SOURCE: Gastar Exploration, Ltd.

June 28, 2005 13:16 ET

Gastar Exploration, Ltd. Announces Latest Well Results in East Texas Deep Bossier Area

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 28, 2005 -- Gastar Exploration, Ltd. (TSX: YGA) (OTC: GSREF) announced today that it has drilled the F-K #2 well to a total depth of 18,700 feet and, based on electric logs, the well encountered approximately 74 net feet of apparent pay in the Deep Bossier lower "K" sands deeper than 18,000 feet and 10 net feet of pay in another Deep Bossier sand at approximately 16,700 feet. The well also encountered over 120 feet of indicated pay based on measured permeability from cores greater than .10 millidarcies, cross-over neutron density porosity greater than 8% and indicated natural fracturing per Halliburton Ultra-Log analysis in the shallower Travis Peak formation. Gastar is in the process of installing a 5-inch string of casing and will begin completion and testing operations in the apparent Deep Bossier pay zones. The completion activities are expected to take approximately 60 days and, if successful, initial production is expected by mid September 2005.

Gastar is currently drilling the Donelson #1 well as an offset location to one of the deep wells drilled by another company in the early 1980s, the Tipco Lanier #1, which tested and produced from the Deep Bossier formation. Gastar is currently setting the intermediate string of casing at a depth of 11,000 feet after encountering an apparent commercial discovery based on significant gas shows while drilling in the Pettet formation at a depth of approximately 10,200 feet.

Gastar's President & CEO, J. Russell Porter, issued the following comments: "The F-K #2 well is Gastar's fifth Deep Bossier well. The F-K #2 well is further confirmation that numerous deep gas-bearing sands are present over a large aerial extent and that multiple potential pay zones reduce the risk of drilling uneconomic wells on Gastar's 50,000 gross acre (approximately 37,000 net acres) lease position. Gastar has recently contracted for the acquisition of an approximate 60 square mile 3-D seismic survey covering the majority of its holdings in the Deep Bossier play and believes that this additional information will allow the Company to more optimally place future wells. Gastar is also beginning the process of analyzing the shallower potential pay zones on its acreage as a result of the shallow pays seen to date in the Donelson #1 well and numerous gas shows and encouraging core information in several recent wells that appear to be related to natural fracturing in the Travis Peak formation. While these shallower formations, especially the Travis Peak, have the potential for significant additional reserves, our focus will continue to be the Deep Bossier play, but understanding the additional economic reserves in these shallower formations can only add to the value we are creating."

Gastar Exploration, Ltd. is an exploration and production company focused on finding and developing natural gas assets in North America and Australia. The Company pursues a balanced strategy combining select higher risk, deep natural gas exploration prospects with low-risk CBM development. The Company owns and controls exploration and development acreage in the Deep Bossier gas play of East Texas and exploration acreage in the deep Trenton-Black River play in the Appalachian Basin. Gastar's CBM activities are conducted within the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and upon the approximate 3.5 million acres controlled by Gastar and its Joint Development partners in Australia's Gunnedah Basin, PEL 238, and Gippsland Basin, EL 4416, located in New South Wales and Victoria respectively.

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