The Oil Sands of Canada hold recoverable reserves of 175 billion barrels with a proven reserve life of 480 years and another 130 billion barrels of potential reserves, which is second only to Saudi Arabia's 262 billion barrels. As a comparison, the United States has only 29 billion barrels of recoverable reserves and has decreasing domestic production while their demand is increasing by 1-2% every year. Canada is in an optimal position to supply oil to the U.S. with its favorable political climate, close proximity and being one of the few non-OPEC countries that can grow its oil production.
Bernie McDougall, President of Micron stated, "This is potentially the most important news that the company has ever had. The oil sands of Alberta is one of the single largest natural resources deposits in the world and for a company of our size to have an interest in multiple leases is a substantial growth driver to build the company on. Now that we are about to start up operations it should signal to our existing and potential shareholders the seriousness of management's commitment to grow the company. It has been a very quiet time for the company recently, but we feel that going forward the company will be far more active on its oil and gas prospects. Currently the stock is trading at more than 75% below our recent highs and that was at a time when we had far less assets and had not yet started work on the Oil Sands prospects we have interest in. We feel that 2007 could be a watershed year in terms of growth for Micron."
Micron has added three additional Alberta Oil Sands leases consisting of 4 new sections in the world-class Athabasca Oil Sands region in 2006. Two of these new sections are within 5 miles of Micron's existing Athabasca Oil Sands Prospect. These two new sections are close to the existing Oil Sands leases held by Connacher Oil and Gas's Great Divide Prospect, as well as to other major Oil Sands projects by Devon, EnCana, and ConocoPhillips. The other new Alberta Oil Sands lease acquired consists of two contiguous sections that lie just southwest of the announced Royal Dutch Shell Plc Oil Sands leases that they recently purchased for approximately $400 million.
Micron is planning to re-initiate a marketing plan to create additional awareness for the company as the oil and gas operations start up. There has been very little marketing since the company changed its symbol to MENV, therefore management feels the market may not be aware of what the company is doing. This plan will primarily be email based and will target 100 percent opt-in private and institutional investors that trade stocks in Micron's price range.
Micron is an emerging oil and gas company that has exposure to four separate leases in the Athabasca Oil Sands of Alberta, Canada, which is the largest Oil Sands region in the world, and has production from multiple conventional oil and gas wells. Micron is one of if not the smallest market capitalized company with exposure to multiple Alberta Oil Sands. Micron's goal is to become a junior oil and gas producer that focuses on the exploration, discovery and delivery of gas and oil to the North American marketplace. Micron currently has multiple independent sources of oil and/or gas revenue from production in Canada and Texas. Micron is presently involved in multiple oil and gas prospects, and continues to look for additional projects that would contribute to building Micron's market capitalization, including additional Oil Sands projects.
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