ERHC Energy Issues Update on JDZ Investigation
ERHC Energy Inc. reported Thursday that it continues to work with the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the department's investigation into questions surrounding ERHC's activities in the Joint Development Zone (JDZ), located approximately 200 kilometers off of the coastline of Nigeria and the island nation of Sao Tome & Principe. The JDZ is adjacent to areas where there have been several large petroleum discoveries.
Recently, the Justice Department agreed to return to ERHC a complete copy set of all paper documents seized in the federal government's May 4, 2006, search of ERHC's Houston office. ERHC has already received a substantial portion of these business documents and expects to receive the remaining copies shortly.
ERHC has retained the nationally recognized law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, to assist it in connection with the Justice Department's investigation. Akin Gump also will help the company respond to a related U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) subpoena issued on May 9, 2006. ERHC intends to comply fully with the SEC subpoena.
Akin Gump has filed suit in federal district court in Texas on behalf of ERHC. The lawsuit seeks to protect the company's attorney-client privileged documents and to allow ERHC counsel to determine the factual basis for the Justice Department's search warrant affidavit, which is currently under seal.
ERHC continues to pursue its business plan and the opportunity to develop its rights in the JDZ.
"We are working to minimize potential distractions and focus on commercializing the company's interests in the JDZ," said ERHC’s CEO Walter Brandhuber.
Earlier this year, the company announced that a subsidiary had entered into production sharing contracts in blocks two, three, and four of the JDZ.
ERHC Energy Inc. is a Houston-based independent oil and gas company focused on growth through high-impact exploration in the highly prospective Gulf of Guinea and the development of undeveloped and marginal oil and gas fields. ERHC is committed to creating and delivering significant value for its shareholders, investors, and employees; sustainable and profitable growth through risk-balanced smart exploration, cost-efficient development. and high-margin production.
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