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Batero Gold Appoints Leonard (Len) Harris to Board of Directors
Vancouver, British Columbia – June 27, 2012 – Batero Gold Corp. (“the Company”) (TSX-V: BAT) (Frankfurt: 68B) is pleased to announce the appointment of Leonard (Len) Harris to the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Harris is a Metallurgist with over six decades of experience in the mining sector, including extensive experience building and operating mines in South America and worldwide. He joins Batero as the Company evaluates the most efficient leach processing operation at its Batero-Quinchia gold project in Colombia.
“I would like to welcome Mr. Harris to the Board of Directors of Batero. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Len. In addition to his vast technical expertise, he provides an enormous wealth of knowledge in community and government relations in South America,” stated Brandon Rook, President and CEO of the Company. “Mr. Harris will provide valuable technical, environmental and community input as Batero focuses on developing the most efficient and cost effective leach processing circuit at La Cumbre gold deposit.”
Mr. Harris held various senior positions at Newmont Mining over 20 years. He was the first General Manager at Newmont’s Yanacocha heap leach mine in Peru. Mr. Harris was instrumental in advancing the exploration project through to a mining operation at Yanacocha, which is now the largest gold mine in South America. He later became President & General Manager Newmont Peru and Vice President & General Manager Newmont Latin America. Prior to Newmont, Mr. Harris spent over 15 years at Cerro de Pasco Corporation’s smelting, refining and ore processing operation in Peru, his last position as Director of Metallurgy.
Mr. Harris is a member of numerous associations including a Life Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM), Member of the Mining and Metallurgy Society of America (MMSA), Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc. (SME), and Member and former Director of the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMP). He has also chaired numerous committees including twice Chairman International Gold Symposium, Lima, Peru, and Chairman International Congress on Environmental, Safety and Social Responsibilities in Mining and Metallurgy, Lima, Peru. Len Harris and his wife, Rosa Harris, are recipients of a special SME award in recognition of their efforts to improve mining and community conditions.
Mr. Harris is a currently a Consultant and Director of a number of exploration and development companies.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF
BATERO GOLD CORP.
President & CEO
Batero Gold Corp.
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Forward-looking statements or information relate to, among other things: the timing and scope of expected diamond drilling; resource estimate, grades on the Batero-Quinchia project; scope of mineralization within the Batero-Quinchia project; timing of receipt of permits and regulatory approvals; the sufficiency of the Company’s capital to finance the Company’s operations; geological interpretations and potential mineral recovery processes.
Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information, including, without limitation, risks relating to: fluctuations in the spot and forward price of gold or certain other commodities; changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, Colombia or other countries in which the Company may carry on business in the future; the uncertainties involved in interpreting geological data; business opportunities that may be presented to, or pursued by, the Company; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining activities; the speculative nature of gold exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses and permits; diminishing quantities or grades of reserves; and contests over title to properties, particularly title to undeveloped properties. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of gold exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and gold bullion losses (and the risk of inadequate insurance, or the inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks).
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