Penn West Exploration Announces Employee Reductions

PWE) ("PENN WEST" or "the Company") announced today that as part of the 
ongoing process to improve competitive performance, the Company has further 
reduced its workforce to less than 1,600 full time equivalent employees. To 
date in 2013, the Company has reduced total employee count by over 25% from 
approximately 2,150 full time employees at the beginning of the year and by 
30% from approximately 2,250 in the fall of 2012. 
Penn West President and CEO Dave Roberts remarked, "This week, Penn West has 
taken another series of focused steps to restore its competitiveness. With 
this week's change, we have now reduced the number of staff across the 
enterprise by over 550 from the beginning of the year. While I now believe we 
are staffed at an appropriate level to efficiently move the Company forward, 
our processes and actions must continue to drive cost improvements to our 
bottom line so our shareholders can measure the progress we are making." 
Roberts continued, "These are never easy decisions, and parting with such a 
large number of our colleagues is difficult. The spirit of the Company 
remains positive, and we are focused on stewarding Penn West toward achieving 
consistent, industry leading metrics in the areas in which we operate." 
Penn West expects to record a charge related to employee separations of 
approximately $25 million in the 3(rd) quarter of 2013. 
Penn West shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PWT 
and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PWE. 
Forward-Looking Statements 
Certain statements contained in this document constitute
forward-looking statements or information (collectively
"forward-looking statements") within the meaning of the "safe harbour"
provisions of applicable securities legislation. In particular, this
document contains forward-looking statements pertaining to, without
limitation, the following: the appropriateness of current staffing
levels; the goal of achieving consistent, industry leading metrics in
the areas in which the Company operates; and the accounting costs
associated with employee separations. Although we believe that the
expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements contained in
this document, and the assumptions on which such forward-looking
statements are made, are reasonable, there can be no assurance that
such expectations will prove to be correct.  Readers are cautioned not
to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements included in this
document, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or
expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will
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document. Except as expressly required by applicable securities laws,
we do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained in
this document are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. 


SOURCE  Penn West Exploration 
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