Recovery Energy Sets Operations Course for 2013

Recovery Energy Sets Operations Course for 2013

  *Core Horizontal Drilling Program in Wattenberg
  *Company Closes on Deep Rights Acreage Sale
  *New Headquarters Location

DENVER, Dec. 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Recovery Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:RECV),
an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations
and assets in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin, provides an operations update
and announces it has closed on its previously announced agreement with a
private company granting a four-year lease for the deep rights on
approximately 6,300 net acres of undeveloped leasehold acreage in the DJ
Basin. Gross proceeds to Recovery Energy were approximately $1.5 million. The
company continues to own oil and gas leasehold rights to approximately 140,000
gross acres, approximately 125,000 net acres, in the DJ Basin.

Newly appointed Chairman of the Board and CEO W. Phillip Marcum said, "We will
continue to pursue various transactions with industry, while preserving what
we consider to be our most strategic assets. Our 2013 drilling program will
center on low risk, conventional offsets to our existing production and
unconventional horizontal drilling on two low-risk prospect areas in the
Wattenberg field, where we have identified up to 18 initial gross well
locations at the Lang and Sawyer Prospects in Weld County, Colorado, both of
which target the Niobrara and Codell formations."

Marcum added that "on the exploration front, we intend to run an additional 20
square miles of 3D seismic at our Stateline Prospect area in Laramie County,
Wyoming and Banner and Kimball Counties in Nebraska. We also plan to acquire
more 3D seismic in our Pine Bluff's Prospect area in Laramie County, Wyoming,
which is geologically analogous and just east of the Silo Field. We will be
reviewing and interpreting the potential for the Niobrara, Codell, Greenhorn,
'J' sandstone and Permo-Penn horizons. We also will be continuing to evaluate
other prospect areas including the "Southeast Hartville Uplift" Prospect in
Goshen County, Wyoming, where our leasehold is located in an unconventional,
shale-rich fairway of the Pennsylvanian DesMoines Series play. This area holds
multi-pay potential in the Permian sandstones, dolomites, and shales of the
Admire, Council Grove (Wykert Sandstone), and Chase (Cassa Sandstone, Amazon
Dolomite) Groups, as well as unconventional Niobrara, Codell and Greenhorn

The company also announces that it is moving its headquarters as of January 3,
2013. The new corporate address will be 1900 Grant Street, Suite 720, Denver,
CO 80203. The phone number remains unchanged: (303) 951-7920.

About Recovery Energy, Inc.

Recovery Energy, Inc. (RECV) is a Denver-based independent oil and gas
exploration and production company that operates in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ)
Basin where it holds approximately 140,000 gross acres, approximately 125,000
net acres. Recovery Energy's focus is to grow reserves and production through
a combination of acquisitions and conventional and unconventional drilling
activity, targeting the various oil-bearing formations that produce in the DJ
Basin. Further information is available at

The Recovery Energy logo is available at

This press release may include "forward-looking statements" as defined by the
Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including statements, without
limitation, regarding the Company's expectations, beliefs, intentions or
strategies regarding the future. Such forward-looking statements relate to,
among other things the Company's: (1) proposed exploration and drilling
operations, (2) expected production and revenue, and (3) estimates regarding
the reserve potential of its properties. These statements are qualified by
important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ
materially from those reflected by the forward-looking statements. Such
factors include but are not limited to: (1) the Company's ability to finance
its continued exploration and drilling operations, (2) positive confirmation
of the reserves, production and operating expenses associated with the
Company's properties; and (3) the general risks associated with oil and gas
exploration and development, including those risks and factors described from
time to time in the Company's reports and registration statements filed with
the SEC.

Investor Relations:
David Castaneda

Media Relations:
Susan Roush

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