February 28, 2011 Paul Jensen

Empire Petroleum Elects New Director to Its Board

TULSA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Empire Petroleum Corporation (OTCBB: EMPR), a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company, announced that Kevin R. Seth has been elected to serve on its Board of Directors. Mr. Seth is a partner of Edgewood Management LLC in New York. He brings to Empire extensive knowledge and experience in finance having worked with Credit Suisse First Boston in London, New York and Boston prior to joining Edgewood in 1995. He graduated from Montana State University with a BS Degree in Pre-Law and economics and has served for ten (10) years as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the University Investment Committee.

The Company said it was very pleased to have Mr. Seth as a member of its Board of Directors and looks forward to working with him.

Statements in this press release other than purely historical information, including statements relating to the Company’s future plans and objectives or expected results, constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions and are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties incident to the Company’s business, including risks inherent in oil and gas exploration and development and other risks described in the reports and statements filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result, actual results may vary materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

Contacts
Empire Petroleum Corporation
Albert E. Whitehead, 918-488-8068
Chairman & CEO