SOURCE: Miller Energy Resources

Miller Energy Resources

May 20, 2013 08:30 ET

Miller Energy Resources to Begin Drilling Sword #1 Well

Company Secures Third Drilling Rig

ANCHORAGE, AK--(Marketwired - May 20, 2013) - Miller Energy Resources, Inc. ("Miller Energy" or the "Company") (NYSE: MILL) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Cook Inlet Energy ("CIE") has entered a contract for the Patterson owned, Rig-191 to drill the Sword #1 well. The Company will mobilize the rig from the nearby Tyonek Village area at the end of May and transport it to an existing pad near its West McArthur River ("WMR") production facility. The 1500 HP rig is constructed with a 750,000 lb. rated mast and is capable of drilling a maximum depth of 24,000 feet.

"We are excited to have secured this rig and for the potential that the Sword #1 well holds for the Company," said David Hall, CEO of CIE. "We will be drilling into the adjacent fault block to the prolific West McArthur River Unit, right in the middle of proven oil fields."

The Sword #1 is designed as an extended reach well to be directionally drilled to 19,000 feet. It will target probable reserves in an adjacent fault block to the WMR field and test an up thrown fault closure. Company owned 3D seismic over the prospect area shows a faulted four-way closure with a 240 acre structure that contains an estimated recoverable 800,000 barrels of oil.

Between 1964 and 1965, Pan American Corporation drilled the West Foreland's Unit #1 well into the same fault block targeted for the Sword #1. The West Foreland's mud logs had oil shows throughout the 500 foot thick Hemlock formation, the primary target for Sword #1.

About Miller Energy Resources

Miller Energy Resources, Inc. is an oil and natural gas exploration, production and drilling company operating in multiple exploration and production basins in North America. Miller's focus is in Cook Inlet, Alaska and in the heart of Tennessee's Appalachian Basin including the Mississippian Lime and Chattanooga Shale. Miller is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee with offices in Anchorage, Alaska and Huntsville, Tennessee. The company's common stock is listed on the NYSE under the symbol MILL.

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Certain statements in this press release and elsewhere by Miller Energy Resources¸ Inc. are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve the implied assessment that the resources described can be profitably produced in the future, based on certain estimates and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by Miller Energy Resources, Inc. and described in the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, the potential for Miller Energy to experience additional operating losses; high debt costs under its existing senior credit facility; potential limitations imposed by debt covenants under its senior credit facility on its growth and ability to meet business objectives; the need to enhance management, systems, accounting, controls and reporting performance; uncertainties related to the filing of its Form 10-K for 2011; litigation risks; its ability to perform under the terms of its oil and gas leases, and exploration licenses with the Alaska DNR, including meeting the funding or work commitments of those agreements; its ability to successfully acquire, integrate and exploit new productive assets in the future; its ability to recover proved undeveloped reserves and convert probable and possible reserves to proved reserves; risks associated with the hedging of commodity prices; its dependence on third party transportation facilities; concentration risk in the market for the oil we produce in Alaska; the impact of natural disasters on its Cook Inlet Basin operations; adverse effects of the national and global economic downturns on our profitability; the imprecise nature of its reserve estimates; drilling risks; fluctuating oil and gas prices and the impact on results from operations; the need to discover or acquire new reserves in the future to avoid declines in production; differences between the present value of cash flows from proved reserves and the market value of those reserves; the existence within the industry of risks that may be uninsurable; constraints on production and costs of compliance that may arise from current and future environmental, FERC and other statutes, rules and regulations at the state and federal level; the impact that future legislation could have on access to tax incentives currently enjoyed by Miller; that no dividends may be paid on its common stock for some time; cashless exercise provisions of outstanding warrants; market overhang related to restricted securities and outstanding options, and warrants; the impact of non-cash gains and losses from derivative accounting on future financial results; and risks to non-affiliate shareholders arising from the substantial ownership positions of affiliates. Additional information on these and other factors, which could affect Miller's operations or financial results, are included in Miller Energy Resources, Inc.'s reports on file with United States Securities and Exchange Commission including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2012. Miller Energy Resources, Inc.'s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in its periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its Web site ( All forward-looking statements attributable to Miller Energy Resources or to persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements should circumstances or management's estimates or opinions change unless otherwise required under securities law.

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