Westchester Resources Inc.
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Westchester Resources Inc.

May 16, 2006 09:20 ET

Westchester Updates Drilling in Daly Field

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 16, 2006) -

Thomas Pladsen joins Westchester board

Westchester Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:WSR) ("Westchester" or the "Company") announced today it was informed by its Operator and Joint Venture Partner, Aspen Group Resources Corp., that drilling of the first two horizontal well of its Phase II program in the Daly Field in Manitoba has been completed. The 8-14 well was drilled to a vertical depth of 853 meters. The well was plugged back and kicked off into the target zone and drilled horizontally approximately 1,150 meters encountering good oil shows and formation porosity. The 1-14 well keyed off of an existing log and drilled into the horizontal target 200m east of the surface location and continued for another 1,400 meters. That well also encountered hydrocarbon saturation and porosity indicative of a highly productive formation. The total measured depth of the 8-14 is 1,866 meters and the 1-4 is 2,262 meters. The wells have been secured until completion can commence. The permits necessary to move the completion rig on location will be issued on June 1. The drilling rig is currently being moved to the third drilling location and expects to spud the third well immediately.

The 8-14 and 1-14 are the first two of six wells planned to complete Phase II of the program. Based on the success of Phase II, the rig will continue to develop Phase III, which could include up to 17 additional horizontal and vertical wells. Westchester, through the Joint Venture, owns a 50 percent working interest in leases totalling approximately 2,760 acres in the Daley Field. Consulting geologists estimate that the leases contain approximately 25 drilling locations, which could support multiple wells on each location. The wells will target the Lodgepole and Bakken formations.

Westchester is also pleased to announce that Mr. Thomas Pladsen has joined its board of directors, subject to regulatory approvals.

Mr. Pladsen received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo Ontario, before joining KPMG LPP's Toronto, Ontario office. He was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1985 and moved to KPMG's London, England office. On his return to Canada in 1987, he joined Northfield Capital Corporation, public merchant banking firm, as Vice-President, Finance. Since 1989 he has worked directly with Northfield Capital's public investee companies. These companies have been involved in resource exploration and development in North America and internationally. Mr. Pladsen is currently the president of the general partner for Easton Drilling Funds as well as serving as the CFO of Andina Minerals Inc. and Katanga Mining Limited. In addition to Northfield Capital, Mr. Pladsen sits on the Board of Directors of Katanga Mining Limited and Cimatec Environmental Engineering Inc.

Mr. Pladsen has been granted 200,000 options at strike price of $0.67 for a period of 5 years.

Westchester also announced that Mr. Pat DiCapo has resigned from the board.

"On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to welcome Tom to Westchester," stated Kevin O'Connor, president and CEO of Westchester. "His previous board experience and strong resource accounting background will serve Westchester well as we move forward. We would also like to thank Pat for his contributions to Westchester during his time with Westchester. We wish him well in his future endeavours."

Westchester Resources is an independent oil and gas exploration company. Westchester's operations are focused in North America. The Company's shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "WSR".

Forward Looking Statements - Certain information regarding Westchester set forth in this news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond Westchester's control, including, but not limited to the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, volatility of commodity prices, risks associated with the uncertainty of reserve estimates, currency fluctuations and exploration risk. In addition, there can be no assurance that the flow rate estimated herein can be maintained with the testing conducted. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements.

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