Gastar Successfully Drills Wildman Trust #5 Well in East Texas

Gastar Exploration has successfully drilled the Wildman Trust #5 well, a lower Bossier test, to a total depth of 19,000 feet and has logged approximately 60 net feet of pay in five lower Bossier and one middle Bossier zones. Gastar owns a 66.7% working interest before payout (54.5% net revenue interest before payout) in the Wildman Trust #5.

"The Wildman Trust #5 log results confirm our geologic model for the lower Bossier and our analysis of the 3-D seismic data as we encountered over 31 feet in our primary B-5 and B-6 zones," commented J. Russell Porter, Gastar's President and Chief Executive Officer. "As a result of continued improvements to our well design, we were able to drill the 19,000' lower Bossier test in 84 days, reducing our gross dry hole cost in the well to $7.2 million. With the repeatable well design savings and decreases in well completion costs, the gross all-in cost for the Wildman Trust #5 through the first two zone completions will be approximately $10 million. We plan an initial completion in the two lowest Bossier zones and expect to place the well on production within the next 30 days."