Earthstone Energy Reports on Additional Horizontal Bakken Wells in North Dakota

Mar 25, 2011, 08:00 ET from Earthstone Energy, Inc.

DENVER, March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EARTHSTONE ENERGY, INC. (Nasdaq: ESTE) (Earthstone or the Company) supplied an update to its recent press release concerning North Dakota activity.  This update refers specifically to the Company's participation with Brigham Exploration Company, Austin, TX, and their activities in the Banks Field in McKenzie County.  

Banks Field, McKenzie County

Earthstone previously reported that the Company had received drilling proposals for two wells in the Banks Field from Brigham; the Garmin 19-18 #1H and the Enderud 9-4 #2H.  Earthstone expected to have less than 1% working interest in both wells.  Now, the Company expects its interest in the Garmin well to remain at less than 1%.  However, Earthstone's working interest in the Enderud well is now expected to be 5.5%.  In addition, the Company is now involved in a third Brigham well; the Broderson 30-31 #1H.  This well is also expected to commence by early summer and Earthstone expects to have a 4.94% working interest in the well.  Finally, Brigham has indicated that they plan to drill seven more wells, in addition to these three, by calendar year-end; approximately one per month.  The Company's interest in each of these additional wells will be determined by the actual drilling spacing unit assigned to each well which is unknown at this time.

"This is great news," commented Ray Singleton, President of Earthstone.  "And, it doesn't hurt that this is Brigham.  With Brigham finally jumping into the Banks area, it is much more likely that we will meet, or exceed, our capital expenditure deployment goals this year and see a resulting positive impact on our production levels.  The Company continues to pursue its strategy of drilling non-operated horizontal Bakken wells along with the acquisition of producing properties in the Montana and North Dakota portions of the Williston basin.  The next few months should be exciting.  With a number of efforts both underway and in the planning process, we anticipate increasing the Company's production and profitability in the coming year."


Earthstone Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with primary operations in the Williston Basin, the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Colorado, southern Texas and the Gulf Coast area.  Earthstone is currently traded on NASDAQ Capital Markets under the symbol ESTE.  Information on Earthstone can be found at its web site:

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