SOURCE: Lotta Coal Inc.

January 17, 2008 09:00 ET

Lotta Coal Completes Wells & Undertakes Testing

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwire - January 17, 2008) - Lotta Coal (PINKSHEETS: LCOL) (FRANKFURT: LC5) today announced that it has completed its 7 wells on the Boyer Field and will complete its pressure and production testing this week.

According to the company, wells# (13-21-109-19 W5), (15-31-108-19 W5), (1-13-108-19 W5), (2-6-109-19 W5), (1-25-108-19 W5), (1-18-109-19 W5), (15-33-108-19 W5), all tested positive and will produce commercial volumes of gas. Once the testing is completed, the data will be analyzed by Reliance Engineering Group Ltd., in order to obtain an independent reserve report (51-101) and said report is expected to be released by or before February 20, 2008.

"We are very happy with the results and look forward to the release of the 51-101 to finally confirm production and reserve potentials beyond our initial expectations," said Dr. Nicolas Matossian, President and CEO of Lotta Coal. "We will now concentrate on the construction of the feeder pipeline to begin producing from our gas wells, and immediately start planning for the balance of our development drilling program in Boyer," further added Dr. Matossian.

About Lotta Coal Inc.

Lotta Coal Inc. is a unique oil and gas company with three separate wholly owned operating subsidiaries, each with rights to explore and develop oil and gas resources in partnership with different First Nations commercial entities in Northern Alberta, Canada. The Company is publicly traded on the over-the-counter market under the Ticker symbol LCOL, and in Frankfurt LC5.

Shares Outstanding:     228,000,000
Shares Authorized:      400,000,000
Approx. Public Float:   22,000,000

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