Significant Properties

We have a well-balanced portfolio of oil and gas properties, consisting of attractively priced light oil and low-risk natural gas resource plays, as well as significant undeveloped potential associated with two shale gas plays. Our primary area of focus is in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, which includes our Evi area in the Peace River Arch. In addition, we own significant acreage in the Utica Shale in Quebec and the Liard Basin in the Northwest Territories, which are shale gas prospects that we believe have significant future development potential.

Evi Area

As of December 31, 2012, we had approximately 82,015 net acres in and near the Evi field, located in the Peace River Arch area of northern Alberta.  This position offers us a significant development opportunity for light oil. Through December 31, 2012, we have drilled a total of 103 horizontal wells in the Evi area since we entered the area in 2006.  In 2012, we drilled 32 gross (28 net) horizontal wells in the Evi area. During 2012, we had average daily net sales volumes of 3,161 Bbls per day from production in the Evi area. We believe we can ultimately enhance production rates and recoveries in the Evi area through further development drilling, including further downspacing of our acreage, completion optimization and secondary recovery techniques, such as waterflooding. We intend to continue to expand our facilities in the Evi area to accommodate the growing crude oil volumes and continue to invest in our operated waterflood pilot project that we initiated in 2011.


As of December 31, 2012, we had approximately 240,320 net acres in Quebec that are prospective for the Utica Shale.  Natural gas produced from this area is in close proximity to major markets in Canada and the northeastern United States, which historically has provided for premium product pricing compared to the NYMEX Henry Hub pricing.  The Utica Shale is relatively shallow compared to other shale plays in North America, which we believe will provide for an economic advantage relative to the drilling costs associated with developing the resource.

As of December 31, 2011, we had approximately 52,995 net acres in the Liard Basin located in the Northwest Territories that are prospective for the Muskwa Shale.  This is a newly developing natural gas shale play adjacent to the producing Horn River Basin.  We believe that our acreage in the Liard Basin is analogous to the Muskwa Shale in the Horn River Basin.  Our acreage is located in close proximity to a pipeline in the Northwest Territories providing for the sale and distribution of any natural gas produced.  In the third and fourth quarters of 2011, we re-entered and recompleted a well in the Liard Basin, and in February 2012, we submitted an application to the National Energy Board for a commercial discovery declaration that we believe could potentially lead to the continuation of our lease in the area for up to an additional 21 years.

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