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Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. to Release 2010 Third Quarter Financial Results Thursday, October 28

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. to Release 2010 Third Quarter Financial Results Thursday, October 2806:00 EDT Thursday, October 21, 2010 CALGARY, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. (TSX: ATH) will issue its 2010 third quarter financial results on Thursday, October 28, 2010 before the market opens.  The company will provide an update on its current activities along with the financial statements and management's discussion and analysis (MD&A) for the period ended September 30, 2010.  These will be available on the company's website at www.aosc.com or from the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. Athabasca is focused on the sustainable development of oil sands in the Athabasca region of northern Alberta.  It is the second largest leaseholder in the region and has 8.7 billion barrels, comprised of 8.6 billion barrels of contingent resources (best estimate) and 114 million barrels of probable reserves (based on resource evaluations by GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. and DeGolyer and MacNaughton Canada Limited in June 2010). Athabasca forms strategic partnerships to bring together the best technology, research and operational strength to deliver high standards in environmental performance, stakeholder relations and risk management.  Common shares of Athabasca are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol of ATH. Reader Advisory This News Release contains forward-looking information that involves various risks, uncertainties and other factors. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. The use of any of the words "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "predict", "pursue" and "potential" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking information is not historical fact, but rather is based on AOSC's current plans, objectives, goals, strategies, estimates, assumptions and projections including: fluctuations in market prices for crude oil and bitumen blend; general economic, market and business conditions; dependence on the PetroChina subsidiary as the joint venture participant in the MacKay River and Dover oil sands projects; variations in foreign exchange and interest rates; factors affecting potential profitability; the global financial crisis; uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of reserves and resources; AOSC's status and stage of development; uncertainties inherent in Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage ("SAGD"), Cyclic Steam Stimulation ("CSS") and other bitumen recovery processes; the potential impact of the exercise of the Put/Call Options (as defined in the Prospectus) on AOSC; failure to meet the conditions precedent to the exercise by AOSC of the Put/Call Options, including failure to receive regulatory approval for the MacKay River oil sands project and/or the Dover oil sands project when anticipated or at all; failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals for completion of the Put/Call Option transactions on the terms and conditions set forth in the Put/Call Option Agreement; failure to meet development schedules and potential cost overruns; increases in operating costs can make projects uneconomic; the effect of diluent and natural gas supply constraints and increases in the costs thereof; gas over bitumen issues affecting operational results; the potential for adverse consequences in the event that AOSC defaults under certain of the PetroChina Transaction Agreements (as defined in the Prospectus); environmental risks and hazards and the cost of compliance with environmental regulations, including greenhouse gas regulations and potential Canadian and U.S. climate change legislation; failure to obtain or retain key personnel; the substantial capital requirements of AOSC's projects; the need to obtain regulatory approvals and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements; extent of, and cost of compliance with, government laws and regulations and the effect of changes in such laws and regulations from time to time; changes to royalty regimes; political risks; failure to accurately estimate abandonment and reclamation costs; risks inherent in AOSC's operations, including those related to exploration, development and production of oil sands reserves and resources, including the production of oil sands reserves and resources using SAGD, CSS or other in-situ technologies; the potential for management estimates and assumptions to be inaccurate; long term reliance on third parties; reliance on third party infrastructure for project facilities; failure by counterparties (including without limitation on the PetroChina subsidiary) to make payments or perform their operational or other obligations to AOSC in compliance with the terms of contractual arrangements between AOSC and such counterparties and the possible consequences thereof; the potential lack of available drilling equipment and limitations on access to AOSC's assets; aboriginal claims; seasonality; hedging risks; risks associated with establishing and maintaining systems of internal controls; insurance risks; claims made in respect of AOSC's operations, properties or assets; the potential for adverse consequences as a result of the change of control provisions in the PetroChina Transaction Agreements; competition for, among other things, capital, the acquisition of reserves and resources, export pipeline capacity and skilled personnel; the failure of AOSC or the holder of certain licenses or leases to meet specific requirements of such licenses or leases; risks arising from future acquisition activities; risks relating to the reliance on financial information, including that financial information does not reflect the added costs that AOSC expects to incur as a public entity; volatility in the market price of the common shares; the effect that the issuance of additional securities by AOSC could have on the market price of the common shares; and risks relating to AOSC's dividend policy. In addition, information and statements in this News Release relating to "reserves" and "resources" are deemed to be forward-looking information and statements, as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves and resources described exist in the quantities predicted or estimated, and that the reserves and resources described can be profitably produced in the future. The assumptions relating to AOSC's reserves and resources are contained in the reports of GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. dated effective April 30, 2010 and DeGolyer and MacNaughton Canada Limited dated effective April 30, 2010. The risks and uncertainties referred to above are described in more detail in AOSC's prospectus dated March 30, 2010 and in AOSC's Statement of Oil and Gas Reserves Data and Other Oil and Gas Information for the Year Ended December 31, 2009, each of which is available on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. See also AOSC's press release issued on June 9, 2010. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive. The forward-looking statements included in this News Release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. AOSC does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by applicable securities laws. To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2010/21/c4207.htmlFor further information: <p></p> <p>Heather Douglas</p> <p>Vice President, Communications & External Affairs</p> <p>(403) 532-7408</p> <p><a href="mailto:hdouglas@aosc.com" font-weight="bold">hdouglas@aosc.com</a></p>