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W&T Offshore Names Thomas F. Getten as Its General Counsel

HOUSTON, May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI) announced today that Thomas F. Getten will be joining the Company as its General Counsel effective July 1, 2006.

Since February 2001, Mr. Getten, age 58, has been a partner with King, LeBlanc & Bland, P.L.L.C., a New Orleans law firm. From 1996 to December 2000, Mr. Getten served as Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Forcenergy, Inc. until its merger into Forest Oil Corporation. Prior to joining Forcenergy, Mr. Getten was a partner with New Orleans law firms Nesser, King & LeBlanc, from 1995 to 1996, and Liskow & Lewis, from 1974 to 1994. Mr. Getten was also employed as a reservoir engineer by Standard Oil of California from 1970 until 1971. Mr. Getten received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from LSU in 1970 and a J.D. from LSU in 1974.

Tracy W. Krohn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased that Tom has agreed to join the W&T team. His numerous years handling legal issues surrounding the oil and gas industry and experience as general counsel for a publicly traded exploration and production company will be extremely valuable as we continue to grow. Tom's relationship with W&T extends back to the formation of the company when he represented the bank that loaned me the funds for my first acquisition and he has continued to be involved in our legal matters since that time."

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 deep water, where it has developed significant technical expertise. W&T has grown through acquisition, exploitation and exploration and now holds working interests in over 100 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 .

Manuel Mondragon, Assistant VP of Finance

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