SOURCE: Aspen Exploration Corporation

August 04, 2005 12:50 ET

Aspen Exploration Tests One Gas Well and Successfully Drills a Second Gas Well

Malton Black Butte Field, Tehama County, California

DENVER, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 4, 2005 -- Aspen Exploration Corporation (OTCBB: ASPN), with offices in Bakersfield, California, and Denver, Colorado, announced today an additional gas discovery in the Sacramento Valley gas province of northern California.

The Merrill #31-1 well located in the Malton Black Butte Field, Tehama County, California, was drilled to a depth of 4,875 feet and encountered approximately 200 feet of potential net gas pay in various intervals in the Forbes and Kione formations. Production casing was run based on favorable mud log and electric log responses. The well will be perforated and tested within the next couple of weeks. The Johnson Unit #11, also located in the Malton Black Butte Field, was perforated in selected Forbes intervals and tested natural gas at the rate of 730 MCFPD. Gas sales should commence in approximately one week after the installation of production and pipeline facilities. We believe several potential gas zones remain behind-pipe in this well. Aspen has a 31% operated working interest in the Johnson #11 and Merrill #31-1 wells.

Aspen is currently drilling the Morris #12-3 well located in the West Grimes Field, Colusa County, California. Aspen has 6 additional wells to drill this year in the Sacramento Valley. Please refer to the news release dated July 28, 2005 for additional details on these wells and on the Malton Black Butte and West Grimes Gas Fields.

Aspen drilled ten successful gas wells out of ten attempts in 2004 for a 100% success rate, and two gas wells out of three attempted in 2005. During the previous 41/4 years, Aspen participated in the drilling of 27 operated wells, 23 of which were completed as gas wells, and 4 dry holes which were plugged and abandoned, a success rate of 85%. Aspen currently operates 46 gas wells and has non-operated interests in 15 additional wells in the Sacramento Valley of northern California.

Future news releases will keep shareholders informed of Aspen's continuing progress and drilling activity. Aspen's stock is quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol ASPN. For more information concerning Aspen, contact Bob Cohan, President and CEO, in Aspen's Bakersfield office at (661) 831-4669. Aspen's web page can be found at


This news release contains information that is "forward looking" in that it describes events and conditions which Aspen Exploration Corporation ("Aspen") reasonably expects to occur in the future. Expectations for the future performance of the business of Aspen are dependent upon a number of factors, and there can be no assurance that Aspen will achieve the results as contemplated herein and there can be no assurance that Aspen will be able to conduct its operations or production from its properties will continue as contemplated herein. Certain statements contained in this report using the terms "may," "expects to," and other terms denoting future possibilities, are forward-looking statements. The accuracy of these statements cannot be guaranteed as they are subject to a variety of risks which are beyond Aspen's ability to predict or control and which may cause actual results to differ materially from the projections or estimates contained herein. These risks include, but are not limited to: the possibility that the described operations (including any proposed exploration or development drilling) will not be completed on economic terms, if at all, or the estimates of reserves may not be accurate. The exploration for, and development and production of, oil and gas are enterprises attendant with high risk, including the risk of fluctuating prices for oil and natural gas, imports of petroleum products from other countries, the risks of not encountering adequate resources despite expending large sums of money, and the risk that test results and reserve estimates may not be accurate, notwithstanding appropriate precautions. Many of these risks are described herein and in Aspen's annual report on Form 10-KSB, and it is important that each person reviewing this report understand the significant risks attendant to the operations of Aspen. Aspen disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement made herein.

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