West Hawk Development Corp.
TSX VENTURE : WHD
FRANKFURT : H5N

West Hawk Development Corp.

May 05, 2008 17:13 ET

New Executive Joins West Hawk to Advance Coal, Gas and Gasification Projects

DENVER, COLORADO--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - West Hawk Development Corp. ("West Hawk") (TSX VENTURE:WHD)(FRANKFURT:H5N) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew P. Schissler is joining the company effective immediately as Executive Vice President of Engineering. Dr. Schissler will be responsible in leading design, engineering, and construction of all projects including the BC - Groundhog, NWT - Tulita, and Ellesmere Island coal properties in Canada; the Figure Four Gas Project in Colorado, a US coal project and expanding energy opportunities in North America, Latin America, and China. As West Hawk grows as a premier clean energy company focused on the vision of coal to steel, coal-to-gas, and coal-to-liquids, and coal-to-power, fortifying our engineering design is required. Dr. Schissler will be responsible for all disciplines of engineering including project, mining, geological, environmental, civil, mechanical, electrical, socioeconomic, and process. Dr. Schissler will report to Dr. Wm. Mark Hart, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Schissler has 33 years of international experience in coal, gas, and other minerals. He has held positions from Laborer to Vice President in mines and plants, and corporate assignments at companies including Cyprus Amax Minerals, Southern Utah Fuel Company, Consol Energy, and Stolar Research. He was also on the graduate faculty of The Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. His educational profile includes a Bachelor of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy in Mining and Earth Systems Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He holds an M.B.A. degree from Regis University, Denver Colorado. Dr. Schissler is a Professional Engineer in 2 states and a Certified Mine Foreman in 3 states. He is a Founding Registered Member of the Society of Mining Engineers-earned credential signifying expertise in independent mineral valuation.

Dr. Wm, Mark Hart, President and CEO, offered, "Dr. Schissler brings a wealth of proven engineering experience and results, and we welcome him in joining the West Hawk Team to build an energy company." Dr. Schissler remarked, "I am pleased to have the opportunity to work for our excellent team and organization that has one goal: build an energy company maximizing value to shareholders and the local communities where we reside."

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Dr. Wm. Mark Hart, President and Chief Executive Officer

About the Company: West Hawk Development Corp. is focused on providing valuable, high-demand energy products from a variety of sources. Assets include the Figure Four natural gas property located in the Piceance Basin, Colorado, being developed under a drilling and development agreement; the Groundhog coal property located in northwest British Columbia; the Tulita coal property in the Northwest Territories; and the Ellesmere Island, Nunavut Territory coal property.

Cautionary Note: This report contains forward looking statements, particularly those regarding cash flow, capital expenditures and investment plans. Resource estimates, unless specially noted, are considered speculative. The Company has filed a National Instrument 51-101 Report on the Figure Four property. The Company has filed National Instrument 43-101 Reports for each of the Tulita coal property in the Northwest Territories, the Nunavut Coal property and the Groundhog Coal property. Any and all other resource or reserve estimates are historical in nature, and should not be relied upon. By their nature, forward looking statements involve risk and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on factors that will or may occur in the future. Actual results may vary depending upon exploration activities, industry production, commodity demand and pricing, currency exchange rates, and, but not limited to, general economic factors. Cautionary note to U.S. investors: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission specifically prohibits the use of certain terms, such as "reserves" unless such figures are based upon actual production or formation tests and can be shown to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not yet reviewed and does not take responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this news release.

Contact Information

  • West Hawk Development Corp.
    Dr. Wm. Mark Hart
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (303) 524-1424
    (303) 524-1285 (FAX)
    Website: www.westhawkdevelopment.com