WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


                                 SCHEDULE 14D-9


                     OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                               (Amendment No. 1)

                          Aspen Exploration Corporation
                            (Name of Subject Company)

                          Aspen Exploration Corporation
                        (Name of Person Filing Statement)

                    Common Stock, par value $0.005 per share
                         (Title of Class of Securities)

                      (CUSIP Number of Class of Securities)

                      R.V. Bailey, Chief Executive Officer
                        2050 S. Oneida Street, Suite 208
                                Denver, CO 80224
                                 (303) 639-9860
   (Name, address and telephone number of person authorized to receive notices
          and communications on behalf of the persons filing statement)

                                  With Copy To:

                            Herrick K. Lidstone, Jr.
                            Burns, Figa & Will, P.C.
                        6400 South Fiddlers Green Circle
                                   Suite 1000
                           Greenwood Village, CO 80111
                                 (303) 796-2626

|X|  Check the box if the filing relates solely to preliminary communications
     made before the commencement of a tender offer.

     On December 10, 2008 Aspen Exploration Corporation submitted correspondence
to the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the registration statement
on Form S-4 filed by Royale Energy Inc. which pertains to Royale's proposed
exchange offer. A copy of that correspondence was filed on a Schedule 14d-9 on
that same date (the "Original Filing"). Aspen has discovered a minor error in
the Original Filing in which in one place it interchanged the name "Royale" with
"Aspen". This Schedule 14d-9 is being filed to properly set forth the parties
name in one place in the Original Filing. The remainder of the letter set forth
below is the same as that included in the Original Filing.

                          Aspen Exploration Corporation
                        2050 S. Oneida Street, Suite 208
                                Denver, CO 80224


December 10, 2008

Norman Gholson, Attorney-Advisor
Division of Corporation Finance
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20549

     RE: Royale Energy, Inc.
         Form S-4; Filed November 25, 2008, File No.

Dear Mr. Gholson:

     Royale Energy, Inc. ("Royale") has publicly announced that it intends to
commence an exchange offer for a minimum of 48% and a maximum of 55% of the
outstanding shares of common stock of Aspen Exploration Corporation ("Aspen").
On November 25, 2008 Royale filed a registration statement on Form S-4 (the
"S-4") with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") to register 1,451,925
shares of Royale common stock to be issued in exchange for up to 3,992,792
shares of Aspen common stock. Also on November 25, 2008 Royale filed a Form TO
with the SEC.

     Aspen has reviewed the S-4 and believes that the disclosure in the S-4
contains material misstatements and omissions regarding Aspen, Aspen's
relationship with Royale, the nature and likely effects of Royale's proposed
exchange offer, and the process by which Aspen is exploring its strategic
alternatives in addition to a number of less substantive errors and omissions.
Aspen believes that if Royale commences an exchange offer and distributes either
a preliminary prospectus or prospectus containing substantially the same
disclosure included in the S-4, Aspen's shareholders will not have complete and
accurate information by which to make an investment decision. Aspen believes the
misstatements and omissions should be further explained, deleted in their
entirety and/or corrected in Royale's S-4 and any other written materials
regarding Royale's proposed exchange offer.

     For your context in reviewing the issues raised by Aspen in this letter,
and the S-4 itself, it is important to note that on September 4, 2008 Aspen
announced that its board of directors had decided to investigate strategic
alternatives for Aspen, including the possibility of selling Aspen's assets or
considering another appropriate merger or acquisition transaction. That news
release stated that Aspen planned to open a data room where interested parties
could review certain information regarding Aspen so long as the interested
party: 1) demonstrated that it had a bona fide interest in exploring an asset
acquisition or other business combination with Aspen; 2) demonstrated adequate
financial capability to do so; and 3) entered into a mutual non-disclosure
agreement. Royale did not visit the data room and did not have any substantive
conversations with Aspen or its representatives regarding the acquisition of
Aspen assets, a potential business combination between the two companies, or
regarding its proposed exchange offer before it filed the S-4 and Schedule TO.
The statements that Royale makes regarding contacts with Aspen and its agents
are misleading and inaccurate as will be set forth in more detail when Aspen
files its Schedule 14D-9 response following the commencement of Royale's tender

     Outlined below are certain specific issues Aspen wanted to bring to your
attention. Although Aspen identified issues elsewhere in the S-4, the issues
cited in this letter are contained in the front portions of the prospectus such
as the Questions and Answers, Summary, and Background and Reasons for the Offer
sections. Aspen believes the misstatements and omissions in these sections are
particularly important to address because, given the format and length of form
S-4, they are especially likely to be reviewed and considered by Aspen's
shareholders. All references to page numbers in this letter refer to those
listed within the S-4.

