QUÉBEC CITY, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – Oct. 8, 2015) – (TSX VENTURE:PEA)(TSX:CDH)(EPA:MAU)(EPA:MPI) : Anticosti Hydrocarbons L. P. (“Anticosti LP”) has announced the completion of the first phase of its exploration program on Anticosti Island and the demobilization of all coring equipment. The completion of the Martin-la-Mer core hole is the final stage of an initial campaign that involved the drilling of twelve (12) core holes. The program was completed within budget while respecting all health, safety, and environmental regulations. The sites of these core holes will be restored to their natural state in accordance with the highest industry standards while also respecting the needs expressed by the Anticosti community.
The objectives of this initial work phase were to delineate the extent of the hydrocarbon resource and identify locations for three horizontal exploration wells, expected to be drilled in the summer of 2016. Anticosti LP believes the core hole survey campaign has been well executed and has achieved its key objectives. Anticosti LP expects to choose the locations of the three exploration horizontal wells over the coming weeks when all of the technical information is fully compiled and analyzed.
The results of the seven (7) core holes drilled in 2015, when combined with those of the five (5) core holes drilled in 2014, are generally consistent with Anticosti LP’s expectations in terms of the Macasty Formation thickness, total organic content (TOC), porosity, permeability and maturity. These results favourably compare with those of North America’s best oil and gas reservoirs found in shales.
Anticosti LP has begun the work necessary to comply with regulatory requirements to obtain a certificate of environmental authorization. This should enable us to proceed with the hydraulic fracturing of the three horizontal exploration wells in 2016.
It may be noted that work performed on the island in 2014 and 2015 created jobs for 90 persons. Thanks to the Anticosti LP’s local purchase policy, $2.7 million has also been injected in Anticosti Island’s economy and $8.6 million injected in total to Eastern Québec.
About Anticosti Hydrocarbons L.P.
Anticosti Hydrocarbons L.P. (“Anticosti LP”) is a partnership owned by Ressources Québec Inc. (35%), Investissements PEA Inc. (a subsidiary of Pétrolia Inc.) (21.67%), St-Aubin E&P (Québec) Inc. (21.67%), and Corridor Resources Inc. (21.67%). Anticosti LP holds 38 permits for hydrocarbon exploration totaling 6,195 km² on Anticosti Island. The first objective of Anticosti LP will be to demonstrate the commercial viability of hydrocarbon resources on Anticosti Island. The board of directors of Anticosti LP consists of one representative from each of the partners of Anticosti LP and one independent director, and the general partner has formed four committees made up of an equal number of representatives from each of the partners. The purpose of these committees is to help ensure the success of the project on the technical, economic, environmental, and social levels. The combined expertise of the partners of Anticosti LP will allow it to implement the exploration program, employing the highest industry standards, in full safety and with respect for the environment.
Certain statements made herein may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements includes the characteristics of Anticosti LP’s properties; exploration and development plans, including planned drilling and fracturing, timing of such plans and the number of jobs created as a result of these plans; strategies and objectives; and government support. These statements relate to future events or the future economic performance of Anticosti LP and carry known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may considerably affect its results, economic performance or accomplishments when considered in light of the content or implications or statements made by Anticosti LP. Actual events or results could be significantly different. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements. Anticosti LP does not intend and undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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