Enhanced Oil Resources Inc. announces final approval of St. Johns Helium/CO2 unit in Arizona and receives 12 month drilling extension

Jan 12, 2010, 09:21 ET from Enhanced Oil Resources Inc.

HOUSTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Enhanced Oil Resources Inc. (TSX-V: EOR) announces that it has received final approvals for the formation of the St Johns Gas Unit, a 171,000 acre unit, located in Apache County, Arizona.

As previously reported the final approval of the Unit Agreement was subject to the final sanction by the federal government and review and approval by the Arizona State Land Commissioner of any substantive changes recommended by the federal government. Participation in the Unit is voluntary and parties may join on their own volition. Ridgeway Arizona Oil Corp has been designated as the Unit Operator and currently has a 100% working interest ownership in the Unit. The Unit Agreement calls for the orderly development of the Unit area over a 5 year period from the effective date of February 1, 2009 and included a minimum work program of 5 wells over the initial 12 month period. In mid 2009 the Company requested that, due to the considerable amount of time between conditional approval and final approvals, a 12 month extension be granted to complete the required minimum work program thereby extending the work commitment from the first anniversary to the second anniversary. By letter from the Arizona State Land Department dated January 6, 2010 that extension has now been granted.

Chief Executive Officer Barry Lasker stated "The approval of the St Johns Unit Agreement by the State of Arizona, the Bureau of Land Management and other stakeholders is a significant milestone in moving us further along to developing the St Johns resource. This is the first Unit Agreement of its kind in the State of Arizona and has reached its conclusion through many hours of discussion and collaboration between Ridgeway, its lawyers and consultants and members of the Arizona State Land Department. The extension to the second anniversary for the 5 well drilling commitment will allow the Company to plan for these wells in a timely fashion. We look forward to working with the State Land Department, land owners and other interested parties as we move forward with the project."

About Enhanced Oil Resources Inc.

Enhanced Oil Resources Inc. is an early-stage company, with two principal business segments of

    (i)    Crude oil and natural gas production through enhanced oil recovery
           ("EOR") projects it is initiating in the Permian Basin on oil
           fields acquired by the Company in 2007 and 2008 for that purpose.

    (ii)   Helium and CO(2) resource exploration and production through
           property interests it controls in approximately 251,000 gross
           acres of land within the St Johns Helium/CO(2) field in Arizona
           and New Mexico, and where the Company is developing what is
           thought to be the largest undeveloped helium and carbon dioxide
           field in North America.

Forward-Looking Statement

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Barry D Lasker, CEO

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