Gale Force Petroleum, WHL Energy, Derby Resources Announce Farmout of Kentucky Shale Gas Property

    - Project to Focus on Near-term Increases in Production and Revenues -

    MONTREAL, Jan. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Gale Force Petroleum (TSX-V: GFP), WHL
Energy (ASX: WHL) and Derby Resources (collectively, the "Farmors") are
pleased to announce the signing of a farmout agreement. According to the terms
of the agreement, the Farmee, who will remain confidential, may earn up to 50
percent interest in the Kentucky Shale Gas Property, currently comprised of
22,000 acres, 9 existing wells, gathering lines and two compressors in Eastern
Kentucky, by paying for a series of staged development programs.
    The primary goal of the farmout is to increase and accelerate natural gas
production and revenues generated from the current Kentucky Property and
adjoining leasing opportunities. The initial development program, estimated to
cost $400,000, will begin in the spring of 2009 and will focus on the
completion of some of the existing nine wells. For paying the completion of
the existing nine wells, the Farmee will earn a 60% interest before payout in
these wells.
    Additional development programs will be pursued at the Farmee's option
later in 2009 and in 2010. For newly drilled wells, the Farmee will earn a 75%
interest before 1.5 times payout. The Farmee, at its option, may spend up to
$2 million on the programs, upon which it will back in to earn a 50% interest
in the Kentucky Property.
    There is consistent natural gas potential across the Kentucky Property
and low-cost, low-risk drilling for the Devonian Shale target, with more than
200 prospective drilling locations immediately adjacent to the existing
infrastructure. The Devonian Shale is consistently 250 feet in thickness on
the Kentucky Property, with a predictable natural gas production profile.
    The Kentucky Property forms part of the oldest producing petroleum system
in the United States. The Devonian Shale plus Middle and Upper Paelozoic
system in the Appalachian Basin together contain 31.4 Tcf of technically
recoverable natural gas, with estimates of an aggregate 550 Tcf natural gas in
place, according to the US Geological Survey. Within the system, there are
15,000 wells drilled to or through the Devonian Shale in Eastern Kentucky


    Gale Force Petroleum is a public corporation focused on acquiring and
exploiting unconventional and conventional gas resources in mature basins,
building shareholder value through growth. It owns producing natural gas
properties in Alberta, Canada and in Kentucky, USA.


    WHL Energy Limited (WHL) is an Australian publicly-listed company focused
on developing and commercializing energy assets including wind energy and
clean fossil fuels (natural gas).

    Forward looking statements:

    Statements included herein, including those that express management of
Gale Force Petroleum or WHL Energy's expectations or estimates of their
respective future performance, constitute "forward-looking statements" within
the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements -
especially but not limited to any geological or reservoir information not
supported by a NI 51-101 report - are based on assumptions and estimates that
are subject to various risks and uncertainties including but not limited to
geological risk, engineering risks, market risk and the risks disclosed under
the heading "Business Risks" in Gale Force Petroleum periodic filings with
Canadian securities regulators available on SEDAR and and WHL Energy's
periodic filings with Australian securities regulators. Such information
contained herein represents Gale Force Petroleum, or WHL Energy's best
judgment as of the date hereof based on information currently available. Gale
Force Petroleum and WHL Energy do not assume the obligation to update any
forward-looking statements.

    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
    or accuracy of this news release.

For further information:

For further information: Gale Force Petroleum Inc.: Michael McLellan,
(514) 333-9292,; WHL Energy Ltd.: Peter
Bartter, (612) 6961-9821,

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