I.   Questions and Answers About the Exchange Offer, pages 1-3

     Several of the questions and answers set forth in the S-4 contain
information that is contradictory, incomplete and inaccurate and likely would be
material to an Aspen shareholder when making a decision of whether or not to
tender their shares.

o    On page 1 under the heading "What is the per share value of the offer?"
     Royale admits that its per share exchange offer represented an 8.7%
     discount to market based on November 20, 2008, the most recent trading day
     before Royale announced its intention to commence the exchange offer.
     However, Royale then states on page 2 under the heading "Why is Royale
     offering to exchange shares for Aspen?" that Royale believes there is
     inherent unrealized value in Aspen's properties and assets. A similar
     statement is made in the final paragraph of page 14 where Royale states,
     "Royale will commit its resources to the level of development activity
     necessary to realize the value that has been locked away in the oil and gas
     properties owned by Aspen" (emphasis added). Logically this statement
     implies that the value of Aspen's properties that is "locked away" is not
     currently reflected in the market price of Aspen common stock. Importantly,
     nowhere in the S-4 does Royale explain how or why it arrived at its
     proposed exchange ratio or why it decided to initiate an exchange offer
     that represented a discount to market. Including statements in the S-4 that
     indicate that Royale believes there is untapped value in Aspen's oil and
     gas properties contradicts why Royale would elect to offer Aspen
     shareholders less than the current market value for their shares of common
     stock. Aspen believes that without further information these statements
     cited within the S-4 are contradictory and incomplete.

o    Under the heading "What if another company offers to purchase the assets of
     Aspen?" on page 2 Royale makes a false statement that could effect a
     shareholder's investment decision. Here, when explaining what could happen
     if another company makes an offer to purchase Aspen assets after Royale has
     completed the exchange offer, the S-4 includes the statement that, "Royale
     will evaluate the offers received by Aspen pursuant to their liquidation
     process, and if warranted, proceed with the sale, with one key advantage;
     Royale will provide a significant level of oversight, ensuring that the
     full value of any sale will be passed along to the Aspen shareholders
     without losing value to golden parachutes or other inappropriate actions."
     (emphasis added). This statement contains a materially false statement in
     that none of Aspen's executives or employees have golden parachutes. In
     fact, after December 31, 2008 only one of Aspen's executives will have an
     employment agreement with the Company and that agreement does not provide
     for any significant payment upon termination of the agreement or
     employment. Especially in light of the recent negative public attention
     given to executive compensation, Aspen believes the use of the phrase
     "golden parachute" may lead Aspen's shareholders to draw negative
     inferences about Aspen from the S-4 that are not based on facts. As such,
     this phrase should be either further explained in the S-4 or deleted in its

     Aspen also notes that the final question and answer regarding the exchange
offer on page 3 contains a legally incorrect statement. Here, Royale states that
the tender offer has commenced, and that the filing of the S-4 commenced the
tender offer. However, Rule 14d-2(a) promulgated under the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934 provides that a tender offer commences the date the bidder first
publishes, sends or gives the means to tender to security holders. Further, Rule
14d-4(b) provides that, with respect to an exchange offer, as soon as practical
after the commencement of a tender offer the bidder must publish, send or give
shareholders certain disclosure regarding a proposed tender offer by filing a
registration statement with the SEC and then delivering to shareholders either a
preliminary prospectus or a prospectus including a letter of transmittal. The
S-4 filed by Royale does not include a letter of transmittal, and to Aspen's
knowledge, Royale has not published, sent or given Aspen's shareholders a
preliminary prospectus, a prospectus, or a means to tender their shares.
Accordingly and contrary to Royale's statements, Royale's tender has not

