U.S. Energy Corp. Reports Initial Production Rate of 859 Gross BOE/D and 30 Day Average Gross Production Rate of 797 BOE/D From the Beeler #2H Well in South Texas

RIVERTON, Wyo., June 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- U.S. Energy Corp. (Nasdaq:USEG) (the "Company"), today announced the successful completion of the Beeler #2H well at a gross initial production rate of 859 BOE/D. The well had a 30 day average gross daily production rate of 797 BOE/D. The Beeler #2H is the Company's first participated well in Dimmit County, Texas targeting the Buda formation.

The Beeler #2H well was drilled to a total measured depth of 11,013 feet, including a 3,700 foot lateral. The well was completed open hole, without fracture stimulation. The well had an early 24 hour initial production rate of 859 BOE/D, which consisted of 761 barrels of oil, 56 barrels of natural gas liquids and 253 thousand cubic feet of natural gas, on a 25/64th choke. The Company participates in approximately 10,140 gross acres which are prospective for the Buda formation and has an approximate 30% working interest and an approximate 22.8% net revenue interest in the acreage.

"We are pleased to announce the initial results and the 30 day average daily production rate of our first Buda formation targeted well in South Texas," said Keith Larsen, CEO of U.S. Energy Corp. "We are scheduled to spud our second well to further delineate the acreage next month and plan to continue to test the acreage as results warrant," he added.

About U.S. Energy Corp.

U.S. Energy Corp. is a natural resource exploration and development company with a primary focus on the exploration and development of its oil and gas assets. The Company also owns the Mount Emmons molybdenum deposit located in west central Colorado. The Company is headquartered in Riverton, Wyoming and trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "USEG".

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CONTACT: For further information, please contact: Reggie Larsen Director of Investor Relations U.S. Energy Corp. 1-800-776-9271 Reggie@usnrg.com

Source:U.S. Energy Corp.