2 -Results of Re-assaying Previous Drill Holes at SaddleHole-IDUTM Zone 11 Coordinates NAD27 (m)Dip/Az (degrees)From (ft)To (ft)Interval (ft)Grade (oz/ton)Interval (m)Grade (g/tonne)ZoneRCR-404497371 N 581428 E-901906.01925.019.00.635.821.46SaddleRCR-434497420 N 581263 E-901930.01968.038.00.4011.613.81SaddleRCR-544497398 N 581280 E-902129.02146.017.00.365.212.33SaddleRCR-614497302 N 581443 E-901955.01991.036.00.1611.05.36SaddleRCR-634497230 N 581628 E-901640.01690.050.00.1815.26.28Saddle Including 1640.01657.012.00.553.718.92SaddleRCR-644497483 N 581097 E-902240.02305.065.00.1419.84.96Saddle Including 2240.02260.020.00.216.17.19Saddle And 2080.02090.010.00.283.09.53SaddleTrue heights are estimated at 100% of intersection lengths for flat-lying Saddle deposit.In addition to producing strong results in the core deposit area, several holes have intersected multiple collapse-breccia units at depth, including SA002, that returned numerous gold-bearing zones, suggesting the potential to define potentially higher grade feeder structures at depth.  These types of structures contain some of the highest grade gold deposits in the Carlin Trend including the famous Meikle and Deep Star mines.Figure 1 portrays a plan view of the location of drilling at Saddle as well as a surface projection of the '40 Fault' that could represent a high grade feeder structure.Figure 1 - Plan View of Drilling Results at Saddle (New drilling and historic assays included)http://files.newswire.ca/598/premiermap.pdfSaddle forms a large portion of the Saddle/NW Tess Gold Deposit that is host to a high-grade historic (non-NI 43-101 compliant) mineral resource estimate.  Two distinct styles of mineralization occur at Saddle; wider mineralized zones occurring at the Web-Devil's Gate contact (Contact mineralization), and higher grade mineralization in the Webb Formation within the plane of the Rain Fault (up to approximately 1 oz/ton Au in historic drilling).  The Saddle Gold Deposit is one of several deposits discovered by Newmont Mining Corporation ("Newmont") during the 1990's to the northwest of, and down plunge from, it's Rain Gold Mine ("Rain").  Rain was previously mined by open pit and underground methods, is host to the Tess Deposit and a portion of the Saddle Deposit, and has significant underground infrastructure (ramp) proximal to Saddle.  The Saddle Deposit is not subject to any "NSR" royalty obligations.Drilling is also scheduled to be carried out on the Blue Sage claims that are located to the northwest of and adjoin the Sections that comprise Premier's Saddle Gold Project, and that cover approximately 4500 feet (1.37 kilometres) of the projected "Rain Fault" strike extension.  Based on geophysical work completed, Premier believes that there are numerous prospective, and untested, structures that have high potential to host gold mineralization.  To date, the Rain Fault up to and beyond the Blue Sage prospect from the Saddle Deposit remains completely untested.The Saddle and Blue Sage acquisitions provide Premier with a core land position within one of the most productive gold regions in the world, the Carlin Trend.  Premier is currently focused on growing its US-based land holdings as numerous high-quality project opportunities have recently been identified.  This focus is consistent with the Company's strategy to build a significant presence in proven, accessible and low-risk jurisdictions that offer opportunities for the discovery of high grade gold deposits.Premier also holds a 1.5% NSR production royalty in Rain, and in Newmont's Emigrant Springs Deposit.  Emigrant Springs, currently in construction, is an advanced-stage project that is located only 1.5 miles east of Saddle, and is host to a significant undeveloped oxide gold reserve/resource that represents a portion of Newmont's future production within its Carlin operations."Our US division remains the most undervalued portion of Premier's portfolio, yet contains one of the highest grade undeveloped gold deposits in the Carlin Trend." stated Ewan Downie, President and CEO of Premier.  "To successfully accelerate growth not only in the US, but also in Canada, we intend to grow our management team.  Securing Paul Huet as Chief Operating Officer is expected to assist us in growing our US-based asset platform, and will enhance our ability to advance our strong project portfolio towards development."OTHER PROJECTSPremier holds several projects that are the subject of significant exploration programs.  Exploration programs, including drilling, are underway in Red Lake on two joint venture projects with Goldcorp. First, the Rahill-Bonanza Project (PG 49% and Red Lake Gold Mines 51%) that is located in close proximity to Goldcorp's Red Lake Gold Mines infrastructure, and second, the East Bay Project (PG 35% and 50% - JV with RLGM) that is located on the East Bay ultramafic trend along strike and to the north of Rubicon's F2 Zone discovery at its Phoenix Gold Project.  Eight drills are active on Premier's 100%-owned Trans-Canada Project which includes the multi-million ounce Hardrock Deposit.  Finally, two drills are active at Premier's 100%-owned PQ North Project that is located along strike from Goldcorp's Musselwhite Gold Mine.Stephen McGibbon, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person for the information contained in this press release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101. Assay results are from core samples sent to ALS Laboratories, an accredited mineral analysis laboratory in Reno, Nevada, for preparation and analysis utilizing fire assay methods.Premier Gold Mines Limited is one of North America's leading exploration companies with a high-quality pipeline of projects focused in proven, safe and accessible mining jurisdictions in Canada and the United States, and include significant assets in world class districts such as Red Lake in Ontario and the Carlin Trend in Nevada.The statements made in this Press Release may contain forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  Actual events or results could differ materially from the Company's expectations and projections. For further information: Ewan Downie, President & CEO       Phone: 807-346-1390       Fax: 807-346-0100     e-mail: Info@premiergoldmines.com    Web Site: www.premiergoldmines.com