II.  Summary, pages 4-6

     The Summary section of the S-4 also contains misstatements of fact,

o    Under the heading "Risk Factors" on page 6 Royale states that Aspen
     shareholders should review and consider the information in the risk factor
     section of the prospectus when deciding whether to vote for the "merger
     agreement." The transaction proposed by Royale is not a merger between
     Royale and Aspen and therefore there is not a merger agreement to be
     considered and approved by the Aspen shareholders. Instead, through the
     exchange offer Royale is seeking to become a 50% or greater shareholder of
     Aspen, and if it obtains majority control will likely eventually seek to
     gain ownership of the remaining shares of Aspen. Assuming this is
     ultimately the purpose of Royale's proposed exchange offer Aspen believes
     that this purpose should be disclosed and the brief summary in the S-4
     under the heading "Reasons for the Offer" on page 13 is inadequate and

III. Risk Factors, pages 9-11

     Aspen believes that the risk factors set forth in the S-4 contain
materially misstatements and omissions including:

o    The last two risk factors on page 9 state that Royale was not permitted to
     conduct a complete due diligence review of Aspen, and that Aspen refused to
     provide Royale with accounting information and other records necessary for
     Royale to fully access the financial and operating condition of Aspen.
     These risk factors materially misstate the reasons why Royale did not have
     access to the information cited - that Royale refused to qualify to enter
     the data room, and despite taking steps to visit the data room (such as
     requesting a confidentiality agreement and inquiring about available dates
     to visit the data room) never qualified to enter the data room and never
     visited the data room.

o    The risk factors do not describe any risks regarding the financial
     condition of Royale nor set forth any related risks that Aspen shareholders
     would assume if they tendered their shares and became Royale shareholders.
     The following three charts set forth material information about Royale,
     derived from Royale's reported financial statements, which are not
     adequately described in the S-4 and are not discussed in Royale's
     management's discussion and analysis.

     The following table shows that Royale's working capital has deteriorated
     over the past three years, and only improved during the nine months ended
     September 30, 2008, because Royale liquidated certain of its oil and gas
     assets in Kern County, California for $4,750,000 (a net gain to Royale of
     $2,637,203). Without this sale and the proceeds from a $3.830 million
     private placement completed by Royale earlier in 2008, Royale's working
     capital position would have been significantly less:

                                     Fiscal year end
               9/30/08          12/31/07         12/31/06        12/31/05
Royale*       ($138,548)      ($4,852,444)       $772,379      ($2,141,034)

          * The information for Royale is derived from Royale's published
          financial statements.

     As set forth in the following table, Royale's operating income has
     deteriorated over more than the past several years, and only improved
     during the nine months ended September 30, 2008, because of its liquidation
     of certain assets that Royale sold in September 2008 to provide needed (to
     Royale) working capital and a significant one-time gain that positively
     affected net income.

                                           Fiscal year end
                   Nine months
Royale*              9/30/08         12/31/07         12/31/06        12/31/05
income (loss)      ($576,762)      ($3,885,144)     ($3,188,616)     $2,257,444
Net income         $1,206,261      ($2,779,207)     ($2,649,701)     $1,185,903

          *The information for Royale is derived from Royale's published
          financial statements.

o    In a risk factor on page 10 the S-4 states that its common stock could be
     delisted from the NASDAQ Global Market. However, the S-4 does not state why
     this could occur or describe the risks or effects a delisting could have on
     Aspen's shareholders who would acquire Royal common shares if they tender
     their shares.

o    Furthermore, during the fiscal years ended December 31, 2005 through
     December 31, 2007, Royale's reserves valued at a 10% discount to net
     present value declined from $34,803,441 (December 31, 2005) to $10,644,882
     (December 31, 2007). During the comparable fiscal years ended June 30, 2006
     through June 30, 2008 (and contrary to the implications contained in
     Royale's S-4), Aspen's reserves increased from $5,725,000 (June 30, 2006)
     to $8,034,000 (June 30, 2008).

