July 10, 2006
Commerce Resources Corp. (TSXv: CCE) (FSE: D7H) (“Commerce”) announces that it has, in anticipation of the Blue River Tantalum-Niobium Project entering the regulatory permitting process to become a producing mine in British Columbia, retained the services of Gartner Lee Ltd. As contracted by Commerce, Gartner Lee has initiated preliminary baseline data compilation and scoping for the approvals required for the project.
Under the supervision of Charlotte Mougeot (Calgary, AB), the environmental team will work closely with the geological and engineering team to provide an integrated baseline program utilizing public sources of information and site-specific field programs. This follows a recent property inspection by Commerce’s technical team.
Environmental field programs are expected to start in late August and will include water sampling, fisheries work and preliminary soil and vegetation surveys. This work will coincide with the trenching and drilling scheduled in the ongoing work program.
Technical advisor Charles Pitcher has selected Gartner Lee based on previous experience and the completion of successful past projects. Charles Pitcher states, “I have worked with Gartner Lee in the past, and they have always been very professional, efficient and thorough in their execution of the environmental assessment process.”
Mr. Pitcher’s significant experience in project development in British Columbia will be instrumental in bringing a practical approach to developing the Blue River Tantalum-Niobium Project to maximize the existing opportunity to the benefit of shareholders.
About Gartner Lee Ltd. (http://www.gartnerlee.com)
Gartner Lee is a professional company providing environmental science, economics, planning and engineering consulting services. Their mining team has extensive public sector experience that gives a deep understanding of the environmental, socio-economic and business issues faced by both by industry proponents and government agencies. Since its founding in 1973, they have established offices across Canada and successfully completed thousands of projects for domestic and international clients in more than 30 countries around the world.
About Commerce Resources Corp. (http://www.commerceresources.com)
Commerce Resources Corp. is focused on the development and exploration of its Fir and Verity tantalum and niobium projects covering 49 square kilometers in British Columbia, Canada. The Company is one of the most active tantalum explorers in North America, conducting detailed exploration of its Fir and Verity deposits. Exploration to date at the Fir deposit has outlined an indicated resource of 5.65Mt with 203.1g/t Ta2O5 and 1,047g/t Nb2O5 (Verzosa, 2003). The Fir is also host to an inferred resource of 6.7Mt with 203.1g/t Ta2O5 and 1,047g/t Nb2O5 (Verzosa, 2003). The Verity deposit, 10 km north of the Fir property, is host to an estimated inferred resource of 3.06Mt with 196g/t Ta2O5, 646g/t Nb2O5 and 3.20% P2O5 (McCrea, 2001). Detailed information on both resource estimates may be viewed in the company’s public disclosure on SEDAR.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
COMMERCE RESOURCES CORP.