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W&T Offshore Declares a Special Dividend on Common Stock
HOUSTON, Nov 04, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI) announced that its Board of Directors on November 3, 2008 declared a special cash dividend of $20.84 million (approximately $0.2729 per share based on shares outstanding on declaration date), payable to the holders of the Corporation's common shares. The special dividend will be payable on December 22, 2008 to shareholders of record on December 1, 2008, on the basis of the total number of shares held by each shareholder rounded off to the nearest cent.

About W&T Offshore

Founded in 1983, 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 155 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 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. 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, 2007 (www.sec.gov).

Contacts: Manuel Mondragon, Vice President of 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.

http://www.wtoffshore.com