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RIVA PETROLEUM REPORTS SUCCESSFUL 'KICK-OFF' PHASE OF THE RE-ENTRY OPERATION ON THE SAMEDAN TOWSLEY NO. 1 WELL

 RIVA PETROLEUM REPORTS SUCCESSFUL 'KICK-OFF' PHASE OF THE
 RE-ENTRY OPERATION ON THE SAMEDAN TOWSLEY NO. 1 WELL
 VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Riva Petroleum Inc. (Vancouver: RVA) reports that the "kick-off" phase of the re-entry operation on the Samedan Towsley No. 1 well was accomplished successfully. Directional drilling of the new hole has commenced with the well currently drilling in the upper Topanga Formation at a depth of 10,485 feet. Penetration rate in the original wellbore averaged 100 feet per day.
 The Samedan Towsley No. 1 well is being drilled on the Pico Anticline to evaluate the hydrocarbon potential of the primary objective, the Sespe Formation and secondary objectives in the overlying
Topanga Formation. The original wellbore encountered numerous oil shows in the Topanga Formation beginning at a depth of 12,000 feet. The new wellbore will drill into the structure at a different angle than the original well and should intersect these oil-bearing zones 400-500 feet higher on the structure.
 The Pico Anticline, site of the first commercial oil well in California, is a large structural feature located in the Ventura Basin, a few miles north of Los Angeles. Riva participates for a 30 percent working interest in the Pico Anticline Project.
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 /CONTACT: Doug Lindeman of Cottrell & Lindeman, 213-936-6677, for Riva Petroleum/
 (RVA.) CO: Riva Petroleum ST: British Columbia IN: OIL SU:


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