July 25, 2011 at 08:00 AM EDT
Berry Petroleum Receives Full Project Approval in the Diatomite

Berry Petroleum Company (NYSE:BRY) announced today that on July 22, 2011 it received a revised project approval letter from the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”). The revised project approval letter will allow Berry to continue the full field development of its North Midway-Sunset diatomite asset.

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 web site 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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Berry Petroleum Company
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Shawn Canaday, 1-866-472-8279
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