Western Lakota Energy Services Inc.
TSX : WLE

Western Lakota Energy Services Inc.

March 29, 2005 12:17 ET

Western Lakota Receives $887,500 Payment and Closes Rig Sale to the Blood Tribe

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Mar. 29, 2005) - Western Lakota Energy Services Inc. (WLE - TSX
Venture), announces that it has received an $887,500 payment and closed the sale of a 50% interest in
a drilling rig to the Blood Tribe. This payment is in addition to a $1.1 million non-refundable
deposit the Company received from the Blood Tribe in the second quarter of 2004. Prior to making
this payment, the Blood Tribe was earning a 28% net profit interest in the rig.

This drilling rig is now being held in a limited partnership formed by Western Lakota and the Blood
Tribe. This is the first rig owned in partnership with the Blood Tribe, which is located west of
Lethbridge in southwest Alberta. Western Lakota also owns rigs in partnership with the Dene Tha' First
Nation, Samson Cree Nation, Saddle Lake First Nation, Metis Nation of Alberta, Duncan's First Nation
and Horse Lake First Nation.

One of Canada's fastest-growing drilling contractors, Western Lakota currently operates 16 rigs and
plans to grow its fleet to 24 rigs by the end of 2005. The Company works closely with Aboriginal
communities through ownership and employment opportunities. Western Lakota continues to provide one of
the newest fleets of safe and efficient drilling rigs in Canada, while striving to deliver strong
results for shareholders, customers and partners.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • Western Lakota Energy Services Inc.
    Elson McDougald
    President and C.E.O.
    (403) 214-5953
    Email: elson@westernlakota.com
    Website: www.westernlakota.com
    or
    Western Lakota Energy Services Inc.
    1050, 400 - 5th Avenue SW,
    Calgary, Alberta T2P 0L6
    (403) 214-5970
    (403) 214-5955
    (FAX)