Arsenal Energy Inc. Spuds North Dakota Bakken Well

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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2012) - Arsenal Energy Inc. (TSX:AEI.TO - News) (PINKSHEETS:AEYIF.PK - News)

At Stanley North Dakota, Arsenal as operator has spud the Anthony Robert two mile horizontal Bakken well. Arsenal has a 79% working interest in the well. After the Anthony Robert well the drilling rig will move directly to the Wade Morris (79% WI) two mile horizontal Bakken location also at Stanley North Dakota. It is anticipated that both wells will be finished drilling by mid April, 2012 and completed by the end of May, 2012.

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Contact:
Tony van Winkoop
Arsenal Energy Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer
(403) 262-4854
(403)-265-6877 (FAX)
info@arsenalenergy.com

J. Paul Lawrence
Arsenal Energy Inc.
Vice President, Finance and CFO
(403) 262-4854
(403)-265-6877 (FAX)
info@arsenalenergy.com

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Arsenal Energy Inc.
Calgary, Alberta, T2P 0M9
www.arsenalenergy.com

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