Thursday, November 10, 2011

Preston County, WV Marcellus Shale

November 10, 2011 - Gastar Exploration Ltd (GST) recently reported on their Preston County, WV acreage in the Marcellus Shale.

On our Marcellus East position in Preston County, West Virginia, we have drilled one horizontal well to test this acreage, which is 100% owned by Gastar. In August 2011, we completed the Hickory Ridge 2H horizontal Marcellus well, a 2,500-foot lateral completed with a 10-stage fracture stimulation, and we are currently flowing back completion fluids. First sales from the Hickory Ridge 2H are anticipated by year end. Our focus for the remainder of 2011 and through 2012 in the Marcellus East acquisition area is to perform a 3-D seismic survey over a portion of the acreage, with no additional wells currently planned during that time frame.