CALGARY, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - Birch Mountain Resources Ltd. ("Birch Mountain"
or the "Company") (BMD: TSX and AMEX) announces the signing of a Cooperation
and Data Sharing Agreement with Petro-Canada Oil Sands Inc. ("Petro-Canada"),
on behalf of Fort Hills Energy L.P. ("Fort Hills Energy"), a partnership
comprising Petro-Canada, UTS Energy Corporation and Teck Cominco Limited. In
recognition of their overlapping mineral interests, the companies have entered
into the agreement, "...to cooperate for the purposes of establishing a
business basis by which the parties will work together to achieve their
various objectives, and to explore various business opportunities..."
The first business opportunity identified under this agreement provides
for access by Petro-Canada to Birch Mountain's limestone to construct a road
and a small lake that will be excavated into the limestone as part of the
environmental program at the Fort Hills Project.
"We are pleased to announce our third multi-year agreement for the use of
our limestone in oil sands construction," says Joel Jarding, President and
Chief Operating Officer of Birch Mountain. "This allows Fort Hills Energy to
proceed with their project and enhances Birch Mountain's market position by
expanding the use of our limestone in the region. Construction of the access
road is planned for 2008. The majority of limestone use will be for
construction of the lake in 2009. When complete, we expect that approximately
one million tonnes will have been utilized for which Birch Mountain will
receive a royalty. In addition to this off-quarry sales opportunity, we are
very pleased to establish a long-term working relationship with Petro-Canada
and its partners under the Cooperation and Data Sharing Agreement".
Forward Looking Statements: This news release contains certain
forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of
historical fact, included herein, including without limitation, statements
regarding potential mineralization, resources and reserves, exploration and
development plans and results, anticipated capital expenditures and financing
thereof, anticipated outcomes and timing of regulatory applications and
approvals and the future plans and objectives of Birch Mountain are
forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There
can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual
results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in
such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from Birch Mountain's expectations are disclosed elsewhere in
documents that are available to the public at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov.
For further information:
For further information: Birch Mountain Resources Ltd., Tel. (403)
262-1838, Fax (403) 262-9888; Steve Chizzik, Equity Communication, Tel., (908)
688-9111, Website: www.birchmountain.com