Fracture Stimulation Ops Commence on Kowalik-1H

Empyrean has been advised by the operator, Texas Crude Energy Inc (TCEI), that fracture stimulation operations on the Kowalik-1H well commenced December 28, 2009, with the stimulation of approximately 3,800 feet of the slotted liner section presently underway.

Following stimulation of this section with a single large treatment, the remaining 850 ft of conventional solid liner will be treated in four stages with an isolation plug between each one.

This program is anticipated approximately 7-14 days to complete following which the well will be cleaned up, completed for production and flowed to sales.