TORONTO, May 28 /CNW/ - Blacksands Petroleum, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:
BSPE) (the "Company" or "Blacksands") announced today that Mr. Paul A.
Parisotto intends to resign as an officer and director of the Company at the
Company's upcoming annual general meeting, if the shareholders approve the
Company's proposal to sell a portion of its shares of Access Energy Inc.
("Access"), its majority-owned subsidiary, to the other shareholder of Access,
as announced on April 30, 2009. Mr. Parisotto will remain as the President and
CEO of Access.
Mr. Mark Holcombe, currently an independent director and the Chair of the
Company's Audit Committee, has agreed to serve as the Company's President and
CEO, if Mr. Parisotto resigns. Mr. Holcombe founded Stirling Partners Limited
in 2006, was the former Head of Corporate Development and Private Equity and
Chief Compliance Officer at GEM Global Equities Management, S.A., an emerging
market hedge fund, and was also an investment banker at DLJ and ING Capital in
New York. Mr. Holcombe has over 18 years of natural resource industry and
corporate finance experience. Since 2007, he serves on the board of Sandfield
Ventures Corporation, PNG LNG Ltd. and Pacific LNG Operations LTD. Mr.
Holcombe holds a B.A. from Colgate University.
Mr. Parisotto will be available to assist Mr. Holcombe with the
The Company expects to announce a definitive date for its upcoming annual
general meeting in the near future.
As well, the Company announced on April 30, 2009 that it will be seeking
shareholder approval of a 1-for-3 reverse stock split. Finally, the Company
announced that the Board of Directors has rescinded its approval of the
pending grant of stock options under the amended 2008 Company Stock Option
Plan, yet to be approved by the shareholders.
Blacksands Petroleum, through its 75% ownership of Access Energy Inc. - a
private Canadian company - is engaged in the business of exploring for,
developing and operating unconventional oil and gas projects. Such projects
may include oil produced from tar sands, also referred to as oil sands, or
bituminous sands, which are a combination of clay, sand, water, and bitumen.
"Paul A. Parisotto"
President & CEO
Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes certain "forward-looking statements" within
the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995, including statements relating to the anticipated actions and
expectations of the Company discussed in this press release and the
anticipated benefits of those actions. All statements, other than statements
of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation, the word
"expect" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements 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. The Company's forward-looking statements are based on the
beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements
are made, and the Company does not assume any obligation to update
forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's beliefs,
expectations or opinions should change except as required by law. For the
reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on
forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results
to differ materially from the Company's expectations include the timing of the
shareholder meeting, the ability to receive shareholder approval, the ability
to complete the share transfer documentation to both parties satisfaction, the
completion of the share transfer and the Company's ability to refocus on gold
exploration and production and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in the
Company's 10-K for the year ended October 31, 2008, filed with the United
States Securities and Exchange Commission, and other information released by
the Company from time to time and filed with the appropriate regulatory
For further information:
For further information: Paul A. Parisotto, President & CEO, (416)