“Further, we are now utilizing 38 drilling rigs to develop our 230,000 net acres of Barnett Shale leasehold, under which we believe up to seven tcfe of net reserves may exist, approximately 75% of which has not yet been recognized as proved in the company’ s reserve report. At this time, we estimate that we have only developed approximately 25% of our Barnett Shale leasehold in the sweet spot of Tarrant, northern Johnson and western Dallas counties. The Barnett Shale and the DFW International Airport lease should continue powering our company’ s growth for years to come.”
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements give our current expectations or forecasts of future events. They include estimates of oil and natural gas reserves, expected oil and natural gas production and future expenses, projections of future oil and natural gas prices, planned capital expenditures for drilling, leasehold acquisitions and seismic data, and plans for future operations. We caution you not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to update this information.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results are described in "Risks Related to our Business" under "Risk Factors" in the Offer to Exchange attached as an exhibit to each of the two Schedules TO we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 23, 2007. These risk factors include the volatility of oil and natural gas prices; the availability of capital on an economic basis to fund reserve replacement costs; our ability to replace reserves and sustain production; uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of oil and natural gas reserves and projecting future rates of production and the amount and timing of development expenditures; drilling and operating risks, including potential environmental liabilities; and production interruptions that could adversely affect our cash flow.
Our production forecasts are dependent upon many assumptions, including estimates of production decline rates from existing wells and the outcome of future drilling activity. Although we believe the expectations and forecasts reflected in these and other forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance they will prove to have been correct. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties.
The SEC has generally permitted oil and natural gas companies, in filings made with the SEC, to disclose only proved reserves that a company has demonstrated by actual production or conclusive formation tests to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions. Above we describe volumes of reserves potentially recoverable through additional drilling or recovery techniques that the SEC's guidelines may prohibit us from including in filings with the SEC. These estimates are by their nature more speculative than estimates of proved reserves and accordingly are subject to substantially greater risk of actually being realized by the company. While we believe our calculations of unproved drillsites and estimation of unproved reserves have been appropriately risked and are reasonable, such calculations and estimates have not been reviewed by third party engineers or appraisers.
Chesapeake Energy Corporation is the largest independent producer and third-largest overall producer of natural gas in the United States.Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company’ s operations are focused on exploratory and developmental drilling and corporate and property acquisitions in the Mid-Continent, Fort Worth Barnett Shale, Fayetteville Shale, Permian Basin, Delaware Basin, South Texas, Texas Gulf Coast, Ark-La-Tex and Appalachian Basin regions of the United States.The company’ s Internet address is www.chkenergy.com.
Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Oklahoma CityJeffrey L. Mobley, CFA, 405-767-4763Senior Vice President - Investor Relations and Researchjmobley@chkenergy.comorMarc Rowland, 405-879-9232Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officermrowland@chkenergy.com
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