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March 08, 2005 09:00 ET

NaturalGasStocks.com Reports: First Annual C.K. Cooper Small-Cap Oil & Gas Conference Highlights Energy Industry's Niche Players With Upside Opportunities

From Coal-Bed Methane to Natural Gas and Oil, From Exploration to Production, Presenting Companies Represent Attractive Propositions for Mergers or Acquisitions

POINT ROBERTS, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2005 -- www.NaturalGasStocks.com (NGS), a global investor website for the natural gas sector, recently sponsored and attended the first annual C.K. Cooper Small-Cap Oil & Gas Conference, which was held at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California, February 18th. The conference offered a unique opportunity for investors to hear from the management of thirteen small cap exploration and production companies, including featured NGS company, Heartland Oil & Gas Corp (OTC BB: HOGC).

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Article Excerpt: NaturalGasStocks.com Reports: First Annual C.K. Cooper Small-Cap Oil & Gas Conference Highlights Energy Industry's Niche Players with Upside Opportunities

From Coal-Bed Methane to Natural Gas and Oil, From Exploration to Production, Presenting Companies Represent Attractive Propositions for Mergers or Acquisitions

By Brian Eriksen Noer, NaturalGasStocks.com
March 2005
C.K. Cooper's goal as a company has always been to educate their clients and to present them with sound investment advice. This philosophy was extended to encompass the proceedings at their conference. C.K. Cooper gathered a group of presenting oil and gas companies, all of whom fit the mold of being smaller issues that are beginning to develop their own niche opportunities, and which will eventually become attractive to a larger E&P company as a potential acquisition.

Phil McPherson, Director of Research with C.K. Cooper said, "The long term opportunity within the energy sector remains robust. Large cap E&P companies will spend more money on stock buy-backs and dividends than on global exploration projects, during a time of record commodity prices. This should send one clear message to investors: Large cap E&P companies are cash rich and opportunity poor. Our group of small cap companies are opportunity rich, with limited cash budgets. The conclusion: mergers and acquisitions of these companies should increase to a record pace in 2005."

"It is easy to state that the energy sector is the place to be for investors," said Stan Ross, CEO and President of Infinity Inc. (NASDAQ: IFNY). "If you as an investor can find the young small cap companies that are truly trading and have some upside (not the ones where the stock is so thinly traded that their stock is somewhat manipulated), companies like the ones presenting today at the C.K. Cooper conference, there is great upside available. If I was on the outside and not involved with Infinity I would come to Phil McPherson and the C.K. Cooper group and definitely look at the companies that they have brought together, because they have a great track record."

"We anticipate that 2005 will be a continuation of the past two years," said Tom Riley President of Petroleum Development Corporation (NASDAQ: PETD), "during which we have seen strong commodities pricing, oil remained strong, and natural gas is also staying strong in spite of a very mild winter and summer of 2004. Our perception is that there is currently a combination of mild demand coupled with a strong commodity pricing environment which should remain bullish for 2005."

Tim Rochford, President of Arena Resources (AMEX: ARD), predicted a number of exciting developments for the industry in 2005: "We are seeing oil prices closer to $50 a barrel than $40 and that will continue to be the case; we are seeing gas holding at north of $5 and comfortably so. In 2005 we will see a number of companies change, either through mergers, acquisitions, or sell outs -- there will be a change in complexion."

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Heartland Oil & Gas Corp (OTC BB: HOGC) Heartland is developing approximately 915,000 acres of coal bed methane lands in the Forest City Basin (FCB) in the state of Kansas, USA. Using an 80 acre spacing the acreage is expected to provide approximately 10,000 drill locations. The company currently has 89 wells, in eight pilots including 55 CBM wells that are currently dewatering and/or venting gas, 26 CBM wells awaiting stimulation and 8 saltwater disposal wells. Heartland's recent acquisition of Evergreen Resources' FCB assets and $44.5 Million financing provide for long term growth. http://www.heartlandoilandgas.com/

Petrol Oil and Gas, Inc., is producing oil, gas, and Coal Bed Methane at properties in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri. Recently, the Company acquired 71 CBM producing wells in Southeast Kansas on 10,000 acres flowing about 3,000 Mcf per day. The new property has the potential for another 100 drillable sites, and the Company plans to utilize cash flow generated from this project to fund the aggressive drilling program currently underway. http://www.petroloilandgas.com/

Silver Star Energy, Inc., is committed to the exploration and development of oil and natural gas reserves throughout western North America. Company management is focused on an acquisition program targeting high quality, low risk prospects provided via key strategic partnerships. The Company has its first producing gas well being tied-in to pipeline in California, and excellent prospects both there and in Alberta. http://www.silverstarenergy.com/

Avalon Gold Corporation has an undivided 85% working interest in a giant gas field lease in the prolific natural gas producing Uinta Basin, located in the US Rockies, Utah. The lease comprises 13,189 acres with a potential 4 TCF recoverable gas and is overpressured by a 0.55 - 0.85 gradient. Avalon states that its Uinta Basin Prospect has the potential of being a Giant Gas Field similar to the Drunkards Wash Field and the Jonah Field, both recognized gas fields. The Drunkards Wash Field, just south of Avalon's prospect area, is estimated to be between 2-4 TCF of recoverable gas. The Jonah Field Overpressured Gas Plain, which is analogous to the Company's prospect area, has similar overpressuring, depth, reservoir rocks and is estimated to be 2.5+ TCF. http://www.avalongold.ws/

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