Press Release

Sprott Resource Corp. announces that WestFire Energy Ltd. initiated a process to identify strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value

TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - Sprott Resource Corp. (TSX: SCP) - Sprott Resource Corp. ("SRC") announced today that the Board of Directors of WestFire Energy Ltd. ("WestFire" or the "Company") (TSX:WFE), of which SRC currently holds approximately 19.5% of its common shares and approximately 99.4% of its non-voting convertible shares, or approximately 34% on a diluted basis, has decided to initiate a process to identify, examine and consider a range of strategic alternatives available to the Company with a view to enhancing shareholder value.

WestFire has announced that strategic alternatives may include, but are not limited to, a sale of all or a material portion of the assets of WestFire, either in one transaction or in a series of transactions, the outright sale of the Company, or merger or other transaction involving WestFire and a third party.  For the purposes of considering strategic alternatives, WestFire has established a special committee consisting of independent directors, John Brussa (Chair), Christopher Fong and Roger Thomas and the Company's Executive Chairman, Ed Chwyl (being a non-voting member) to oversee the process.  WestFire has engaged Cormark Securities Inc. as its financial advisor in connection with the process.

About WestFire

WestFire is a Calgary, Alberta based oil and gas exploration, development and production company whose shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol of "WFE".

About Sprott Resource Corp.

SRC is a Canadian-based company, the primary purpose of which is to invest and operate in natural resources.  Through acquisitions, joint ventures and other investments, SRC seeks to provide its shareholders with exposure to the natural resource sector for the purposes of capital appreciation and real wealth preservation. SRC is well positioned to draw upon the considerable experience and expertise of both its Board of Directors and Sprott Consulting Limited Partnership (SCLP), of which Sprott Inc. is the sole limited partner.  Pursuant to a management services agreement between SCLP and SRC, SCLP provides day-to-day business management for SRC as well as other management and administrative services.  SRC invests and operates through Sprott Resource Partnership (SRP), a partnership between SRC and Sprott Resource Consulting Limited Partnership, an affiliate of SCLP which is the managing partner of SRP.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the information contained herein.

Forward-looking information and statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking information and statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements. In particular, but without limiting the forgoing, this news release contains forward-looking information and statements pertaining to the potential results of the strategic alternative review process and enhancement of shareholder valueIn addition, forward-looking statements or information are based on a number of material factors, expectations or assumptions which have been used to develop such statements and information but which may prove to be incorrect. Although SRC believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements or information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because SRC can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.  The forward-looking information and statements included in this news release are not guarantees of future performance and should not be unduly relied upon. Such information and statement, including the assumptions made in respect thereof, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to defer materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information or statements.

The forward-looking information and statements contained in this news release speak only as of the date of this news release, and SRC does not assume any obligation to publicly update or revise any of the included forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be expressly required by applicable securities laws.

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