November 4, 2008

U.S. Energy Corp. Updates Drilling Program With Partner, PetroQuest Energy, L.L.C.

RIVERTON, Wyo., Nov 4, 2008 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- U.S. Energy Corp. (Nasdaq:USEG) ("USE" or the "Company"), a natural resources exploration and development company with interests in molybdenum, oil and gas, and real estate, today announced that it has been advised by its partner, PetroQuest Energy, L.L.C. ("PetroQuest") (NYSE:PQ), that the Highlands Prospect was drilled to total depth and has been determined to be non-productive. The Highlands Prospect was the second in a thus far planned three well drilling program with PetroQuest. The Company also announced today that its Bluffs well was turned on to production on Monday November 3, 2008.

"While we're obviously disappointed in the drilling results at the Highlands Prospect, we are pleased to have reached production from our Bluffs well," stated Keith Larsen, CEO of U.S. Energy Corp. "Going forward we believe that our partner has been able to gather some crucial information at the Highlands Prospect that should help better target future drilling activities in the region. Meanwhile, we expect to announce initial production rates from the Bluffs well in the near future," he added.

U.S. Energy Corp. is a 15% working interest partner in the Bluffs well and a 20% working interest partner in the Highlands Prospects.

About U.S. Energy Corp.

U.S. Energy Corp. is a diversified natural resource company with interests in molybdenum, oil and gas, and real estate. The Company is headquartered in Riverton, Wyoming and its common stock is listed on The NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "USEG."

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The Company owns or may come to own stock in companies which are traded on foreign exchanges, and may have agreements with some of these companies to acquire and/or develop the Company's mineral properties. An example is Sutter Gold Mining Inc. These other companies are subject to the reporting requirements of other jurisdictions.

United States residents are cautioned that some of the information available about our mineral properties, which is reported by the other companies in foreign jurisdictions, may be materially different from what the Company is permitted to disclose in the United States.

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