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Warren Resources, Inc. Announces Plan To Sell Common Stock

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 12, 2005--Warren Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: WRES), an oil and gas exploration and development company, announced plans today to make a public offering of approximately 6,000,000 shares of its common stock. Warren has also granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 900,000 shares to cover over-allotments, if any.

Warren plans on using the net proceeds from this offering to fund capital expenditures for the development and exploration of its oil and natural gas properties and the development of associated infrastructure, to make acquisitions, including its recently announced $23 million acquisition of the North Wilmington Unit oil field in the Los Angeles Basin of California, and for working capital and general corporate purposes.

The offering and sale of all the shares will be made under Warren Resources, Inc.'s currently effective shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Jefferies & Company, Inc. is the sole book-running manager for the offering. Sanders Morris Harris Inc. is the joint lead manager and Harris Nesbitt Corp. is a co-manager for the offering.

Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained from Jefferies & Company, Inc. at 520 Madison Ave., 12th Floor, New York, New York 10012.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any shares of Warren Resources, Inc.'s common stock, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

About Warren Resources

Warren Resources, Inc. is a growing independent energy company engaged in the exploration and development of domestic natural gas and oil reserves. Warren is primarily focused on the exploration and development of coalbed methane properties located in the Rocky Mountain region and its water flood oil recovery program in the Wilmington Unit located in the Los Angeles Basin of California. The Company is headquartered in New York, New York, and its exploration and development subsidiary, Warren E&P, Inc., is based in Casper, Wyoming and Long Beach, California

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events, based on what we believe are reasonable assumptions. No assurance can be given, however, that these events will occur, including the closing of the above mentioned offering. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including without limitation risks of declining oil and gas prices, competition for prospects, accuracy of reserve estimates, estimated rates of production, increases in drilling and lifting costs, increases in equipment and supply costs and other factors detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (

Warren Resources, Inc., 489 Fifth Avenue, 32nd Floor, New York, NY 10017

    CONTACT: Integrated Corporate Relations
             Kathleen Heaney, 212-753-2137

    SOURCE: Warren Resources, Inc.
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