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Whiting Petroleum Corporation Donates $350,000 to North Dakota Heritage Center Expansion

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Whiting Petroleum Corporation Donates $350,000 to North Dakota Heritage Center Expansion18:47 EDT Wednesday, September 22, 2010DENVER, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL) today announced gifts totaling $350,000 to the North Dakota Heritage Center Expansion project.  The funds will sponsor the Geological Time "Planet Earth" exhibit planned for the state Capitol complex in Bismarck.James J. Volker, Whiting President, CEO and Chairman stated, "Whiting appreciates the strong mutually beneficial relationship we have enjoyed with the State of North Dakota.  All of us at Whiting look forward to celebrating the completion of this wonderful and educational addition to the North Dakota Capitol."Marlo Sveen, Director of Development for the State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation, said, "Your investment will help provide for North Dakota a "Smithsonian on the Plains" enhancing our growing heritage tourism industry and creating a source of pride and inspiration for our citizens and children."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. 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