News Release

May 14, 1997

Core Drilling Program at Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland, Underway Today.

CALGARY, ALBERTA - E. Denis Gagnon, Director and C.F.O. of Softrock Petroleums Ltd. is very pleased to report that the Corporation's anticipated core drilling program at Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland, is underway today.

Softrock has contracted TGB/Arctic Contractors Inc. of Nuuk, Greenland, to drill the initial program which comprises a number of potential massive sulphide targets in the search for copper, nickel and cobalt and several potential kimberlite diatreme targets in the search for diamonds. The 100% owned Kangerlussuaq/Sarfartoq property covers a total of 294 square kilometers (72,646 net acres).

The prime objective of the Geoterrex ground geophysical surveys conducted by Softrock in March, 1997 was to position on the ground a group of selected Dighem airborne anomalies mapped in November, 1996. The project was completed with all targets confirmed and located for drilling.

Geological ground investigation in March, 1997 revealed a series of thin bedded "felsic volcanics" in a dominant Amphibolite Unit. This geology is favorable for bedded massive sulfide type mineralization. A very strong 200 metre wide, steeply dipping near surface conductor is the prime target on the 8 kilometre prospective trend. Evidence of anomalous copper, nickel and cobalt values were derived from assays on the severely weathered surficial cap. It will likely be 4 to 6 weeks, at the earliest, before drill core assay results are available.

SoftRock trades on the Alberta Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "STZ".

A full text of this release and other desired information may be acquired by contacting E. Denis Gagnon or J.B. Keith McLean locally at (403) 266-2605 or toll free at 1-800-809-3411.

The Alberta Stock Exchange has neither approved or dispproved of the information contained herein.