West Hawk Development Corp.
TSX VENTURE : WHD
FRANKFURT : H5N

West Hawk Development Corp.

December 21, 2007 20:03 ET

West Hawk Development Corp.: Gonzalo Torres-Macchiavello Appointed to Board of Directors

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2007) - West Hawk Development Corp. ("West Hawk") (TSX VENTURE:WHD)(FRANKFURT:H5N) (the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Gonzalo Torres-Macchiavello to the board of directors of West Hawk Development. Currently Mr. Torres-Macchiavello is the company's Senior Vice President Operations.

Mr. Torres-Macchiavello holds a master's degree in business administration from the University Fundacao Getulio Vargas - FGV, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration from the University Universidade de Brasilia - UNB, Brasilia, Brazil. Mr. Torres-Macchiavello has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector (power generation, electricity distribution, gasification and natural gas), including senior international managerial positions in AES GENER (the largest independent power producer in the world), NRG Energy Inc. (second largest independent power producer in the world), Pennsylvania Power & Light - EMEL, Vattenfall Sweden - CEDLLC affiliate (one of the largest European utilities), SARCOAL Energy Italy and EMSA Construction Brazil.

Mr. Torres-Macchiavello has broad international experience, and has been responsible for continental regions and developed projects in North America, South America, Central America, Europe and Africa. Responsibilities have included business development, project management, commercial, finance, asset management, interaction with government, regulatory entities and P & L responsibility.

"Mr. Torres-Macchiavello has been developing an extremely important role within West Hawk Development supporting the natural gas project activities and working towards the company's most recent focus of attention, which is to bring the company's gasification arm to fruition. We are extremely pleased to have someone like Mr. Torres-Macchiavello in our company bringing a proven track record in management and being responsible for the evaluation, development and operation of projects ranging from US$50 million to $3.5 billion," commented Dr. Wm. Mark Hart, president and chief executive officer of West Hawk.

In other news, the Company announces that it has granted 450,000 incentive stock options at an exercise price of $0.20 per share until December 20, 2009, subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

About the Company: West Hawk Development Corp. is focused on providing valuable, high-demand energy products from a variety of sources. Assets include the Figure Four natural gas property located in the Piceance Basin, Colorado, being developed under a drilling and development agreement; the Tulita coal property in the Northwest Territories; the Groundhog coal property located in northwest British Columbia; and the Ellesmere Island, Nunavut Territory coal property.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Dr. Wm. Mark Hart, President and Chief Executive Officer

Cautionary Note: This report contains forward looking statements, particularly those regarding cash flow, capital expenditures and investment plans. Resource estimates, unless specially noted, are considered speculative. The Company has filed a National Instrument 51-101 Report on the Figure Four property. The Company has filed National Instrument 43-101 Reports for the Tulita coal property in the Northwest Territories, the Nunavut Coal property and the Groundhog Coal property. A qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as current mineral resources, the issuer is not treating the historical estimate as current mineral resources and the historical estimate should not be relied upon. Any and all other resource or reserve estimates are historical in nature, and should not be relied upon. By their nature, forward looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on factors that will or may occur in the future. Actual results may vary depending upon exploration activities, industry production, commodity demand and pricing, currency exchange rates, and, but not limited to, general economic factors. Cautionary note to U.S. investors: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission specifically prohibits the use of certain terms, such as "reserves" unless such figures are based upon actual production or formation tests and can be shown to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not yet reviewed and does not take responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this news release.

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