Ecometals receives environmental license for advanced exploration of Rio Zarza Project, Samora, Ecuador

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – April 3, 2012) –


Ecometals Limited (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:EC)(BERLIN:GDQ)(FRANKFURT:GDQ) – The Company is pleased to announce that it has received the Environmental License from the Ministry of the Environment for advanced exploration for its Rio Zarza project in Zamora, Ecuador. The Environmental License encompasses the Rio Zarza and Valle del Inca I licenses and authorizes advanced exploration activities as per the Company's Environmental Impact Study which includes, but is not limited to, diamond drilling.

This key permit for advanced exploration, which has been granted to only a handful of mining companies operating in Ecuador, is valid through the Advanced Exploration phase and allows the Company to continue with its exploration program.

Chief Executive Officer, William Lamarque, said, "This is an important step forward for our Rio Zarza project as we continue to work hard to add value to our properties while carefully abiding by all regulatory requirements. Congratulations and thanks to our local team and advisors."

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About Ecometals

Ecometals Limited is a Canadian TSX Venture Exchange listed mineral exploration and development company focused on the mineral resources in Latin America. Apart from its gold exploration in Ecuador, Ecometals also has significant manganese, iron and gold projects in Brazil at grass roots exploration and development planning stages.

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