Commenting on the purchase, Andrew Calerich, American's President, stated "we are extremely pleased to be able to substantially increase our ownership in the Fetter project, an area that we believe holds significant long term potential for our company and our shareholders, and equally pleased that BlackRock, Inc. has chosen to increase their funds' ownership interest in American."
* At American's Fetter project, the State 4-36-H well is currently at a vertical depth of 11,480' in the Niobrara formation. The operator is continuing to drill with the objective of setting 7 inch casing at or near the top of the targeted Frontier formation, which is expected to be encountered at approximately 11,535'. The well design then calls \ for drilling to proceed horizontally into the Frontier formation. Drilling has proceeded more slowly than originally projected due to a combination of difficulties involved with running and retrieving the bottom hole drilling assemblies (the bit, mud motor and other related tools) in this high angle directional hole, which in a casing drilling operation is done by wire line. Recent operations include circulating out natural gas flows as drilling has progressed through the fractured Niobrara formation.
* At the Krejci project, the Krejci Federal 3-29 well reached its targeted total depth on August 21st, after achieving the desired goal of drilling an approximate 1,600 foot horizontal lateral through the targeted Mowry formation. Favorable electric log data combined with other favorable information obtained while drilling has resulted in a decision to complete and test the well. Casing has been installed and testing is currently scheduled to commence in mid-September. Subject to availability of services, stimulation and testing operations may take up to 8 weeks. A series of flow tests and artificial fracture procedures are planned. A second well targeting the Mowry is planned to commence drilling on the Krejci project within approximately 120 days. In both of these wells, American is to be carried through the tanks for its 45% working interest.
* The Nabors Rig 462 used on the Krejci Federal 3-29 well is being mobilized to the 20 Mile Creek Federal 2-8 well, the first of a planned two well program to be drilled at the North Walker Creek prospect. The second well is planned to begin drilling immediately following the first. The North Walker Creek prospect, which was developed by Davis Petroleum Corp, is an approximate 5,600 gross acre prospect located within the Krejci area of mutual interest that was established under the agreement with Brigham Exploration Company. The objectives of the first well are the Muddy and Morrison formations to approximately 9,800' and the objective in the second well is the Muddy formation at approximately 9,500'. Brigham will operate the wells with a 37.5% working interest. American owns a 33.75% working interest in the wells and in the prospect with the remaining working interest being owned by Davis Petroleum (25%) and North Finn, LLC (3.75%).
* American expects drilling operations to commence in its Goliath project in mid-September with the spudding of the Evertson AOG Champion 1-25H well. This well, in which American owns a 50% working interest, is a planned multi-lateral horizontal well targeting the Bakken formation in the Williston Basin of North Dakota.
American Oil and Gas, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in exploration, development and production of hydrocarbon reserves primarily in the Rocky Mountain region.
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