September 28, 2010 at 07:00 AM EDT
Berry Petroleum Receives Diatomite Approval

Berry Petroleum Company (NYSE: BRY) announced today that it has received approval from the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources for the next phase of development of its diatomite asset. The Company expects project approval for the remaining development will be completed during the next six months. A two rig development program will begin on the Southwestern and Belgian leases in early October, 2010 and is expected to continue through receipt of full project approval.

About Berry Petroleum Company

Berry Petroleum Company is a publicly traded independent oil and gas production and exploitation company with operations in California, Colorado, Texas and Utah. The Company uses its website as a channel of distribution of material company information. Financial and other material information regarding the Company is routinely posted on and accessible at http://www.bry.com/index.php?page=investor.

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