Gastar Increases Borrowing Base

Gastar announced that its borrowing base under the Second Amendment to the Company's Amended and Restated Credit Agreement has been increased to $47.5 million. The borrowing base had previously been reduced from $47.5 million to $40.0 million primarily as a result of delays in returning the Belin #1 well to production following recompletion efforts.

J. Russell Porter, Gastar's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased with the bank group's decision to return our borrowing base to its previous level following our recent ramp-up in production. With the expected funding from our new joint venture in the Marcellus Shale, we do not expect to draw heavily on this facility in the near future. However, the increase in borrowing capacity gives us additional flexibility to pursue our current capital plans or new opportunities as they arise."

The credit facility has a scheduled maturity date of January 2, 2013 and is subject to semi-annual borrowing base redeterminations. For additional information about the credit facility, please refer to the Company's prior press releases and filings with the SEC.