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W&T Offshore is Apparent High Bidder on Four Gulf of Mexico Blocks

HOUSTON, March 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI) today announces that it was the apparent high bidder on four Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) blocks in the Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 208 held on March 18, 2009 by the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS). The four apparent high bids were on Ship Shoal Block 360, Ship Shoal Block 367, South Timbalier Block 304 and Main Pass Block 284, all on the conventional shelf. Three of the four blocks are near existing infrastructure. W&T Offshore's investment on the high bids will be approximately $0.7 million, which reflects a 100% working interest. High bids are subject to MMS review and acceptance.

About W&T Offshore

W&T Offshore is an independent oil and natural gas company focused primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, including exploration in the deepwater and deep shelf regions, where it has developed significant technical expertise. W&T has grown through acquisition, exploitation and exploration and now holds working interests in over 148 fields in federal and state waters and a majority of its daily production is derived from wells it operates. For more information on W&T Offshore, please visit its Web site at www.wtoffshore.com.

Forward-Looking StatementsThis 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. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, among other things, market conditions, oil and gas price volatility, uncertainties inherent in oil and gas production operations and estimating reserves, unexpected future capital expenditures, competition, the success of our risk management activities, governmental regulations, uncertainties and other factors discussed in our Annual Report on 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 (www.sec.gov).

Contacts: Manuel Mondragon, Vice President, Finance investorrelations@wtoffshore.com 713-297-8024 Ken Dennard / ksdennard@drg-e.com Lisa Elliott / lelliott@drg-e.com DRG&E / 713-529-6600

SOURCE W&T Offshore, Inc. 03/20/2009 CONTACT: Manuel Mondragon, Vice President, Finance of W&T Offshore Inc., +1-713-297-8024, investorrelations@wtoffshore.com; or Ken Dennardksdennard@drg-e.com, or Lisa Elliott, lelliott@drg-e.com, both of DRG&E +1-713-529-6600, for W&T Offshore, Inc. /Web Site: http://www.wtoffshore.com (WTI)