IV.  Background and Reasons for the Offer, pages 12-14

     As drafted this section of the S-4 contains numerous material misstatements
and omissions as outlined below. Aspen believes these are particularly important
in that, as drafted, the S-4 inaccurately states, and directly implies, that
Aspen's current management may have had improper motives with respect to Aspen's
decision to explore its strategic alternatives, and that Aspen had prejudgments
against Royale, and was not fair with respect to Royale and the entire data room

o    The discussion included in the S-4 directly and indirectly states that
     Aspen and Royale have had an on-going working relationship. For example,
     the first paragraph states that " some instances [Royale and Aspen]
     have joined together in pipeline agreements to jointly transport gas."
     Similarly, in the second paragraph on page 14 the S-4 states that, "Aspen's
     CEO, Bob Cohan, and Royale's Stephen Hosmer have worked cooperatively..."
     However, the extent of relationship between Aspen's and Royale's business
     relationship has been entering into a single, routine Pipeline Use
     Agreement that became effective August 1, 2003. It is not clear why Royale
     has represented and implied throughout the S-4 that the two companies, and
     certain of Aspen's and Royale's officers, have had an on-going working
     relationship on any issues beyond the pipeline use agreement when no such
     relationship has existed.

o    On page 14 the S-4 states that, "The management of Royale believes the
     interim management at Aspen has silenced the voice of an important
     executive and director of the company, [Mr. Robert Cohan.]" Aspen believes
     this statement is inaccurate, materially misleading, and reasonably could
     be construed by a reader to imply that Aspen's management had an improper
     motive when it decided that Aspen should explore strategic alternatives. It
     is important to note that although as a result of health issues Mr. Cohan
     is no longer serving as the Company's chief executive officer he has
     remained involved in the Company as its president and as a member of the
     board of directors. In fact, he was a part of the decision making process,
     and voted in favor of the Company's decision, to explore its strategic
     alternatives. All of this information is known to (although misstated by)
     Royale's management and board inasmuch as they have reviewed Aspen's
     published information and in fact have spoken with both Mr. Cohan and Mr.
     Bailey. Additionally, Aspen believes it is misleading and inappropriate to
     imply that Mr. Bailey, who assumed the position of chief executive officer
     and has served as a director and officer of the Company since its
     inception, is truly "interim" management and would seek to "silence the
     voice" of Mr. Cohan.

o    As previously noted on September 4, 2008 Aspen issued a news release
     stating that it had decided to explore its strategic alternatives including
     the possibility of selling Aspen's assets or considering another
     appropriate merger or acquisition transaction. The S-4 inaccurately
     misrepresents that Aspen has determined to liquidate its assets. For
     example, on page 14, the S-4 inaccurately expressly states that Aspen's
     stated intention was to liquidate its assets. Similarly, on page 12 the S-4
     quotes Mr. Bailey as saying that he had a desire to "cash out" Aspen's
     assets in liquidation. As described in its September 4, 2008 press release,
     and described in Aspen's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter
     ended September 30, 2008, Aspen's board of directors decided to explore
     Aspen's strategic alternatives including the sale of assets. Aspen has not,
     and is not, limiting its options to liquidating its assets as stated in the
     S-4. Aspen believes that the S-4 inaccurately attempts to imply that Aspen
     has reached a predetermined decision to liquidate its assets, and neglects
     to mention that Aspen has publicly stated that it may explore other
     business alternatives and may elect to continue its business operations.

o    In a misleading manner, on page 14 the S-4 describes the decrease in the
     share price of Aspen's common stock during 2008. The S-4 states that
     "Aspen's declining reserves and lower levels of activity have resulted in a
     precipitous drop in stock price, from $3.05 per share in January to a price
     of 52 cents on October 10, 2008." The disclosure then goes on to state that
     Royale's stock price reached a high of $14.70 per share in June 2008,
     "...indicating that the potential for stock price growth of Aspen assets
     under Royale's management affords a significantly higher value." This
     statement is factually inaccurate and misleading in several respects.
     First, the highest closing price of Aspen's common stock in January 2008
     was $2.40 per share. Aspen assumes the S-4 intended to refer to June 2008
     when the intraday high for Aspen's common stock on June 24, 2008 reached
     $3.05 per share (although the closing price was $3.00 per share).
     Additionally, although the intraday price of Aspen's common stock on
     October 10, 2008 reached $0.52 per share the S-4 fails to state that the
     closing price of Aspen common stock on that date was $1.01.

