Gastar Exploration Appoints Jeffrey C. Pettit as Chief Operating Officer

    HOUSTON, August 20 /CNW/ - Gastar Exploration Ltd. (AMEX:  GST) and
(TSX:YGA) today announced the appointment of Jeffrey C. Pettit as Vice
President and Chief Operating Officer.

    Mr. Pettit, age 50, has more than 28 years of experience in the oil and
gas industry. Since 2001, he has held various positions at Dominion
Exploration and Production, including General Manager-Gulf Coast Operations
and Engineering, General Manager - Coalbed Methane, and Joint Interest
Manager. Prior to joining Dominion, Mr. Pettit worked as a private engineering
consultant for several independent oil and gas companies from 1999 until 2001.
Previously, he held various operations, acquisitions and reservoir engineering
management positions with Burlington Resources, LL&E, Inexco Oil Company and
Pennzoil. Mr. Pettit holds a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from
Mississippi State University.

    "I'm pleased to welcome Jeff to our team," commented J. Russell Porter,
Gastar's Chairman, President and CEO. "We look forward to utilizing his
extensive industry expertise as we continue to exploit Gastar's domestic and
Australian assets. His experience in managing operations and his understanding
of unconventional natural gas and oil resources will be valuable additions to
Gastar. In this highly competitive personnel environment, the fact that an
experienced and highly sought after professional like Jeff has chosen to join
Gastar is an indication of the quality of the assets that Gastar controls and
the potential value that can be recognized from the exploitation of those

    About Gastar Exploration

    Gastar Exploration Ltd. is an exploration and production company focused
on finding and developing natural gas assets in North America and Australia.
The Company pursues a strategy combining select higher risk, deep natural gas
exploration prospects with lower risk coal bed methane (CBM) development. The
Company owns and operates exploration and development acreage in the deep
Bossier gas play of East Texas. Gastar's CBM activities are conducted within
the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and on approximately 3 million gross acres
controlled by Gastar and its joint development partners in Australia's
Gunnedah Basin, PEL 238, located in New South Wales, and the Gippsland Basin,
EL 4416, located in Victoria. For more information, visit our web site at

For further information:

For further information: Gastar Exploration Ltd., Houston Chief
Executive Officer J. Russell Porter, 713-739-1800 or
Investor Relations Counsel: DRG&E Lisa Elliott, 713-529-6600 or Anne Pearson, 713-529-6600

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