SOURCE: Lotta Coal, Inc.

April 19, 2007 09:00 ET

Lotta Coal's Investment Group Increases Initial Funding to $10 Million

CALGARY, AB -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2007 --Lotta Coal, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: LCOL) today announced it has received notice by the Bahamas-based Investment Group that the initial funding will be increased to USD $10 million by exercising its first warrants for USD $2 million, in addition to the agreed USD $8 million initial funding.

Pursuant to the agreement, the investor will invest up to a total of USD $189 million, which is comprised of USD $8 million in initial funding and USD $181 million in warrants, of which USD $2 million will now be exercised at closing and the remaining USD $179 million can be exercised over the following 60-month period.

"The increase in the initial financing is a vote of confidence by the investment group following due-diligence, reflecting among other things the support and cooperation of our partners, the First Nations in assisting us in that process," said Dr. Nicolas Matossian, Interim President of Lotta Coal. "The additional funding will enable us to extend our initial seismic, land acquisition and drilling programs, and further develop our Lesser Slave and Boyer properties," added Dr. Matossian.

The USD $10 million funding will enable the company to construct the pipeline and feeder pipeline for its existing 8 proven gas wells, and immediately drill and tie in an additional 8 wells this summer. The additional 8 wells have the same high probability of success as the 8 wells drilled previously, and the investor has expressed its commitment to exercise further warrants once these wells are tied in. In addition the Company will acquire up to 12,000 hectares of additional lands this summer, drill two wells and undertake a 3D seismic program to select further drilling locations on its Peace Arch property by the fall. The Company is planning to drill up to 156 additional gas wells on its existing Boyer lands in the winter of 2007/2008, which are expected to generate significant cash-flows and profits for shareholders. Currently Lotta Coal Inc. has over 100,000 acres of land, which are all located in prime oil and gas producing areas of Alberta, and the company plans to further develop its existing properties as well as continue to acquire probable and producing properties.

The company expects to release further information regarding the private investment group and the intended use of proceeds from the financing as the transaction advances towards the closing.

About Lotta Coal

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.

The Company has been able to assemble over 100,000 acres of land, all with a 100% interest. It successfully drilled seven wells and re-entered a further well in the Boyer field, and is preparing engineering for tie-in to infrastructure. Over $3,600,000 has been invested since September 2006 on drilling and acquisition activities, including a successful shallow gas drilling program that produced seven out of seven wells to be put into production.

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