Gastar Exploration Inc.
Gastar Exploration Inc. (Form: 3, Received: 06/13/2017 16:30:27)
Washington, D.C. 20549


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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940

1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *

Roberts Stephen Phillip

2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (MM/DD/YYYY)

3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol

Gastar Exploration Inc. [GST]

(Last)        (First)        (Middle)

1331 LAMAR, SUITE 650

4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)

_____ Director                            _____ 10% Owner
___ X ___ Officer (give title below)          _____ Other (specify below)
Senior VP & COO /


HOUSTON, TX 77010       

(City)              (State)              (Zip)
5. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)


6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)

_ X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned
(Instr. 4)
3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned ( e.g. , puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares

Explanation of Responses:
No securities are beneficially owned.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Roberts Stephen Phillip
1331 LAMAR, SUITE 650

Senior VP & COO

/s/ Stephen P. Roberts, by Michael A. Gerlich as Attorney in Fact 6/13/2017
** Signature of Reporting Person Date

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The undersigned hereby constitutes and appoints Michael A. Gerlich and J.
Russell Porter, or
either of them acting without the other, with full power of substitution, as the
undersigned's true
and lawful attorney-in-fact to:
(1)     Execute for and on behalf of the undersigned a Form ID (including amendments

thereto), or any other forms prescribed by the Securities and Exchange
Commission, that may be necessary to obtain codes and passwords enabling the
undersigned to make electronic filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission of the forms referenced in clause (2) below;
(2)     Execute for and on behalf of the undersigned any (a) Form 3, Form 4 and Form
(including amendments thereto) in accordance with Section 16(a) of the
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), (b) Form 144
(including amendments thereto) and (c) Schedule 13D and Schedule 13G
(including amendments thereto) in accordance with Sections 13(d) and 13(g) of
the Exchange Act, but only to the extent each form or schedule relates to the
undersigned's beneficial ownership of securities of Gastar Exploration Inc. or
of its subsidiaries;
(3)     Do and perform any and all acts for and on behalf of the undersigned that
may be
necessary or desirable to complete and execute any Form ID, Form 3, Form 4,
Form 5, Form 144, Schedule 13D or Schedule 13G (including amendments
thereto) and timely file the forms or schedules with the Securities and Exchange

Commission and any stock exchange or quotation system, self-regulatory
association or any other authority, and provide a copy as required by law or
advisable to such persons as the attorney-in-fact deems appropriate; and
(4)     Take any other action in connection with the foregoing that, in the opinion
of the
attorney-in-fact, may be of benefit to, in the best interest of or legally
required of
the undersigned, it being understood that the documents executed by the
in-fact on behalf of the undersigned pursuant to this Power of Attorney shall be
the form and shall contain the terms and conditions as the attorney-in-fact may
approve in the attorney-in-fact's discretion.
The undersigned hereby grants to the attorney-in-fact full power and authority
to do and perform
all and every act requisite, necessary or proper to be done in the exercise of
any of the rights and
powers granted herein, as fully to all intents and purposes as the undersigned
might or could do if
personally present, with full power of substitution or revocation, hereby
ratifying and confirming
all that the attorney-in-fact shall lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue of
this Power of
Attorney and the rights and powers granted herein.  The undersigned acknowledges
that the
attorney-in-fact, in serving in such capacity at the request of the undersigned,
are not assuming
(nor is Gastar Exploration Inc. assuming) any of the undersigned's
responsibilities to comply
with Section 16 of the Exchange Act.
The undersigned agrees that the attorney-in-fact may rely entirely on
information furnished
orally or in writing by or at the direction of the undersigned to the
attorney-in-fact.  The
undersigned also agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Gastar Exploration Inc.
and the
attorney-in-fact against any losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions
in these respects)
that arise out of or are based upon any untrue statements or omissions of
necessary facts in the
information provided by or at the direction of the undersigned, or upon the lack
of timeliness in
the delivery of information by or at the direction of the undersigned, to the
attorney-in fact for
purposes of executing, acknowledging, delivering or filing a Form ID, Form 3,
Form 4, Form 5,
Form 144, Schedule 13D or Schedule 13G (including amendments thereto) and agrees
reimburse Gastar Exploration Inc. and the attorney-in-fact on demand for any
legal or other
expenses reasonably incurred in connection with investigating or defending
against any such
loss, claim, damage, liability or action.
This Power of Attorney shall remain in full force and effect until the
undersigned is no longer
required to file Form ID, Form 3, Form 4, Form 5, Form 144, Schedule 13D and
Schedule 13G
(including amendments thereto) with respect to the undersigned's holdings of and
transactions in
securities issued by Gastar Exploration Inc., unless earlier revoked by the
undersigned in a
signed writing delivered to the attorney-in-fact.  This Power of Attorney does
not revoke any
other power of attorney that the undersigned has previously granted.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has caused this Power of Attorney to be
executed as
of the date written below.

/s/ Stephen P. Roberts

Stephen P. Roberts
Type or Print Name

June 13, 2017