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CONNACHER ANNOUNCES TENDER OFFER FOR 11¾% FIRST LIEN SENIOR SECURED NOTES DUE 2014 AND 10¼% SECOND LIEN SENIOR SECURED NOTES DUE 2015

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

CONNACHER ANNOUNCES TENDER OFFER FOR 11¾% FIRST LIEN SENIOR SECURED NOTES DUE 2014 AND 10¼% SECOND LIEN SENIOR SECURED NOTES DUE 201507:00 EDT Tuesday, May 10, 2011CALGARY, May 10 /CNW/ - Connacher Oil and Gas Limited ("Connacher" or the "Company") (TSX: CLL)  today announced that it has commenced cash tender offers (each, an "Offer" and collectively, the "Offers") and consent solicitations with respect to any and all of the US$200,000,000 aggregate outstanding principal amount of its 11¾% First Lien Senior Secured Notes due 2014 (the "2014 Notes") and the US$587,340,000 aggregate outstanding principal amount of its 10¼% Second Lien Senior Secured Notes due 2015 (the "2015 Notes" and together with the 2014 Notes, the "Notes"). In conjunction with the Offers, Connacher is soliciting noteholder consents (each, a "Consent Solicitation" and collectively, the "Consent Solicitations") to effect certain amendments to the indentures governing the Notes.The Offers are scheduled to expire at 12:00 Midnight, New York City time on June 7, 2011, unless extended by the Company or earlier terminated (the "Expiration Date"). Noteholders who provide consents to the proposed amendments will receive a consent payment (a "Consent Payment") per US$1,000 principal amount of Notes tendered and accepted for purchase pursuant to the Offers if they provide their consents prior to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 23, 2011, unless such date is extended or earlier terminated (the "Consent Payment Deadline"). The total consideration to be paid for each US$1,000 principal amount of 2014 Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn before the Consent Payment Deadline will be US$1,070, which includes a Consent Payment of US$30 per US$1,000 principal amount of 2014 Notes. The total consideration to be paid for each US$1,000 principal amount of the 2015 Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn before the Consent Payment Deadline will be US$1,095, which includes a Consent Payment of US$30 per US$1,000 principal amount of 2015 Notes. Noteholders tendering after the Consent Payment Deadline and prior to the Expiration Date will be eligible to receive only US$1,040 per US$1,000 principal amount of 2014 Notes and US$1,065 per US$1,000 principal amount of 2015 Notes that are validly tendered and not validly withdrawn.In addition, holders whose Notes are accepted for purchase in the Offers shall receive accrued and unpaid interest in respect of such purchased Notes from the last interest payment date to, but not including, the applicable settlement date. Upon the terms and conditions described in the Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement (as defined below), payment for Notes validly tendered and not withdrawn before the Consent Payment Deadline and accepted for purchase will be made promptly following the business day on which both (i) the Consent Payment Deadline has occurred and (ii) all conditions to the Offers have been satisfied or waived (the "Initial Settlement Date"). The Initial Settlement Date is currently expected to be May 31, 2011.The obligations to accept for payment or to pay for any Notes or make any Consent Payments pursuant to the Offers and Consent Solicitations are conditional on, among other things, the following:the tender of Notes and receipt of consents representing at least a majority of the aggregate principal amount of each series of Notes outstanding on or prior to May 23, 2011, andthe completion of one or more secured debt financings on terms acceptable to the Company and in an amount that is sufficient to pay the purchase price in respect of all Notes tendered, including accrued and unpaid interest, plus estimated fees and expenses relating to the Offers and Consent Solicitations.Connacher has retained Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and RBC Capital Markets, LLC to serve as Dealer Managers for the Offers and the Consent Solicitations. Requests for additional copies of documents may be directed to D.F. King & Co., Inc., the Depositary and the Information Agent for the Offers and Consent Solicitations, at (800) 549-6746. Questions regarding the Offers and Consent Solicitations may be directed to Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC at (800) 820-1653 or (212) 538-2147 or RBC Capital Markets, LLC at (877) 381-2099 or (212) 618-7822.This press release is not an offer to purchase, a solicitation of an offer to purchase or a solicitation of consents with respect to any securities. The Offers and Consent Solicitations are being made solely by the Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement dated May 10, 2011.Forward-Looking InformationThis press release contains certain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities law including statements regarding the timing and completion of the Offers. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "would", "potential", "proposed" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. These statements are only predictions.  All of the forward looking statements in this release are qualified by the assumptions that are stated or inherent in such forward-looking statements. The key assumptions that have been made in connection with the forward-looking statements include the ability to satisfy the conditions of the Offers, including completion of one or more debt financings and assumptions regarding economic conditions. Although management believes that the assumptions and expectations reflected in such forward looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because the Company cannot give any assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.    Forward-looking information is based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the information is provided, and is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. For a description of the risks and uncertainties facing Connacher and its business and affairs, readers should refer to Connacher's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2010 which is available at www.sedar.com. Connacher undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.For further information: Richard A. Gusella Chairman and Chief Executive Officer   Peter D. Sametz President and Chief Operating Officer   Grant D. Ukrainetz Vice President, Corporate Development   Phone:  (403) 538-6201     Fax:  (403) 538-6225 inquiries@connacheroil.com       Website:  connacheroil.com