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Initial Permit Approvals Received for San Francisco Mine

May 22, 2008

Timmins Gold Corp. (the "Company") announces that its subsidiary Timmins Goldcorp Mexico has reached two key milestones in advancing its 100% owned San Francisco gold mine to production. These milestones are the approval of the Federal Mexican Environmental Protection Authorities (SERMANAT) for a Change of Land Use permit and the state authorization for the use of explosives for the San Francisco gold mine located along the main Pan American highway approximately 150 km north of Hermosillo, in the Northern Mexican State of Sonora.

The Change of Land Use approval comes after an extensive environmental study of the land on which the mine is located, as well as the surrounding community, and is the final requirement for the approval of the Environmental Impact Statement which is expected to be issued shortly.

Timmins Goldcorp Mexico is working closely with the environmental authorities to assure a safe and ecologically sound exploration and mining program, and has received recognition from the Federal authorities for its compliance with the Federal Environmental laws and its concern for the welfare of the populace and the environment in the San Francisco mine and the surrounding community.

With respect to the use of explosives, the Governor of the State of Sonora has signed the authorization permit for the use of industrial explosives in the San Francisco mine. This approval, as well as the site inspection which took place last week by military authorities, clears the way for the final approval of the use of explosives for the resumption of operations at the mine.

The San Francisco gold mine is a past producing open pit heap leach operation. A gold plant with a capacity in excess of 80,000 ounces of gold per year is on site. The mine is the subject of a pre-feasibility study dated March 31, 2008 prepared by Micon International Limited which supports the economic viability of the mine.

For further information, contact:

Arturo Bonillas, B.Sc.(Eng)
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Tel: 011-52-662-262-1132

Darcy Krohman, P.Geo., C.A.
Executive Vice-President & CFO
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tel: 604-638-8971

For Investor Relations, contact:

Leighton Bocking
Corporate Development
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tel: 604-638-8977

Alex Tsakumis, B.A.
Corporate Development
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tel: 604-638-8976

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