CALGARY, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Birch Lake Energy Inc. ("Birch Lake" or the "Company") (TSXV: BLK) announced today that it has filed a statement of defence and counterclaim relating to the claim filed by Bernum Petroleum Ltd., as previously announced on March 26, 2013. The claim relates to the Company's Lochend Assets, being the non-operated working interest of 40% in certain petroleum and natural gas rights underlying 6,560 gross acres (2,560 net) in the Lochend-Bearspaw area of Alberta.
As set out in the statement of defence, Birch Lake denies that it is indebted to Bernum and that Bernum is entitled to the relief that is has requested. Birch Lake claims that Bernum was, among other things, in breach of the applicable agreement with respect to the drilling and completion operations on the two subject wells. This caused loss and damages to Birch Lake including the forfeiture of the Company's working interest in certain lands that were held by drilling. In addition, Birch Lake claims that Bernum has breached the AMI agreement, prompting the loss of Birch Lake's working interest in certain other AMI lands, causing consequential damage and loss to the Company.
Pursuant to the counterclaim, Birch Lake is seeking damages for reduced production and production revenues, improperly seized petroleum substances and improperly withheld information on the initial well and for loss of participation on the second well. Birch Lake is also seeking damages for the loss of the Company's working interest in the lands held by the second well and other AMI lands.
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SOURCE: Birch Lake Capital Inc.
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William H. Petrie
President and Chief Executive Officer