May 15, 2012

PDC Energy Prices Common Stock Offering

DENVER, May 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Petroleum Development Corporation (dba PDC Energy) ("PDC," or the "Company") (Nasdaq:PETD) announced today that it has priced its previously announced underwritten public offering of 6,500,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $26.50 per share. The offering is expected to close on May 21, 2012, subject to certain customary conditions. The Company has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 975,000 additional shares. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to finance a portion of the Company's contemplated acquisition of additional assets in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado or for other general corporate purposes.

BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as joint book-runners for the offering.

Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained free of charge by visiting EDGAR on the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov or from the underwriters at BofA Merrill Lynch, 4 World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080, Attn: Prospectus Department or email dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com; the underwriters at J.P. Morgan, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, Phone: (866) 803-9204; or the underwriters at Wells Fargo Securities, Attn: Equity Syndicate Dept., 375 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10152, Email: cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com, Phone: (800) 326-5897.

The common stock will be offered and sold pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale of these securities would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement.

About PDC Energy

PDC Energy is an independent energy company engaged in the development, production and marketing of natural gas and oil. Its operations are focused primarily in the Wattenberg Field of Colorado, including the horizontal Niobrara, the Marcellus Shale development in West Virginia and the Utica Shale in Ohio. PDC is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 3000 Index of Companies.

NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements with respect to the completion of the offering, the intended use of proceeds of the offering and PDC's or its management's expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words "believe," "expect," "should," "could," "estimates," and other similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. It is important to note that actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. For more information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed or forecasted, see PDC's annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the SEC, including the prospectus and prospectus supplement referred to above. PDC undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time.

CONTACT: Ron Wirth

         Director - Investor Relations

         303-860-5830

         rwirth@petd.com



         Marti Dowling

         Investor Relations Manager

         303-831-3926

         mdowling@petd.com

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