Gastar Exploration to Present at the 2009 Energy Capital Investment Symposium in Houston

    HOUSTON, June 1 /CNW/ -- Gastar Exploration Ltd. (NYSE Amex:   GST and TSX:
YGA) announced today that J. Russell Porter, Chairman, President and Chief
Executive Officer, will be presenting at the 2009 Energy Capital Investment
Symposium to be held on June 3, 2009, at the InterContinental Hotel in
Houston, Texas.

    A video webcast of the company presentation will be broadcast live over
the Internet on Wednesday, June 3 at 2:35 a.m. Central Time.  To view to the
video webcast of the presentation and view accompanying presentation
materials, visit the Investor Relations page of Gastar's web site at and select Events/Presentations.  A replay will be archived on
the website for approximately 6 months.

    About Gastar Exploration
    Gastar Exploration Ltd. is an independent energy and production company
focused on finding and developing natural gas assets in North America and
Australia. The Company pursues a strategy combining deep natural gas
exploration and development with lower risk CBM and shale resource
development. The Company owns and operates exploration and development acreage
in the deep Bossier gas play of East Texas and the Marcellus Shale play in
West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The Company's CBM activities are conducted
within the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and concentrated on more than 6.0
million gross acres controlled by the Company and its joint development
partners in Australia's Gunnedah Basin, located in New South Wales.

    Company Contact:
    Gastar Exploration Ltd.
    Michael Gerlich, Vice President and CFO
    713-739-1800 /

    Investor Relations Counsel:
    Lisa Elliott / Anne Pearson
    DRG&E  : 713-529-6600 /


For further information:

For further information: Company Contact, Michael Gerlich, Vice
President and CFO of Gastar Exploration Ltd., +1-713-739-1800,; or Investor Relations Counsel, Lisa Elliott,, or Anne Pearson,, both of DRG&E,
+1-713-529-6600, for Gastar Exploration Ltd. Web Site:

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