Echo Energy Canada Inc. annual information filings confirm significant declines in reserves



    
    Listing: TSX Venture Exchange ("EEI.V")
    Issued Common Shares: 60,208,086
    

    TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ - Echo Energy Canada Inc. (the "Company") today
announced that it has filed the following disclosure documents:

    
    (1) Consolidated Financial Statements for the years ended
        December 31, 2008 and 2007;

    (2) Management's Discussion and Analysis for the year ended
        December 31, 2008;

    (3) The National Instrument 51-101, Standards of Disclosure for Oil and
        Gas Activities as of December 31, 2008;

    (4) Certification of Annual Filings filed under Multilateral
        Instrument 52-109.

    These documents may be viewed at www.sedar.com.
    

    The independent reserves assessment and evaluation of its oil and gas
reserves effective December 31, 2008 (the "reserves report") was prepared by
GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd., an internationally recognized leader in oil
and gas asset evaluations, pursuant to recommendations of National Instrument
51-101 ("NI 51-101").
    The reserve report reports a decline of 34,160 MMcf in the valuation of
the proven plus probable reserves from the opening balance at the start of the
year. Part of the reason for this discrepancy is the performance of the
existing wells, and management is currently evaluating how to improve
performance of the wells.
    This report from GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. enables the Company to
fully comprehend its gross and net proved and probable reserves attributable
to the property interests utilizing GLJ's customary methods and procedures and
in accordance with standard industry practices and to estimate the future net
revenue to be realized with respect to such reserves. The estimated reserves
and future net revenues were determined in accordance with the requirements of
NI 51-101 and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook ("COGEH"), using
forecast price and costs assumptions and were presented as required by Form
51-101F2.
    This reserves report has caused Management to review the Company's
impairment test for valuation of oil and gas properties and to clarify that
this test restricts the net capitalized costs from exceeding an amount equal
to the estimated undiscounted value of future net revenues from proven oil and
gas reserves based on current forecasted prices and costs, after deducting
estimated future operating expenses, income taxes and site restoration costs.
As a result there was an impairment of $31,560,000 recognized in 2008,
    This revaluation of oil and gas reserves also resulted in significant
increases in the provision for depletion of oil and gas reserves and
amortization of the gas gathering pipeline and compressor system for 2008 and
future years. The net impact was a significant loss which was partially
off-set by a future tax recovery.
    Because of the potential impact on the bank borrowing base, Management
has sent a copy of the reserves report to the bank. Management believes that
the net cash flows from proved producing reserves forecasted in the new
reserves report correspond with the previously reported estimate of the bank's
independent engineer. However, Management is awaiting the bank's review and
cannot at this time provide any assurance as to the bank's possible response.

    
    ECHO ENERGY CANADA INC.
    (SIGNED)
    Charles Edey, President
    

    About Echo Energy Canada Inc.

    Echo Energy Canada Inc. is a publicly traded energy company with revenue
producing natural gas production operations near Port Burwell Ontario, Canada
on the shores of Lake Erie.

    Statements in this news release that are not historical facts, including
statements about plans and expectations regarding properties, reserves,
transactions and opportunities, capital resources and future financial results
are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements involve risks and
uncertainties, which may cause the Company's actual results in future periods
to differ materially from those expressed. These uncertainties and risks
include changing gas and commodity prices and currency exchange rates, demand
for gas, lack of success of future exploration and development, competition
and other factors discussed from time to time in the company's filings with
the Ontario Securities Commission.

    
    Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as
    that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.
    

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For further information:

For further information: can be obtained from Echo Energy Canada Inc. in
London, contact CFO, Peter Pistor at (519) 455-6061; or in Toronto, contact
President, Charles Edey at (416) 596-1848; by email at
echo@echoenergycanada.com; or visit our website at www.echoenergycanada.com

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