The proposed merger was announced on June 23, 2006, and is expected to be completed immediately following the satisfaction of customary closing conditions set forth in the merger agreement. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Western stockholders will receive $61.00 per share in cash for each share of common stock.
Western is an independent natural gas explorer, producer, gatherer, processor, transporter and energy marketer. The Company's producing properties are located primarily in Wyoming, including the developing Powder River Basin coal bed methane play, where Western is a leading acreage holder and producer, and the rapidly growing Pinedale Anticline. The Company also owns and operates natural gas gathering, processing and treating facilities in major gas-producing basins in the Rocky Mountain, Mid-Continent and West Texas regions of the United States.
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