W&T Offshore Reaches Agreement To Resolve Federal Clean Water Act Investigation

      W&T Offshore Reaches Agreement To Resolve Federal Clean Water Act

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Dec. 11, 2012

HOUSTON, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI) today
announced that it reached an agreement with the United States Attorney's
Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana that resolves environmental
violations related to the Company's Ewing Banks 910 oil and gas production
platform ("EW-910") in the Gulf of Mexico.

During 2009, employees of a contractor working for W&T Offshore on the EW-910
platform violated established protocols for collecting produced water samples
before submitting the samples to the laboratory for testing. Additionally, on
November 27, 2009, Federal government inspectors observed a light, visible
sheen on the water around the EW-910 platform, resulting from ongoing platform
cleaning efforts.

Under the agreement, W&T Offshore will plead guilty to one felony count under
the Clean Water Act for altering monthly produced water discharge samples from
the EW-910 platform in 2009 and to one misdemeanor count under the Clean Water
Act for negligently discharging a small amount of oil from the same platform
in November 2009. The Company previously disclosed the ongoing government

The plea agreement, which is subject to Federal district court approval,
requires W&T Offshore to pay a $700,000 fine, make a $300,000 community
service payment, be placed on a three-year term of probation, and implement an
environmental compliance program subject to a third-party audit.

W&T Offshore timely cooperated with the government's investigation and
accepted responsibility for the violations. W&T Offshore has taken efforts
since these incidents in 2009 to ensure environmental and regulatory
compliance at all levels of management and personnel, and since 2009 the
Company has invested in infrastructure and equipment maintenance to avoid a

W&T Offshore is committed to environmental compliance and safety, which are an
integral part of company operations, by providing all employees and
contractors with the necessary tools and knowledge needed to make
environmental compliance and safety a fundamental part of our work.

About W&T Offshore

W&T Offshore, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas producer focused
primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and Texas. We have grown through
acquisitions, exploration and development and currently hold working interests
in approximately 67 producing offshore fields in federal and state waters,
including the deepwater. During 2011, we expanded onshore into West Texas and
East Texas where we are actively pursuing exploration and development
activities. A substantial majority of our daily production is derived from
wells we operate offshore. For more information on W&T Offshore, please visit
our website at www.wtoffshore.com.

CONTACT: Mark Brewer                    Danny Gibbons
            Investor Relations               SVP & CFO
            investorrelations@wtoffshore.com investorrelations@wtoffshore.com
            713-297-8024             713-624-7326

SOURCE W&T Offshore

Website: http://www.wtoffshore.com
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