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W&T Offshore Re-elects Board of Directors and Elects Frank Stanley to the Board

HOUSTON, May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI) announced that at its annual meeting of shareholders held on Monday, May 4, 2009 in Houston, its shareholders re-elected Tracy W. Krohn, J. F. Freel, Virginia Boulet, S. James Nelson, Jr. Robert I. Israel and Samir G. Gibara to serve on the Board of Directors for one-year terms. B. Frank Stanley was elected to fill a seventh board seat for a one-year term.

Mr. Stanley, age 54, is currently President and Chief Financial Officer of Retail Concepts, Inc., a privately-held retail chain of 21 stores in 10 states. Prior to joining Retail Concepts, Inc. in 1988, he was Chief Financial Officer of Southpoint Porsche Audi WGW Ltd. from 1987 to 1988. From 1985 to 1987, he was employed by KPMG Peat Marwick, holding the position of Manager, Audit in 1987. Prior to KPMG Peat Marwick, he held several senior financial positions in oil service companies including Chief Financial Officer of Design Research, Inc and Tiger Oilfield Rental Co., Inc. Mr. Stanley holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University and is a certified public accountant.

"Frank Stanley's years of financial knowledge and background will help the company navigate in these uncertain times. Mr. Stanley will serve on both the Audit and the Compensation Committees," said Mr. Krohn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

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.

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. 05/05/2009 CONTACT: Manuel MondragonVice President of Finance of W&T Offshore, Inc., +1-713-297-8024investorrelations@wtoffshore.comor 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)