Penn West Energy Trust Completes Acquisition of Reece Energy

Penn West Energy Trust and Reece Energy have announced that the acquisition of Reece by Penn West pursuant to the previously announced plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") was completed today.

Under the Arrangement, holders ("Reece Shareholders") of Reece common shares ("Reece Shares") received 0.125 of a Penn West trust unit ("Penn West Units") for each Reece Share held. The first distribution that former Reece Shareholders will be eligible to receive from Penn West will be the distribution payable on or about May 15, 2009 to holders of Penn West Units ("Penn West Unitholders") of record on April 30, 2009, provided such former Reece Shareholders continue to be Penn West Unitholders as of such record date.

Letters of transmittal have been forwarded to Reece Shareholders to be utilized in order to exchange their Reece Shares for Penn West Units and to receive future distributions on such Penn West Units.

Trading in Reece Shares has been halted and the Reece Shares are expected to be de-listed from the TSX Venture Exchange ("TSXV") within a few trading days upon issuance of a bulletin by the TSXV confirming receipt by the TSXV of all necessary documents in connection with the closing of the Arrangement and related matters.

Former Reece Shareholders who are resident in Canada or the United States and who are interested in participating in the Penn West distribution reinvestment plan (the "Penn West DRIP") should, if they are now a registered Penn West Unitholder, complete and deliver an authorization form to CIBC Mellon Trust Company (Penn West's registrar and transfer agent). If they are now a beneficial Penn West Unitholder, they should contact their broker, investment dealer, financial institution or other nominee through which their Penn West Units are held and provide instructions on how they wish to participate in the Penn West DRIP. The authorization form for registered Penn West Unitholders can be obtained at