          Additionally, Aspen believes the comparison the S-4 purportedly makes
     is misleading, incomplete and does not logically lead to a conclusion that
     "the potential for stock price growth of Aspen assets under Royale's
     management affords a significantly higher value." Here, it is important to
     note that when comparing the performance of Aspen's common stock to that of
     Royale's, the S-4 cites the intraday high of $14.70 per share price for
     Royale common stock on June 24, 2008 (whereas the closing price was
     $13.15). Moreover, it neglects to disclose that Royale's common stock fell
     to $2.75 on October 10, 2008, being the measurement date cited for Aspen's
     common stock. As noted below, this represents a larger percentage decline
     than that experienced by Aspen's common stock for the comparable period,
     and the disclosure in the S-4 is at best misleading and inaccurate.

                                                     Aspen       Royale
                                                     -----       ------

          June 24, 2008 - Closing Sale Price         $3.00       $13.15

          Oct. 10, 2008 - Closing Sale Price         $1.01        $2.75

          $ Decrease per share                       $1.99       $10.40

          % Decrease per share                        66%          79%

o    The disclosure inaccurately states that Aspen and its representatives
     sought to exclude Royale from being included in the process by which
     interested parties could review information regarding Aspen and explore
     business transactions with Aspen. For example, in the second paragraph on
     page 13 the S-4 provides that Royale learned from a third party that Aspen
     had a desire to exclude Royale from any review of Aspen's data and any
     offer from Royale should be excluded from the "liquidation." However, the
     S-4 neglects to disclose that when Royale specifically raised this issue
     with a representative of Aspen that Royale was specifically reassured that
     it was welcome to visit the data room so long as it went through the
     qualification process.

          The S-4 does not disclose that Royale never agreed to complete the
     same qualification process that all interested parties were required to
     complete prior to visiting the data room. Instead, in the first paragraph
     on page 13 the S-4 inaccurately states that Mr. Wolf represented to Royale
     that, because Royale is a public company it would not be required to
     demonstrate its financial capability to effect a transaction with Aspen in
     order to visit the data room. Similarly, in two places on page 14 the S-4
     states that Royale was requested to post a letter of credit to demonstrate
     its financial capability, when in fact Aspen never required any particular
     manner in which Royale (or other interested parties) could demonstrate its
     financial capability but instead offered examples of what other interested
     parties had done.

o    In the first paragraph on page 13 the S-4 states that Royale declined to
     participate in review of Aspen's data in the data room because Royale was
     making on-going open market purchases of Aspen stock. However, on that same
     page Royale contradicts this statement by describing the confidentiality
     agreement it requested so that it could visit the data room. Further, on
     page 13 the S-4 purports that in October 2008 Royale attempted to
     demonstrate, or at least inquired about how it could demonstrate its
     financial capability to purchase Aspen assets or pursue a business

     If you have any questions or comments regarding the issues raised in this
letter please contact Aspen's legal counsel, Herrick K. Lidstone, Jr., Esq. or
Peter F. Waltz, Esq. of Burns, Figa & Will, P.C. at (303) 796-2626.

                                               Very truly yours,

                                               /s/ R.V. Bailey

                                               R.V. Bailey
                                               Chief Executive Officer

Important Information for Investors and Stockholders

The tender offer described herein has not commenced. This announcement and the
description contained herein are provided for informational purposes only and
are neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any
securities of Aspen Exploration Corporation. Any offers to purchase or
solicitations of offers to sell will be made only pursuant to the Tender Offer
Statement on Schedule TO (including the offer to purchase and other documents
relating to the tender offer) which may be amended and filed with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") by Royale Energy Inc. In addition,
Aspen Exploration Corporation will file with the SEC a
Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the
tender offer when and if it is commenced. Aspen's shareholders are advised to
read these documents and any other documents relating to the tender offer that
are filed with the SEC carefully and in their entirety because they contain
important information. Aspen's shareholders may obtain copies of these documents
(when they become available) for free at the SEC's website at