Contact Exploration Inc.

Contact Exploration Inc.

October 31, 2007 23:02 ET

Contact Exploration Inc.: Operations Update on Nova Scotia Shale Acreage

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 31, 2007) -


Contact Exploration Inc. ("Contact"), (TSX VENTURE:CEX) is pleased to announce that Triangle Petroleum Corporation ("Triangle") has reported the completion of drilling of the Kennetcook #2 well, the second of two wells drilled in Contact's Windsor Shale Block. Triangle has also discussed future operations and plans for the prospect. Contact holds a 30% non-operated interest and Triangle is the operator with a 70% working interest in the Windsor Shale Block. In their release dated October 31, 2007, Triangle stated:

"Triangle Petroleum Corporation (the "Company" or "Triangle") (OTCBB:TPLM) is pleased to report that the Company has now drilled two exploration test wells into the Horton Bluff shale formation on its 516,000 gross acre land position in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Horton Bluff shale formation is the exploration target for an unconventional gas resource play.

Drilling and Evaluation Programs -

The following is a summary of the two wells drilled in the Company's Windsor Basin land block.

The first well, Kennetcook #1, reached a total depth of 4,390 feet and was rig released on September 15, 2007 after running casing to total depth. Kennetcook #1 is located 25 miles west of the community of Truro, Nova Scotia. This well was extensively cored over an interval of 1,150 feet. Advanced well log data was acquired on this well and the data is currently being integrated with the special core measurements performed by service companies with extensive unconventional shale gas expertise.

The second well, Kennetcook #2, reached a total depth of 6,350 feet and was rig released on October 13, 2007 after running casing to total depth. Kennetcook #2 is located approximately two miles north-west of Kennetcook #1 and was cored over an interval of 430 feet. Similar logging programs to Kennetcook #1 were performed and the integration with shale gas laboratory measurements is currently underway. Based upon preliminary log analysis, the primary shale zone in Kennetcook #2 is approximately 500 feet thick.

Management has concluded that a comprehensive hydraulic fracture stimulation ("completion") program is warranted to assess the Horton Bluff deliverability. The Kennetcook #1 well will be completed first with the results of this operation used to guide the completion planning for Kennetcook #2.

Completion Program -

A stimulation program design has moved forward based on favorable laboratory measurements of rock properties, gas content and fluid compatibility. A large, slick water fracture stimulation program is currently planned for late in the fourth quarter of 2007. Two frac water holding ponds have been constructed, each with the capacity to hold up to 2.5 million gallons of fluid. The program for the first frac single stage treatment is anticipated to be approximately 1 million gallons of slick water with 550,000 pounds of sand proppant volumes. Stimulations of this magnitude are in line with the current stimulations in the Barnett Shale of the Fort Worth Basin and the Fayetteville Shale of the Arkoma Basin.

Seismic Program -

An aggressive seismic program is being acquired: the 25 square mile 3-D program covers our initial target area over the Kennetcook wells and the 30 mile 2-D program extends to another favorable area of the land block. Shot hole drilling for both the 3-D and the 2-D programs has been completed and the data is being recorded. The acquisition and processing phase of the seismic program is expected to be finished by the end of November. Interpretation of this data is expected to occur within 60-90 days of the seismic program being completed. The first priority of the interpreted 3-D seismic program will be to select future well locations.

Gas marketing initiative -

The development of on-shore gas production in Nova Scotia is in a very early phase. Triangle is currently in discussions with various marketing groups to communicate the aggressive exploration program initiatives that are in progress for the Windsor Basin of Nova Scotia. The gas currently marketed into the northeastern U.S. markets is being sold at a premium to other North American producing areas.

Ron Hietala, President of Triangle's operating subsidiaries, comments, "The Company is in a very exciting phase for testing this Canadian shale gas project. Within six months Triangle has moved forward with contracts being signed, followed by new drilling to proprietary seismic and now on to completion activities. The ability to operate and move forward under its own timetable has contributed significantly to where the Company is today.""

Contact is encouraged by the above mentioned favorable results of the laboratory measurements of the core samples in the first two wells, and the plans to move forward with a fracture stimulation. The farm-out of the Windsor block to Triangle was announced by Contact 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 70% operated 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 America with pipeline and refinery infrastructure in place.

Contact has onshore interests in approximately 700,000 acres in Nova Scotia, approximately 160,000 acres in west Newfoundland and approximately 165,000 acres in 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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