西钾公司称麦尔史东地块发现油气层, 并已就私有地权达成协议

Western Potash Corp. (the “Company”) (TSX.V: WPX, FSE: AHE) has received a very encouraging report from an oil and gas consultant commissioned to evaluate  drill hole data collected during the Company’s definition drilling program at its Milestone project in Saskatchewan.  A total of 9 wells have been drilled at Milestone while defining the new potash resource, (link to news release), which was reported previously on February 2, 2010.   The down-hole geophysical logs have indicated the presence of neutron-density crossovers (neutron capture) in two zones in all 9 wells.  A close inspection of the neutron capture, combined with data on lithology and porosity indicate the presence of hydrocarbons.  The wells along this indicated hydrocarbon zone span a distance of 18.5 kms in strike length.

The data was evaluated by J.R. Britton, P. Geol., P. Eng., a petroleum geologist with over 40 years experience in the basin.  Mr. Britton’s interpretation shows that two of the formations have significant areas of possible natural gas.  In his report, further work is recommended including the completion of additional test wells to collect pressure, gas quality, and deliverability data in order to reduce investment risk and assess the natural gas production potential of this area.

The company wells were drilled to hydrocarbon industry standards where lithology and down-hole logs, including resistivity, sonic, neutron density and caliper logswere recorded for all the formations drilled from surface casing to just below the Potash beds.

Patricio Varas, CEO of the company commented that:" the possibility of having sizable natural gas pools sitting on the door step of our Potash deposit would represent a significant advantage to any future plans to develop the Milestone potash resource".  The supply of natural gas is key to the economics of Potash resource extraction as solution mining and the subsequent refining processes are energy intensive.  The company contemplates that should production of hydrocarbons be possible and viable, that any production in excess of Western’s energy needs to run its potash operations would be sold into the existing gas pipeline infrastructure.  The Trans Canada Pipeline lies adjacent to the potential natural gas zone.

Management is excited about this prospect and is formulating a strategy to move forward with this opportunity. The first step in this strategy has been to secure all the available private oil and gas rights in the Milestone area.  To this effect, the Company has been actively acquiring the PNG (petroleum natural gas) rights from private landowners as part of its potash land acquisition strategy at Milestone, which covers 65% of the prospective area. The Crown PNG rights are currently unavailable as they are located within the Company’s currently active potash exploration permits, and are not subject to Provincial PNG land sales.

The next step will be to drill and test the interpreted hydrocarbon zones. The Company is investigating doing this on a 100% basis or through a joint venture with an Oil and Gas third party, utilizing standard hydrocarbon industry JV and option agreements.  The Company will keep the right to extract the natural gas for Potash production at cost, which ever strategy is chosen.

About Western Potash

Western Potash Corp. is a mineral exploration company engaged in the evaluation, exploration and development of potash mineral properties in Western Canada. The Company intends to define and develop a world-class potash deposit in an ecologically sustainable, economically efficient and socially responsible manner.

The contents of this news release was reviewed and approved by J.R. Briton, P. Geol., P. Eng., a Qualified Person under NI 51-101 Rules and Policies.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

“J. Patricio Varas”     
J. Patricio Varas
President and CEO

This news release contains Forward Looking Statements regarding our intentions and plans. Forward looking statements in this news release include that it has received a very encouraging report from an oil and gas consultant where the down-hole geophysical logs at Milestone have indicated the presence of neutron-density crossovers (neutron capture) in two zones in all 9 wells drilled; that a close inspection of these neutron capture crossovers, combined with data on lithology and porosity indicate the presence of hydrocarbons; that the data evaluated and interpreted by J.R. Britton, P. Geol., P. Eng., shows that two of the formations have significant areas of possible natural gas; that further work is recommended including the completion of additional test wells to collect pressure, gas quality, and deliverability data in order to reduce investment risk and assess the natural gas production potential of this area; that the company wells were drilled to hydrocarbon industry standards where lithology and down-hole logs, including resistivity, sonic, neutron density and caliper logswere recorded for all the formations drilled from surface casing to just below the potash beds; that Patricio Varas, CEO of the company commented that:" the possibility of having a sizable natural gas pool sitting on the door step of our Potash deposit would represent a significant advantage to any future plans to develop the Milestone potash resource"; that the supply of natural gas is key to the economics of Potash resource extraction as solution mining and the subsequent refining processes are energy intensive; that the company contemplates that should production of hydrocarbons be possible and viable, that any production in excess of Western’s energy needs to run its potash operations would be sold into the existing gas pipeline infrastructure; that Management is formulating a strategy to move forward with this opportunity, initially securing all the available private oil and gas rights in the Milestone area;  that the Company has been actively acquiring the PNG (petroleum natural gas) rights from private landowners as part of its potash land acquisition strategy at Milestone; that the next step will be to drill and test the interpreted hydrocarbon zones; that the Company is investigating doing this on a 100% basis or through a joint venture with an Oil and Gas third party; that the Company will keep the right to extract the natural gas for Potash production at cost, which ever strategy is chosen.   It is the Company’s policy not to update forward looking statements. Various factors may prevent or delay our plans, including but not limited to, contractor availability and performance, weather, access, mineral prices and success and failure of the exploration and development carried out at various stages of the program.  Readers should review risk factors applicable to junior mining exploration companies generally to understand the variety of risks that can affect the Company.

 

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