May 9, 2005

Tartan ponders options after board denies one of two requests for stay of cleanup orders

CALGARY, ALTA-The Alberta Environmental Appeals Board has denied one of two requests by Tartan Energy for stays of environmental protection orders (EPOs) issued March 16, 2005 for the cleanup of a series of contaminated well sites (ELW March 21). The company had appealed the orders and sought to have them stayed pending a Board hearing on the appeal. The Appeals Board has denied the request for a stay of EPO 2005/03 NR but has granted a stay of EPO 2004/04 NR until June 1, 2005, reserving the right to extend the stay at that time. The Board has set a hearing date of May 30 and 31, 2005 for Tartan's appeal of both EPOs. The orders require, among other things, that the company submit: an investigative plan by April 4, 2005 which naming and delineates all substances present in and under the applicable land and which may have migrated to any off-site areas; a remedial plan for the affected lands by May 2, 2005; and a reclamation/conservation plan for the lands by June 6, 2005. As a result of the denial of the stay on EPO 2005/03 NR, Tartan is currently reviewing its legal options regarding the orders. More information is available from John Komarnicki, Tartan president and CEO, 403/221-8375.

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