West Hawk Development Corp.
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West Hawk Development Corp.

September 28, 2005 06:00 ET

West Hawk Receives Groundhog Licenses and NI 43-101 Report

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 28, 2005) - West Hawk Development Corp. (the "Company"), (TSX VENTURE:WHD) is pleased to announce that it has received confirmation from Victoria that the licenses for the company's Groundhog Coal Project have been approved by the Coal Licensing Bureau and the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

The company is also pleased to announce the receipt of its National Instrument 43-101 report verifying the historical data on the 12,000 ha. Groundhog Coal Field.

Based on past evaluations of the numerous showings, exploratory adits and previous drilling, resource calculations from the stratographic studies are as follows:



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Total Seam Average
Parcel Application Area Thickness Dip
Block Numbers Ha (m) Degree
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Discovery/Evans Ck 416813 1410 1.12 (coal
416818/17 1056 product) 13
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Mt Jackson 416812 2074
416821 518
416853 431 7.43 (raw
416889 809 coal) 22.5
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Langlois/Tefer Ck. 416826 1063 8.02(raw) 29.8
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Skeena 416814 568 10.50(raw) 26
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Panorama North 416815 633
416819 142 6.00 (raw) 40
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Dave 416820 426 6.00 (raw) 40
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Grizzly Gulch 416918 561 1.65 (raw) 24.8
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Influence
Parcel Area Inferred Speculative
Block (m2) (Tonnes) (Tonnes)
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Discovery/Evans Ck 14,100,000 27,552,570
10,560,000 20,635,115
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Mt Jackson 20,740,000 283,550,970
5,180,000 70,819,380
4,310,000 58,925,010
8,090,000 110,604,020
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Langlois/Tefer Ck. 10,630,000 167,014,510
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Skeena 5,680,000 112,804,485
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Panorama North 6,330,000 84,284,930
1,420,000 18,907,520
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Dave 4,260,000 56,722,560
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Grizzly Gulch 5,610,000 17,334,700
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Totals 48,187,685 980,968,085
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The above resources have been classified according to (GSC) Paper 88-21A. A Standardized Coal Resource/Reserve Reporting System for Canada.

The report also indicates the premium nature of the Anthracite products achievable with values exceeding 15,000 Btu's, low sulfur, low volatility and high carbon characteristics including "PCI" (pulverized coal injection) coal for which market growth is six times greater than that of other metallurgical coals. Other uses include smokeless coal for home heating and water purification all commanding premium to market pricing. The report also highlights the projects proximity to rail and port, the size potential and favorable stratigraphy that lends itself well to both surface and underground mining methods, including modern coal auguring technology.

"As world energy supplies tighten and prices rise, a new era of green energy has become economically viable," states Christopher Verrico Executive VP. "These are exiting times for those in a position to exploit the latest advancements in combined cycle coal gasification to diesel and electrical generation technology. These technologies are achieving high rates of economic return while far exceeding the cleanest of present day emission standards. We are very pleased with the resources inferred in the 43-101 report as they meet the threshold requirements for further discussions with Coal to Liquid industry partners."

Additional further possibilities exist at the Groundhog coal field, for implementation of Underground in-situ Coal Gasification technologies, as successful trials of the 90 year old technology have been conducted since 1999, in Queensland, Australia. With support from the Australian Government the commercial scale trials have proven the process to be environmentally sound liberating 75% of contained energy consuming 95% of the coals.

The Company is in discussions with industry partners and venture capital groups with the aim to enter a joint venture to construct a co-production facility producing sulfur free bio-diesel and low emission electrical power.

The company is also pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Belumeur, PhD. to the Company's Advisory Board. Dr. Belhumeur is a public relations consultant specializing in First Nations territorial land use issues. Dr. Belhumeur has spent seven years consulting on mining projects involving Aboriginal citizens and the mining and forestry industries. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Aboriginal Miners and Prospectors association and President of Morning Star Public Relations.

Dr. Belumeur's experience with First Nations issues and his history of successful negotiations will enhance the Company's plans for developing its coal interests and its ability to explore avenues of synergy with First Nations People for future cooperative pursuits.

The technical information in this news release has been reviewed by Don Wedman, P. Eng., author of the National Instrument 43101 report and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

About the Company - West Hawk is a mineral exploration and development company committed to building shareholder value through the acquisition of 100% interest's in highly perspective mineral properties with a focus on Coal and Copper.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael Townsend, President and CEO

This news release contains certain "Forward-Looking Statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are disclosed in the Company's documents filed from time to time with the British Columbia Securities Commission and the United States Securities & Exchange Commission.

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