Whiting Petroleum Corporation’s Orion Skinner Awarded the 2012 Outstanding Explorer of the Year by RMAG

  Whiting Petroleum Corporation’s Orion Skinner Awarded the 2012 Outstanding
  Explorer of the Year by RMAG

Business Wire

DENVER -- November 19, 2012

Whiting Petroleum Corporation’s (NYSE:WLL) Orion Skinner has been awarded the
Outstanding Explorer of 2012 by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists
(RMAG). Mr. Skinner, who is Whiting’s Senior Explorationist for the Northern
Rockies, is credited with the discovery of the Pronghorn Sand productive
horizon in southern North Dakota at the Company’s Pronghorn prospect in Stark
County. The award was presented to Mr. Skinner on November 17, 2012 at RMAG’s
Rockbuster’s Ball.

Mr. Skinner joined Whiting in 2004 as Senior Geologist of the Northern
Rockies. He received a Master’s Degree in Geology from the University of
Wyoming in 1982 and is a member of RMAG and the American Association of
Petroleum Geologists.

Chairman and CEO James J. Volker commented, “Orion epitomizes the quality of
our geoscientists at Whiting. He was instrumental in the discovery of several
oil fields in the Williston Basin, including our Sanish field in Mountrail
County, North Dakota. Sanish field was one of the first Middle Bakken oil
discoveries in the Basin. Thanks to Orion’s expertise and vision, we have been
able to amass large acreage positions in oil-bearing prospects throughout the
Williston Basin at reasonable acreage costs. These positions include Hidden
Bench, Lewis & Clark, Missouri Breaks, Tarpon, Cassandra, Big Island and

About Whiting Petroleum Corporation

Whiting Petroleum Corporation, a Delaware corporation, is an independent oil
and gas company that explores for, develops, acquires and produces crude oil,
natural gas and natural gas liquids primarily in the Rocky Mountain, Permian
Basin, Mid-Continent, Michigan and Gulf Coast 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.
For further information, please visit http://www.whiting.com.


Whiting Petroleum Corporation
John B. Kelso, 303-837-1661
Director of Investor Relations
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