Mainland Makes Headway in Haynesville Shale Well

Mainland Resources updated the progress of drilling operations at its Burkley-Phillips No.1 well in Jefferson County Mississippi:

As of September 27, 2010, the Company is drilling ahead on the Burkley-Phillips No.1 well at 16,531 feet. Since the last activity update on August 16, 2010, the Company drilled to a depth of 12,940 feet where it conducted electric line logging, acquired side-wall cores in selected zones and successfully installed and cemented a 9 5/8" casing string.

As previously reported, the well penetrated a sand package preliminarily identified as the Lower Tuscaloosa Massive Sand with approximately 50 feet of thickness exhibiting elevated mud log gas readings. Further analysis of the sand, utilizing electric line logging and side-wall cores, has warranted the initiation of a technical and commercial analysis, which is currently in progress.

The forward plan calls for drilling operations to continue to a depth of approximately 19,200 feet where wireline logging will be conducted to analyze the current open-hole interval and then a string of protective casing will be installed and cemented. At that point, the Company will begin drilling the final section of the well targeting the Haynesville Shale and will continue the drilling program to an anticipated depth of 22,000 feet.

Nick Atencio, CEO, stated, "We are pleased with the drilling progress to this point and anticipate we will continue to make similar progress to the programmed total depth. As warranted, we will continue to analyze any secondary targets we encounter as we drill through the Hosston and Cotton Valley intervals."


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