Contact Exploration Inc.

Contact Exploration Inc.

October 01, 2007 20:27 ET

Contact Exploration Inc.: Drilling of Kennetcook #2 Well Underway and Update of Kennetcook #1 Well on Shale Gas Acreage in Windsor, Nova Scotia

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2007) - Contact Exploration Inc. ("Contact") (TSX VENTURE:CEX) is pleased to announce that Triangle Petroleum Corporation ("Triangle"), has commenced drilling a second vertical well, the Kennetcook #2 well, on Contact's Windsor Block in Nova Scotia. In addition to the continued drilling operations, initial comments and a progress report on the evaluation of the Kennetcook #1 have been released by Triangle.

Triangle has announced that the Precision Rig #176 is continuing the shale gas drilling program at the Kennetcook #2 well. This well is the second of Triangle's two planned vertical wells in the Windsor Basin. The second well has a planned depth of approximately 1,675 metres, with a proposed coring interval of 200 metres. Triangle is the operator of the well and has earned a 70% interest in Contact's 516,000 gross acre Windsor Block by completing the Kennetcook #1 well.

As announced by Contact on September 6, 2007, the Kennetcook #1 well in the Windsor Block was drilled by Triangle. Drilling was completed on September 13, 2007 at a total depth of approximately 1,360 metres, with nearly 400 metres of core section being obtained. As a result of the log analysis and preliminary lab work, the primary zone of interest in the well was determined to be over 100 metres of thickness, with a secondary zone of an approximate thickness of 80 metres. The core is now being analyzed at Omni Labs in Houston, Texas for rock property determination. Geochemical work is being performed by Humble Labs in Houston, Texas as well as Global Geoenergy in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Gas content analysis via desorption measurements are being evaluated by Ticora in Arvada, Colorado. In addition, in depth petrophysical (log) analysis is being performed by Schlumberger, specifically utilizing their shale expertise in Calgary, Alberta and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. An integrated log and core study is expected in November.

The above mentioned analysis of a potential shale gas resource is a proven technique utilized in other shale basins in North America, including the prolific Barnett Shale in West Texas and the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas. In parallel with the analysis process, Triangle has also commenced active planning of a completion process to maximize exploitation of the resource. This includes the necessary regulatory approvals and the design of an appropriate hydraulic fracture stimulation procedure for the wellbores.

To further define the extent of the potential resource, Triangle is also planning a significant 3-D and 2-D seismic program in the Windsor block. Acquisition of the data will commence shortly, and interpretation of the seismic data is expected by early in 2008.

For more information and ongoing updates please refer to the Triangle Petroleum Corporation website at under the heading "recent news".

Contact announced the farm-out of the Windsor block to Triangle on June 11, 2007. By moving to a non-operated working interest in the Windsor block, Contact is able to still participate significantly in the area with a company whose expertise is shale gas exploitation, while allocating operational resources to the Stoney Creek field production and South Stoney Creek exploration activities. Additionally, Triangle has the option to earn a working interest in Contact's 68,000 acre shale gas horizon in New Brunswick.

About Contact

Contact Exploration Inc. is a junior exploration company with a focus on Canadian East Coast onshore exploration. Contact's land claims and holdings are located in close proximity to the largest consumption markets in North American with pipeline and refinery infrastructure in place.

Contact has interests in approximately 1.5 million acres onshore Nova Scotia, approximately 160,000 acres onshore West Newfoundland and 165,000 acres onshore New Brunswick which includes the Stoney Creek Field (approximately 5500 acres), a field with estimated proved and probable reserves of 1.2 million barrels of oil and 6.5 bcf of natural gas.

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