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Edmonton – Aug 4, 2022 – Benchmark Metals Inc. (the “Company” or “Benchmark“) (TSX-V: BNCH) (OTCQX: BNCHF) (WKN: A2JM2X) – is pleased to provide an update for the ongoing advancement of Technical Evaluations: Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) and Feasibility Study (“FS”) as well as Environmental Baseline Studies towards Environmental Assessment (“EA”) application for the Lawyers Gold-Silver Project (“Lawyers”). The Company’s flagship Lawyers Gold-Silver project is located within a road-accessible region of the prolific Golden Horseshoe area of north-central British Columbia, Canada.    Key Milestone Calendar Q4 2022 – Targeted release of PEA Q2 2023 – Targeted Completion of FS Activities  Q3 2023 – Two-Years of Environmental Baseline Achieved Q4 2023 – Targeted Release of FS  Mid-2024 – Targeted Completion of the EA  John Williamson, President & CEO commented, “In the coming year the Company will deliver the Feasibility Study (FS) and start preparing the Environmental Assessment (EA) regulatory filings collaboratively with First Nations for the Lawyers Gold-Silver Project. Preparing the materials for the FS and EA is complex, takes time and requires attention to detail. Management has been focused on ensuring that every aspect of the project is carefully reviewed and assessed and that First Nations are involved in the development of the FS and EA products. The delivery timeline is now clear and Benchmark is of the firm belief that the PEA, followed by the upcoming FS has the potential to position the Company as a major producer of precious metals into the future and deliver value to shareholders, First Nations and local communities for years to come. We look forward to delivering the final study outputs, sharing the Feasibility Study report, and applying for regulatory approvals.”   Preliminary Economic Assessment The Company is nearing completion of a PEA for the Lawyers Project, with expected PEA report delivery date in Q4 2022. The updated economic results incorporate the recently expanded mineral resource estimate (MRE) and a revised mine production schedule, both of which will provide improved economics for the project. The Lawyers PEA is a major milestone for Benchmark and further shows Benchmark’s expertise in creating value and certainty during mineral project development.    Ian Harris, VP of Engineering commented, “We are very excited about the near-term completion of the PEA to demonstrate the robustness of the project that benefits from a de-risked MRE with 97% of the open pit resource in the M&I category, excellent recoveries, road access established with upgrading on-going to support mine construction, interconnection to BC Hydro nearby, minimal to negligible pre-stripping, compact footprint with straightforward industry-standard processing, facilities, and equipment sizing.  The PEA will confirm our path forward for engineering, permitting, and a construction decision as well as provide multiple opportunities for mine optimization.”     Feasibility Study Considerable work has either already been completed or is on track to be completed for the collection of FS data inputs, including: Geotechnical & Hydrological field investigations for mine infrastructure design.  Investigations for Pits and site infrastructure are complete.  Investigations on the Tailings Storage Facility and Waste Rock Storage Facilities are ongoing (expected August 2022 completion date). Metallurgy and mineral processing testwork to validate processing methods.  Comminution testwork is complete with Recovery testwork ongoing.  Geochemistry testwork, which continues to show promising results of low acid generating potential.  Static and kinetic testwork ongoing. The Company anticipates all necessary inputs for the FS to be complete by Q2 2023, with delivery of the final FS report in Q4 2023.   Environmental Assessment Environmental baseline studies to support EA application are well underway. The 2-year Aquatics and Terrestrial Baseline Programs commenced in 2021. Additionally,  geochemical and hydrogeological studies have all commenced. The Company expects completion of all environmental baseline studies by Q3 2023.   Upon completion of all environmental baseline studies, the Company expects to commence the EA process planning and EA application preparation phase in mid-2024. Please see Figure 1 below for an overview of Benchmark’s project schedule.   Figure 1: Lawyers Project Schedule
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Quality Assurance and Control Results from samples were analyzed at ALS Global Laboratories (Geochemistry Division) in Vancouver, Canada (an ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited facility). The sampling program was undertaken by Company personnel under the direction of Rob L’Heureux, P.Geol. A secure chain of custody is maintained in transporting and storing of all samples. Gold was assayed using a fire assay with atomic emission spectrometry and gravimetric finish when required (+10 g/t Au). Analysis by four acid digestion with 48 element ICP-MS analysis was conducted on all samples with silver and base metal over- limits being re-analyzed by atomic absorption or emission spectrometry. Rock chip samples from outcrop/bedrock are selective by nature and may not be representative of the mineralization hosted on the project.   The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Michael Dufresne, M.Sc, P.Geol., P.Geo., a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.   About Benchmark Metals Benchmark Metals Inc. is a Canadian based gold and silver company advancing its 100% owned Lawyer’s Gold-Silver Project located in the prolific Golden Horseshoe of northern British Columbia, Canada. The Project consists of three mineralized deposits that remain open for expansion, in addition to +20 new target areas along the 20 kilometre trend. The Company trades on the TSX Venture Exchange in Canada, the OTCQX Best Market in the United States, and the Tradegate Exchange in Europe. Benchmark is managed by proven resource sector professionals, who have a track record of advancing exploration projects from grassroots scenarios through to production.   ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS   s/ “John Williamson” John Williamson, Chief Executive Officer   For further information, please contact: Jim Greig Email:                       
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