Bow Valley Energy Ltd. announces the loss of Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman - Chairman of the Board of Directors

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    TSX Trading Symbol: BVXCALGARY, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - Bow Valley Energy Ltd. (Bow Valley or the
Company) announces with deep regret that Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman, O.C., Chairman
of the Company's Board of Directors, died in Calgary on January 11, 2009 at
age 86.
    Mr. Doc Seaman was a founding shareholder of Bow Valley Energy and
maintained an active role in the development and growth of the Company since
its inception in 1996. His humble and stoic demeanor belied the vision,
courage, and resoluteness that identified his strong leadership and deep
personal commitments to not only Bow Valley Energy, but to his other broad
interests as well.
    Doc was a veteran of World War II, flying 82 combat missions as an RCAF
Flying Officer. After the war he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan
with a degree in engineering and then proceeded to found and build a number of
enterprises in the Canadian and international petroleum industry. He will be
fondly remembered for his many constructive commitments to Canada, the
petroleum industry, the communities in which he lived, his concern for the
environment, and his generosity to those less fortunate than he. His
outstanding contributions to his country and society in general have been
recognized with numerous awards and citations. He will be missed by many. The
Bow Valley Board of Directors and all its staff extend their condolences to
the Seaman family.

    Bow Valley Energy Ltd. is an international oil and natural gas
exploration, development and production company with operations in the U.K.
sector of the North Sea and Alaska. The common shares of the Company trade on
the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol BVX.
    Additional information, financial statements, and management's discussion
and analysis relating to the Company may be found on the SEDAR website at
www.sedar.com or on the Company's website at www.bvenergy.com.

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operating and other costs; royalty rates and taxes.
    Forward-looking statements or information are based on a number of
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expectations will prove to be correct. In addition to other factors and
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been made regarding, among other things: the effects of increasing
competition; the general stability of the economic and political environment
in which the Company operates; the timely receipt of any required regulatory
approvals; the ability of the Company to obtain qualified staff, equipment and
services in a timely and cost-efficient manner; the ability of the operator of
the projects which the Company has an interest in to operate the field in a
safe, efficient and effective manner; the ability of the Company to obtain
financing on acceptable terms; field production rates and decline rates; the
ability to replace and expand oil and natural gas reserves through
acquisition, development or exploration; the timing and costs of pipeline,
storage and facility construction and expansion and the ability of the Company
to secure adequate product transportation; future oil and natural gas prices;
currency, exchange and interest rates; the regulatory framework regarding
royalties, taxes and environmental matters in the countries in which the
Company operates; and the ability of the Company to successfully market its
oil and natural gas products. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is
not exhaustive of all factors and assumptions which may have been used.
    Forward-looking statements or information are based on current
expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and
uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those
anticipated by the Company and described in the forward-looking statements or
information. These risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to
differ materially from the forward-looking statements or information include,
among other things: the ability of management to execute its business plan;
general economic and business conditions; the risk of war or instability
affecting countries in which the Company operates; the risks of the oil and
natural gas industry, such as operational risks in exploring for, developing
and producing crude oil and natural gas; market demand; the possibility that
government policies or laws may change or governmental approvals may be
delayed or withheld; risks and uncertainties involving geology of oil and
natural gas deposits; the uncertainty of reserves estimates and reserves life;
the ability of the Company to add production and reserves through acquisition,
development and exploration activities; the Company's ability to enter into or
renew leases; potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration
or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of estimates
and projections relating to production (including decline rates), costs and
expenses; fluctuations in oil and natural gas prices, foreign currency,
exchange, and interest rates; risks inherent in the Company's marketing
operations, including credit risk; uncertainty in amounts and timing of
royalty payments; health, safety and environmental risks; risks associated
with existing and potential future law suits and regulatory actions against
the Company; uncertainties as to the availability and cost of financing; and
financial risks affecting the value of the Company's investments. Readers are
cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all possible risks and
uncertainties. Additional risk factors affecting the Company and its business
are contained in the Company's Annual Information Form filed on SEDAR at
www.sedar.com.
    The forward-looking statements or information contained in this news
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obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or
information, whether as a result of new information, future events or
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statements or information contained in this news release are expressly
qualified by this cautionary statement.
    Where amounts are expressed on a barrel of oil equivalent (boe) basis,
natural gas volumes have been converted to barrels of oil equivalent at six
thousand cubic feet to one barrel of oil equivalent (6 mcf = 1 boe). This
conversion ratio is the conversion used in the oil and natural gas industry
and is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable
at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.
The use of boe's may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.

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For further information: Bow Valley Energy Ltd., Robert G. Moffat,
President and Chief Executive Officer, or C.W. Leigh Cassidy, Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer, Phone (403) 232-0292, www.bvenergy.com