Touchstone to Drill EC Block 4 in Gulf of Mexico

Touchstone Resources has acquired a 4% back in after payout interest in Louisiana Shelf Partners, L.P., a partnership, which owns shallow and deep gas prospects located on 3590.27 acres in East Cameron Parish, La. Touchstone will back in after payout on each well. Offshore leases have been taken in portions of East Cameron Block 4, 17, 18 and 22 (an offshore block is approximately 5000 acres, nearly 8 square miles).

This project is being undertaken in conjunction with Louisiana Coastal Exploration Inc. The partnership has initially targeted prospect reserves of approximately 450 billion cubic feet of gas at depths from 5500 feet to 14,500 feet. Some of these targeted reserves are considered PUD's (Proved Undeveloped) and Probable. Drilling of the first well in Block 4 should commence mid-February and take 40 days to drill. The partnership has recognized potential deep prospects, which could exceed a trillion cubic feet of gas on its properties after complete development of the reserves.