HOUSTON, April 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Strongbow Resources Inc. (OTCBB:STBR.OB) ("Strongbow" or "the Company"), announces it has acquired a surface lease and is proceeding as planned to drill a well, Big Lake Compeer 5-29-33-2W4, in the Compeer area of eastern Alberta. The well will test the Viking and Bakken Formations for the presence of commercial oil. A drilling rig has been contracted from Ensign Drilling. The well is scheduled to be spudded on or about May 15, 2012 and all license transfers and contracts are now in place to allow drilling to commence.

The Compeer Viking Formation oil prospect is part of an emerging large oil resource play in Eastern and Central Alberta as well as in the Dodsland area of Saskatchewan. The deeper Bakken Formation is present in the Compeer area and appears to have characteristics similar to productive Bakken oil shale in Saskatchewan. In the event the Viking Formation is completed in 5-29, Strongbow plans to develop the Viking Formation using four (4) horizontal wells per square mile section. Viking wells drilled on neighboring leases within five kilometers of the Company's targeted drilling site have been completed using horizontal multistage frac completions. Initial production from the Bakken is expected to be higher if that zone proves to be productive after evaluation by the first well. If successful, the Bakken would also be developed by four horizontal wells per section.

Strongbow will be evaluating both zones with a vertical well first and will core both the Viking and Bakken intervals. The Company has farmed into eight (8) sections in the area.

About Strongbow Resources Inc.

On February 21, 2012 Strongbow executed an agreement through which it acquired the right to earn an undivided 100% working interest in a Petroleum and Natural Gas License covering eight (8) sections of land (5,120 acres, more or less) located in the Compeer Area in the Province of Alberta, Canada. It plans to begin exploration of that acreage immediately. Strongbow is also negotiating a number of additional oil and gas leases through which it intends to expand its operations in Canada and the United States. Strongbow Resources Inc. does business as Big Lake Energy Ltd. in Alberta.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release includes forward-looking statements as determined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events, or developments that the Company believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include general economic and business conditions, the ability to acquire and develop specific projects, the ability to fund operations and changes in consumer and business consumption habits and other factors over which the Company has little or no control. The Company does not intend (and is not obligated) to update publicly any forward-looking statements. The contents of this press release should be considered in conjunction with the warnings and cautionary statements contained in the Company's recent filings with the SEC.

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