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I'm in on this today. MC is under $20M and they have $5M cash plus $5M shares in BRU plus some excellent fully funded drill targets coming up in the next two months.



22 February, 2010 ASX Announcement







First US well in six well drilling program reveals 14ft gas column


Gas sales from the Brasher #1 well expected in 30-45 days, weather and surface conditions



Drilling campaign focus now shifts to larger, deeper Wilcox prospects as part of initial six well

drilling program planned for the US in 2010


3D seismic interpretation has identified 70+ targets to date in the Colorado County Project,

providing ongoing prospect inventory



Drilling of New Standard EnergyÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s (New Standard, ASX: NSE) first exploration well in the United States

has successfully identified commercial quantities of gas.


The Brasher #1 well (32.5% New Standard working interest), in New StandardÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s Colorado County

Project, onshore Texas, USA, was drilled to the planned total depth of 5000 feet. It was logged and 14ft

of gas was encountered in the primary objective, a Yegua reservoir.


A formation test yielded 100% gas however the final size of the discovery will not be determined until

the well has been flow tested for an extended period. Three additional deeper but thinner zones in the

Yegua reservoir were also identified by logs and will be flow tested. As a result of the gas discovery,

production casing has now been set to total depth.


New StandardÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s Managing Director, Sam Willis, said production facilities would now be installed and the

well hooked up to a nearby gas pipeline to commence sales. Gas sales are expected to commence in

30 to 45 days depending on weather and surface conditions, he said.


ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¦ÃƒƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“New StandardÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s rationale for targeting US exploration was that low cost drilling of substantial targets

identified by new 3D seismic could be conducted with high success rates and provide a quick and low

cost pathway to production and cash flow,ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ Mr Willis said.


ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¦ÃƒƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“The success at Brasher #1 provides early substantiation of New StandardÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s US exploration strategy.ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ÂÂ


Brasher #1 is the first of six wells New Standard Energy plans to drill in the US in 2010.


The immediate of the joint ventureÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s program now shifts to drilling larger Wilcox reservoir targets ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬Ãƒâ€Â¦ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“

which includes one very large prospect with the potential for 100 bcf of gas and 2.4 million barrels of oil

(New Standard has a 36% WI in that prospect). Later this year, a large Edwards/Sligo target will also

be drilled.


Mr Willis said the exploration success at Brasher #1 provided a solid start for the drilling program and

was indicative of the quality of its US operator and partner (AKG) and the 3D seismic acquired by the

Colorado County Project partners (AKG, New Standard and Burleson Energy) to identify and determine

attractive targets for the 6-well drilling campaign.


A rig contract has been secured for the upcoming Wilcox wells and paves the way for the drilling of

three ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¦ÃƒƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“back to backÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ wells targeting significant Wilcox targets to begin in March. Success on any one of

these initial Wilcox prospects will provide a substantial benefit for New Standard shareholders and build

on the initial cashflow that is expected from the Brasher #1 success.

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¦ÃƒƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“New Standard expects that the success of Brasher #1 is just the beginning of a successful US

exploration and drilling campaign, and the next few months will be a very exciting time for New

Standard shareholdersÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ Mr Willis said.

















About New Standard: New Standard Energy is an aggressive hydrocarbon developer with a mandate to explore for oil and gas.


Its exploration and drilling program is active, well funded and the board has extensive technical and commercial experience in the

oil and gas sector.


The companyÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s exploration program is underpinned and complemented by targeted corporate activity to take advantage of

opportunities and to build an extensive pipeline of exploration projects.


New Standard currently has cash resources of approximately $5m and is well funded to progress its oil and gas exploration

portfolio focused on the Canning Basin in Western Australia and Colorado County in Texas which is comprised of the following:


100% operated interest in EPÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s 443, 450, 451, 456 in Western AustraliaÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s Canning Basin

65% operated interest in EP417 in the Canning Basin

32.5% working interest in the Colorado County Project, onshore Texas USA

36% working interest in the Wharton County Project, onshore Texas USA

First right of refusal over future farm-out of Canning Basin permits EP442 or 442A by Buru Energy

In addition to the above New Standard has indirect exposure to a broad acreage position in the Canning Basin through a liquid

10% equity interest (18m shares) in listed Canning Basin explorer Buru Energy Ltd (ASX: BRU) and is actively assessing other

opportunities to complement and expand its portfolio.

Sam Willis Cameron Morse

Managing Director FD Third Person

Ph: + 61 8 9481 7477 Ph: + 61 8 9386 1233

email: swillis@newstandard.com.au email: cameron.morse@fdthirdperson.com.au

Competent Person: The information in this announcement is based on information provided to New Standard Energy by AKG

Energy LP (an onshore US operator with in excess of 30 years experience) and Burleson Energy Ltd and reviewed by Dr Mark

Hagan (BSc Hons, PhD) who is a Petroleum Geologist and Geophysicist with more than 35 years experience in the industry. Dr

Hagan is Technical Director of New Standard Energy and consents to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on his

information in the form and context in which it appears.

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Some Aussie firms position themselves as early movers in shale gas





All very nice and it's good as an investor to be positioned in advance of growing shale gas fever.


Plus this from www.oilvoice.com:


New Standard Energy to Open Australian Shale Gas Province

10 March 2010


New Standard Energy (New Standard) will accelerate the progress of its shale gas exploration acreage in Western Australias Canning Basin following an internal and external review of the shale gas prospectivity in its exploration acreage.



ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ Shale gas project in the Canning Basin to be accelerated

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ Ongoing work with independent shale gas consultant endorses New Standards initial assessment that the Goldwyer shale formation in the Canning Basin is prospective for shale gas

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ Goldwyer shale predominantly covered by New Standard exploration permits

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ Exploration acreage holdings currently being refined based on shale gas potential

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ Strong potential for shale gas emergence in Australia as has been seen in the US and now developing in Europe


The companys decision to accelerate shale gas exploration follows encouragement received from ongoing work with New Standards independent shale gas adviser that supports the view that although early stage, the Goldwyer formation in New Standards Canning Basin permits exhibits many of the necessary geological prerequisites for shale gas.


New Standard Managing Director Sam Willis said the decision to accelerate its shale gas exploration project would ensure New Standard Energy was well positioned at the forefront of shale gas exploration in Australia.


'Shale gas is rapidly becoming one of the biggest sources of gas production in the United States, and analysis of New Standards Canning Basin acreage indicates although early stage, it is highly prospective for shale gas exploration success in Australia,' he said.


'Our decision to accelerate the progress of our shale gas opportunity is the culmination of 12 months research and assessment of shale gas opportunities in New Standards Canning Basin exploration area, to identify the potential for large resources typical of shale gas plays.


'That preliminary work, undertaken largely since the company secured 100% control of the acreage through corporate transactions last year, has placed New Standard in an enviable position to progress its shale gas exploration program.'


Mr Willis said although shale gas exploration was still relatively new in Australia, shale gas exploration and production was commonplace in the United States, with a recent succession of large, high profile shale gas transactions emerging.


It is estimated that shale gas currently comprises approximately 15% (>2.0 TCF/year) of daily gas consumption in the US, and some analysts predict that unconventional gas production, including shale gas, will comprise as much as half of all total natural gas production in North America by 2020. A number of analysts predict a similar profile for shale gas may emerge in Europe.


'The enormous growth and success of the industry in the US has spread quickly throughout Europe and in our view it is only a matter of time before Australia follows suit,' Mr Willis said.


'Thirty per cent of all new gas discoveries in the United States are now shale gas, and many geological characteristics of gas bearing shales that exist in the US also exist in the Goldwyer shale of the Canning Basin. It is an early stage project but it is potentially very large and deserves additional attention to advance it further.'


'Improved international expertise in shale gas has pushed drilling success rates for shale gas higher than for conventional gas, and drilling costs are also coming down as expertise improves.'


Most shale gas discoveries contain significant quantities of gas, which helps offset increased drilling and production costs resulting from the need to drill horizontally and fracture stimulate (or frac) the shales to access contained hydrocarbons.


As a result of New Standards decision to accelerate its shale gas exploration project, New Standard will refine the next phases of work to be undertaken to advance the project further. A report from the independent shale gas consultant is expected in the next two months. It will provide third party assessment and assist New Standard to develop a focused work program to evaluate the rock properties of the Goldwyer shale and provide information for potential gas in place calculations and targets.


New Standard has also been actively assessing other shale gas opportunities outside the Canning Basin, with a view to adding to the shale gas portfolio if the appropriate opportunity arises.


History of New Standard's shale gas exploration

New Standard commenced formal assessment of its Canning Basin exploration permits for shale gas prospectivity in early 2009. Based on the limited existing exploration database, it found the Goldwyer formation had attractive shale gas properties including:

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ blanket marine shale of Ordovician age

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ black to dark grey shales and claystones with inter-bedded silty intervals

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ 4 distinct units with total thickness of between 200m and 500m

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ depths to top of the Goldwyer range from 1,000m to 3,000m

ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ appropriate maturity, TOC levels and free gas


Netherland and Sewell and Associates (NSAI), a US-based company which provides independent reserve reporting and shale gas exploration and production consultancy, was then engaged to provide a peer review of the results, and to assist with the development of a shale gas exploration work program.


Based on the limited database available, an internal regional study of shale gas prospectivity was commenced and identification of the most prospective portions of New Standards exploration acreage for shale gas also began in the middle of 2009. Current acreage positions are being refined based on prospectivity and additional exploration acreage containing shale gas prospective formations have been targeted for acquisition.


'The overall Goldwyer shale formation in the Canning Basin is about 600km long and 300km wide, and New Standard controls a large portion of this through its 37,000sq km of exploration acreage on a 100% equity basis,' Mr Willis said.


'Based on the early stage information we have, our research indicates that the most prospective gas window in the Goldwyer shale lies within New Standards 100% owned exploration acreage'.


Shale gas exploration in the Canning Basin will complement New Standards continued exploration for conventional hydrocarbons, which includes the planned completion of the Lawford-1 well in late 2010.

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Just got back from a rather hot game of tennis to this pleasant surprise:


Ann. this afternoon re target drilling depth achieved - here is an extract:


'The target objective in the Wilcox has been encountered over significantly larger intervals than originally anticipated and has given multiple extensive hydrocarbon shows which occurred during fast drilling breaks, and resulted in gas-cut mud weights, gas to the surface, condensate in the mud, and included pressures higher than anticipated'.


How good is this! Sp now 22c at highest intraday high since August 2008 and solid buys lined up.

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