CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - July 4, 2013) - Standard Exploration Ltd. (the "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:SDE) announces that at its annual general and special meeting held on June 20, 2013 (the "Meeting"), four of the five directors nominated by management to be re-elected as directors of the Corporation received more "withheld" votes than votes "for." The directors have agreed to resign from the board of directors of the Corporation (the "Board"). Detailed voting results for the election of directors at the Meeting are as follows:

Nominee Votes For % For Votes Withheld % Withheld
Ronald Wiebe 15,677,210 43.68% 20,214,747 56.32%
Robert Mason 16,347,510 45.55% 19,544,447 54.45%
Patrick Powell 19,981,210 55.53% 16,000,747 44.47%
Brian Korney 16,342,180 45.53% 19,549,777 54.47%
John McGilvary 16,347,510 45.55% 19,544,447 54.45%

A new Board has been appointed, consisting of Alan R. Breakey, Tom MacKay, Peter Sider and Dale Burstall (the "New Board"), who have agreed, subject to regulatory approval, to act as directors of the Corporation until the next annual meeting or until a successor has been appointed.

The composition of the New Board is designed to provide a balance between oversight and assistance to management in meeting corporate growth objectives. As soon as possible, the New Board plans to add an individual with a C.A. designation to chair the Audit Committee.

The Corporation also announces that, effective immediately, Tom MacKay has replaced Ronald Wiebe as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation and Dale Burstall has replaced Trevor Wong-Chor as Corporate Secretary of the Corporation. In addition, Alan Breakey has been appointed as Vice-President Exploration of the Corporation.

All officer appointments are also subject to regulatory approval.

The following are biographies regarding the members of the New Board and newly appointed officers of the Corporation.

Tom MacKay, P. Eng.

Mr. MacKay is the President and co-founder of Penco Oil and Gas Ltd. ("Penco"), a private oil and gas company, founded in 2011, with holdings in southern Alberta. He is a petroleum engineer with 37 years of experience, providing executive leadership to public and private junior oil and gas companies, including Chancellor Energy, Forte Resources, Forte Energy, Forte Oil and Gas, Valiant Energy and Thoroughbred Resources, in the western Canadian oil and gas industry for the last 22 years. He holds a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering from Queen's University. In addition to the Corporation and Penco, Mr. MacKay currently serves on the boards of directors of two other Canadian private oil and gas companies and a private U.S. based oil and gas company.

Alan R. Breakey, P.Geol.

Mr. Breakey is the Vice-President, Exploration and co-founder of Penco. He is a petroleum geologist with nearly 40 years of experience in the industry. Prior to the Penco start-up in 2011, Mr. Breakey co-founded a number of private junior oil and gas companies over the past 15 years. He is also the Managing Director of Moose Mountain Resources Inc., a private consulting company providing geological evaluations for projects in Western Canada, Argentina, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Breakey was the Vice-President, Exploration and co-founder of Resolution Resources Ltd., and from 1991 to 1993, Mr. Breakey was the Exploration Manager of Chancellor Energy Ltd., both Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") listed companies. He holds a M.Sc. in Geological Sciences from McGill University and a B.Sc. in Geological Sciences: from Queen's University.

Peter Sider, P.Eng.

Mr. Sider has been Vice President of Operations, Engineering & Business Development at Petromas Energy Inc. since May 27, 2013. Mr. Sider has more than 30 years of domestic and international oil and gas experience with a strong background in production operations. He was most recently Vice President, European Operations with Vermillion Energy Inc., a Calgary-based international oil and gas producer with assets in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Ireland and Australia. He joined Vermillion in 2006 and was previously the Managing Director, Netherlands and Regional Director, Europe. Prior to that, he was a venture capitalist and consultant involved in the start-up of a number of oil and gas companies. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary.

Dale Burstall, LLB

Mr. Burstall has been a partner at Burstall Winger LLP since 1994. Mr. Burstall has served as a director and officer of several public companies and is currently Corporate Secretary of Karnalyte Resources Inc., a TSX listed company and a director and Corporate Secretary of Marksmen Energy Inc., a TSX Venture Exchange Inc. listed company. Mr. Burstall received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary in 1982 and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia in 1985. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1986.

About Standard Exploration Ltd.

The Corporation is a Canadian based oil and gas corporation with operations in Alberta, Canada and is traded on TSX Venture Exchange. The Corporation's public filings may be found at

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that terms is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release may contain certain forward-looking information and statements. All statements included herein, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking information and such information involves various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. A description of assumptions used to develop such forward-looking information and a description of risk factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking information can be found in the Corporation's disclosure documents on the SEDAR website at The Corporation does not undertake to update any forward-looking information except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

Contact Information:

Standard Exploration Ltd.
Tom MacKay
Chief Executive Officer
(403) 262-4450