Gastar Adds Member to Board

Gastar announced that John H. Cassels, 63, has been elected to its Board of Directors, replacing John R. Rooney, who resigned from the Board on March 8 due to commitments with his current employer.

Mr. Cassels is a Chartered Accountant in Canada with 30 years of experience in the Canadian natural gas and oil industry, serving as a senior officer and director of nine small natural gas and oil companies.

He is currently a partner and chief financial officer of Purdy Partners, a position he has held since December 2009. Prior to joining Purdy, Mr. Cassels was a financial consultant to a Canadian oil and gas exploration company operating in both Argentina and Canada. Earlier, he was a founding shareholder, chief executive officer and director of Highview Resources, a publicly traded firm that built a significant inventory of natural gas and oil prospects in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He holds a BA degree from Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Mr. Cassels served during 2007-2008 as a director of World Cup Operations/Alpine Canada, which organized alpine test events for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

J. Russell Porter, Gastar's President and CEO, stated, "We appreciate John Rooney's support and contributions during his term on the Board. We are looking forward to working with John Cassels and benefiting from his significant experience helping to build oil and gas companies."