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Press release from CNW Group

Surge Energy Inc. Announces Settlement Agreement

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Surge Energy Inc. Announces Settlement Agreement

15:22 EDT Thursday, May 23, 2013

CALGARY, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Surge Energy Inc. ("Surge" or the "Company") (TSX: SGY) is pleased to announce that it has reached a mutually beneficial settlement agreement, whereby all third party objections to Surge's holding applications at Valhalla have been withdrawn.  The negotiated settlement includes compensation by Surge of $4.0 million for gas production over the past 30 months.  The agreement includes a commercial arrangement which accounts for and compensates the parties for any future gas obligations and the withdrawal of a lawsuit filed by one of the objectors.  Surge will continue with the optimal development of the southern portion of this elite, operated light oil asset at Valhalla.

Surge is an oil focused oil and gas producer with operations in Western Alberta and Manitoba.  Surge's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SGY and the Company currently has 71.2 million basic and 79.2 million fully diluted shares outstanding.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements. More particularly, this press release contains statements concerning anticipated exploration, development, drilling, construction and acquisition activities.

The forward-looking statements are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by Surge, including expectations and assumptions concerning the performance of existing wells and success obtained in drilling new wells, anticipated expenses, cash flow and capital expenditures and the application of regulatory and royalty regimes.

Although Surge believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because Surge can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general (e.g., operational risks in development, exploration and production; delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses, and health, safety and environmental risks), commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations and uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures. Certain of these risks are set out in more detail in Surge's Annual Information Form which has been filed on SEDAR and can be accessed at www.sedar.com.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and Surge undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

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

SOURCE: Surge Energy Inc.

For further information:

Paul Colborne, 
Chairman, President and CEO
Surge Energy Inc.
Phone: (403) 930-1057 
Fax: (403) 930-1011 
Email: pcolborne@surgeenergy.ca

Max Lof, 
CFO
Surge Energy Inc.
Phone: (403) 930-1021
Fax: (403) 930-1011
Email: mlof@surgeenergy.ca  

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