Muskeg Valley Quarry sets new daily shipping record



    CALGARY, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - Birch Mountain Resources Ltd. ("Birch Mountain"
or the "Company"; BMD: TSX) is pleased to report that the Muskeg Valley Quarry
("MVQ") recently set a new daily record for limestone aggregates shipped. On
September 11, 2008 a total of 23,100 tonnes were loaded, scaled and shipped in
720 truckloads to 8 different customer accounts. In the week ending September
14, 2008, over 95,000 tonnes of limestone aggregate and reagent products were
shipped from the MVQ.
    These achievements were made with the current quarry workforce of
16 people, which includes a skeleton crew on nightshift for loading and
scaling. The new daily record exceeds the previous record of 20,000 tonnes set
in Q2 2007 with a quarry workforce of more than 50 people - a peak
productivity gain per worker of more than 250%. Joel Jarding, President and
Chief Operating Officer says, "I congratulate all our operations and sales
people who together are achieving this new level of performance with
substantially less labour and equipment, in keeping with our 2008 cost
containment objective."
    Joel adds, "Although our Q1 and Q2 sales were less than expected, the
latter part of Q3 has been very active and the level of new orders booked
since Labour Day is unprecedented for the Birch Mountain operations. As of
Friday September 12, 2008, our order book exceeds $3 million and we expect new
orders for additional sales to continue through the fall to the end of the
2008 construction season."
    The MVQ continues to ship limestone aggregates to oil sands mining and
in-situ operations, as well as to a number of infrastructure projects for
road, pad and camp construction. Birch Mountain's customers have commented
positively through personal reports and testimonial letters describing:

    
    -   Significant productivity gains for fully loaded, 240-ton heavy hauler
        trucks running on roads capped with limestone from the MVQ
    -   Reduced labour & equipment usage to achieve specified levels of
        compaction resulting in lower construction costs
    -   High, near-rock compaction densities in sub-base construction, an
        outcome not seen before in the region
    -   Excellent traction from limestone surfacing aggregates
    -   Superior performance of limestone when building in wet conditions
    

    Birch Mountain recently received an independent test report from a study
that simulated the performance of heavy haulers in oil sands mine service
using a scaled rolling resistance test. The study demonstrated that when used
to cap oil sand, the limestone from the MVQ provides at least a 25%
improvement in rolling resistance, significantly outperforming the glacial
gravels traditionally used for this purpose in mine road construction.
    The study was led and the report was prepared by Dr. Tim Joseph P.Eng.,
FCIM, a recognized mining equipment expert, an associate professor and
director of AEGIS (Alberta Equipment Ground Interactions Syndicate) at the
University of Alberta, and a senior consultant to the oil sands industry. His
report states that reducing the rolling resistance of an oil sand running
surface in this manner can provide a 10 to 40% improvement in heavy hauler
fuel consumption, fuel burn emissions, tire life, truck frame structural
performance and operator health. As an example, the report states that fuel
consumption and fuel burn emissions will be reduced by 40% for a 380+ ton
truck and by 25% for a smaller 240 ton truck. The full report is available on
the Birch Mountain website at www.birchmountain.com.
    The process leading to a sale or recapitalization of the Company
continues and as a result, directors and officers of Birch Mountain remain in
a trading blackout that has been in place since late February 2008.

    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 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. Certain
amounts in the financial statements are based on estimates using the best
currently available information and assumptions of management. 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.

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For further information:

For further information: Company Contacts: Birch Mountain, Tel. (403)
262-1838, Fax (403) 263-9888; Steve Chizzik, Equity Communication, Tel. (908)
688-9111, Website: www.birchmountain.com

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