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Premier Provides Trans-Canada Update

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Premier Provides Trans-Canada Update07:00 EDT Tuesday, July 31, 2012Drill intercepts include 431.43 g/t Au Across 2.0 metres (12.6 ounces per ton over 6.6 feet) Shares Issued:  138,352,462THUNDER BAY, ON, July 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Premier Gold Mines Limited (TSX-PG) is pleased to provide an exploration update from ongoing work being performed at the Company's 100%-owned Trans-Canada Project in Northwestern Ontario. Surface drilling continues to delineate and expand mineralization in multiple horizons and includes numerous high-grade intercepts.  Work is progressing on the completion of an updated mineral resource estimate, Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) and permitting for advanced exploration activities on the project.The Trans-Canada Project is host to several past-producing mines which collectively produced more than 4 million ounces of gold from depths primarily within 600 metres of surface between 1938 and 1968. The Hardrock Deposit is host to a mineral resource estimate that was completed by Micon International Limited in 2011.  An updated estimate, on four deposits in the project area, will be completed in the near future and used to support the completion of a subsequent PEA. The Trans-Canada Project benefits from development advantages with the Trans-Canada Highway, Trans-Canada Pipeline, and major power lines running through, or in close proximity to, the Project sites.  Significant services and a skilled labour pool exist with several communities located in close proximity.Surface Drill ProgramThe primary target of ongoing drilling is to expand the high grade Fortune Zone horizon down-plunge.  The Fortune Zone is comprised of multiple, en-echelon, narrow vein zones located in close proximity to the historic Hardrock mine workings and includes extensions of the historically mined "F-Zone" from which more than 2.0 million ounces of gold was mined.  High grade gold mineralization within the Fortune Zone horizon has now been delineated over a plunge length exceeding 2.5 kilometres and remains open down-plunge.  The Fortune Zone has characteristics similar to the high grade past-producing Little Long Lac (600,000 ounces gold produced at a grade of 11.70 g/t) and Leitch (847,900 ounces produced at a grade of 31.50 g/t) Gold Mines that are located on the Trans-Canada Project.Recent highlights from ongoing drilling include:431.43 grams per tonne gold (g/t Au) across 2.0 metres (m) or 12.60 ounces per ton (oz/t) across 6.6 feet (ft) in the Fortune Zone horizon in wedge hole MM30721.13 g/t Au across 8.9 m (0.62 oz/t across 29.2 ft) in the Fortune Zone horizon in hole MM298 113.00 g/t Au across 1.0m (3.30 oz/t across 3.3 ft) in the Fortune Zone horizon in hole MM2293142.00 g/t across 1.5 m (4.15 oz/t across 4.9 ft) in the P Zone horizon in hole MM29721.59 g/t Au across 2.9 m (0.63 oz/t across 9.5 ft) and 11.79 g/t Au across 8.7 m (0.34 oz/t across 28.5 ft)in the North Zone horizon in hole MM292"Importantly, high grade gold mineralization shows to be robust, coherent and continues to be extended down-plunge in the Fortune Zone horizon" stated Brian Morris, Vice-President Exploration of Premier.  "This success is expanding this highly prospective horizon beyond the limits of our upcoming revised resource estimate.  Drilling has also started at several additional targets on the property".Table 1 provides a summary of new assay results from 26 additional step-out and infill holes (of which 9 were abandoned prior to target or holes drilled for geotechnical purposes) within several horizons.Table 1: New Assay Results from Hardrock deposit drillingSP ZoneHole-IDUTM Coordinates (m)Dip/Azimuth (degrees)From (m)To (m)Interval (m)Grade (g/tonne)Interval (ft)Grade (oz/ton)ZoneMM3025502650N 502800E65/360667.0668.91.914.496.20.42SPMM3045502650N 502900E-63/360618.0619.51.538.704.91.13SPMM305A5502750N 502700E-64/360643.5645.52.06.576.60.19SPMM3075502750N 502500E-64/360690.8691.81.047.003.31.37SP and 706.6709.32.76.388.90.19SPP ZoneHole-IDUTM Coordinates (m)Dip/Azimuth (degrees)From (m)To (m)Interval (m)Grade (g/tonne)Interval (ft)Grade (oz/ton)ZoneMM2845502550N 504250E-60/360399.3400.51.28.143.90.24PMM2975502701N 502901E-64/360645.3646.81.5142.004.94.15PMM3045502650N 502900E-63/360676.0677.01.08.373.30.24PFortune ZoneHole-IDUTM Coordinates (m)Dip/Azimuth (degrees)From (m)To (m)Interval (m)Grade (g/tonne)Interval (ft)Grade (oz/ton)ZoneMM2845502550N 504250E-60/360548.5550.01.512.604.90.37FMM2865502600N 503200E-61/360774.0 778.0 4.0 5.0813.10.15F  824.0825.0 1.0 8.423.30.25F2MM2875502550N 503300E-66/360928.9930.01.13.223.60.09F2MM290503399N 503275E-72/360785.0786.01.062.703.31.83F2MM2915502548N 503200E-62/360989.0991.32.36.327.50.18F1MM2935502760N 503000E-69/360690.0 691.0 1.0113.00 3.33.30F 796.5798.0 1.511.404.90.33F2MM2955503424N 503264E-71/360701.0 702.0 1.026.303.30.77F2 789.3790.3 1.010.103.30.29F1MM2965502800N 503425E-62/360819.3820.31.021.83.30.64F2MM2975502900N 502700E-64/360801.0802.51.54.864.90.14F2MM2985502490N 503651E-58/360711.0 735.0 24.03.48 78.70.10F 767.1 776.08.921.1329.20.62F2 810.5812.0 1.516.304.90.48F1MM3025502650N 502800E-65/360942.0943.01.014.003.30.41F1MM303A5503425N 503150E-73/180631.0632.01.03.703.30.11F2 676.5678.52.08.226.60.24F and 838.0839.01.03.633.30.11F2MM305A5502750N 502700E-64/360712.0715.73.76.6112.10.19F727.7743.515.88.1251.80.24F783.0784.01.04.743.30.14F2MM3075502750N 502500E-64/360758.8760.82.0431.436.612.60FK Zone         Hole-IDUTM Coordinates (m)Dip/Azimuth (degrees)From (m)To (m)Interval (m)Grade (g/tonne)Interval (ft)Grade (oz/ton)ZoneMM2865502600N 503200E-61/360883.0884.01.03.483.30.10KMM2915502548N 503200E-62/360861.1862.00.914.52.90.42K and 978.2980.11.95.86.20.17KNorth Zone                  Hole-IDUTM Coordinates (m)Dip/Azimuth (degrees)From (m)To (m)Interval (m)Grade (g/tonne)Interval (ft)Grade (oz/ton)ZoneMM2855503400N 503275E-79/180744.0745.01.018.003.30.53North A and 869.0871.02.03.276.60.10North CMM2925502510N 503500E-63/360950.0952.92.921.599.50.63North Dincluding 951.9952.91.062.593.31.83North D and 969.3978.08.711.7928.50.34North Cincluding976.7978.01.331.704.30.93North C and 997.31005.58.24.5726.90.13North Bincluding1001.91002.91.027.303.30.80North B and 1011.51013.52.06.646.60.19North A* - Drill intercepts shown in core interval, true widths are estimated between 50-70%Resource UpdateThe updated mineral resource estimate will evaluate multiple deposits that comprise Trans-Canada Project including the Hardrock, Brookbank, Key Lake and Kailey Deposits.  All deposits are being assessed for both underground and open pit potential.  Much of the work has been completed for Brookbank, Key Lake and Kailey, and a final model for the more complex Hardrock deposit is nearing completion.  The PEA will consider a range of development options for the deposits that comprise the project to ensure optimal economic returns.PermittingPremier is also carrying out the permitting process.  The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) has accepted the Company's Advanced Exploration Closure Plan as filed for the Hardrock deposit which allows Premier to begin preparing certain areas of the site for planned Advanced Exploration activities. The Advanced Exploration Closure Plan reflects Premier's commitment to carry out the Advanced Exploration activities in a manner that safeguards environmental sustainability, respects and considers the various communities in the area, during and after the life of the operation. While the acceptance of the Advanced Exploration Closure Plan allows for certain activities to commence, Premier cannot begin the dewatering until two (2) additional approvals from the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) are received. Currently, these permit applications are under review by the MOE; the Permit to Take Water, and the Environmental Compliance Approval. Premier anticipates that all remaining permit approvals will be received in 2012.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 Activation Laboratories, an accredited mineral analysis laboratory in Ancaster, Ontario, or to Accurassay Laboratories, an accredited mineral analysis laboratory in Thunder Bay, Ontario, for preparation and analysis utilizing both fire assay and screen metallic methods.Premier Gold Mines Limited is one of North America's leading exploration companies with a high-quality pipeline of gold projects focused in proven, safe and accessible mining jurisdictions in Canada and the United States.  The Company's portfolio includes significant assets in world class gold mining districts such as Red Lake, Musselwhite and Geraldton 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.SOURCE: Premier Gold Mines LimitedFor further information: Ewan Downie, President & CEO Phone: 807-346-1390 Fax: 807-346-1381 e-mail: Info@premiergoldmines.com Web Site: www.premiergoldmines.com