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Whiting Petroleum Corporation Announces Public Offering of $350 Million of Senior Subordinated Notes

Monday, September 20, 2010

Whiting Petroleum Corporation Announces Public Offering of $350 Million of Senior Subordinated Notes16:15 EDT Monday, September 20, 2010DENVER, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL) announced today that it has commenced a public offering of $350 million aggregate principal amount of senior subordinated notes due 2018, subject to market and other conditions.  Whiting expects to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay a portion of the debt outstanding under its credit agreement. Banc of America Securities LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are the joint book-running managers for the offering.  The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, which are part of a shelf registration statement Whiting filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which may be obtained from Banc of America Securities LLC by calling (800) 294-1322, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC by calling (866) 803-9204 or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC by calling (800) 326-5897. An electronic copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus are available from the Securities and Exchange Commission's Web site at www.sec.gov.This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor will there be any sale of these securities, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.About Whiting Petroleum CorporationWhiting Petroleum Corporation, a Delaware corporation, is an independent oil and gas company that acquires, exploits, develops and explores for crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids primarily in the Permian Basin, Rocky Mountains, Mid-Continent, Gulf Coast and Michigan regions of the United States. The Company's largest projects are in the Bakken and Three Forks plays in North Dakota and its Enhanced Oil Recovery fields in Oklahoma and Texas. The Company trades publicly under the symbol WLL on the New York Stock Exchange. Forward-Looking StatementsThis news release contains statements that we believe to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than historical facts, including, without limitation, statements regarding our future financial position, business strategy, projected revenues, earnings, costs, capital expenditures and debt levels, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. When used in this news release, words such as we "expect," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe" or "should" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such statements.These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: declines in oil or natural gas prices; impacts of the global recession and tight credit markets; our level of success in exploitation, exploration, development and production activities; adverse weather conditions that may negatively impact development or production activities; the timing of our exploration and development expenditures, including our ability to obtain CO2; inaccuracies of our reserve estimates or our assumptions underlying them; revisions to reserve estimates as a result of changes in commodity prices; risks related to our level of indebtedness and periodic redeterminations of the borrowing base under our credit agreement; our ability to generate sufficient cash flows from operations to meet the internally funded portion of our capital expenditures budget; our ability to obtain external capital to finance exploration and development operations and acquisitions; our ability to identify and complete acquisitions and to successfully integrate acquired businesses; unforeseen underperformance of or liabilities associated with acquired properties; our ability to successfully complete potential asset dispositions; the impacts of hedging on our results of operations; failure of our properties to yield oil or gas in commercially viable quantities; uninsured or underinsured losses resulting from our oil and gas operations; our inability to access oil and gas markets due to market conditions or operational impediments; the impact and costs of compliance with laws and regulations governing our oil and gas operations; our ability to replace our oil and natural gas reserves; any loss of our senior management or technical personnel; competition in the oil and gas industry in the regions in which we operate; risks arising out of our hedging transactions; and other risks described under the caption "Risk Factors" in our prospectus supplement, dated September 20, 2010. We assume no obligation, and disclaim any duty, to update the forward-looking statements in this news release.SOURCE Whiting Petroleum CorporationFor further information: John B. Kelso, Director of Investor Relations of Whiting Petroleum Corporation, +1-303-837-1661, john.kelso@whiting.com