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MCW Energy Group To Acquire GeoPetro Resources Company

One of the conditions to the obligation of MCW to consummate the merger is that GeoPetro shall have secured, on or before March 29, 2013 (unless extended by MCW, in its sole discretion) $1,900,000 in equity financing. The merger agreement includes additional customary representations, warranties and covenants of GeoPetro and MCW.

Stuart J. Doshi, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of GeoPetro, commented: "We are pleased to be partnering with the MCW Energy Group. This strategic business combination significantly enhances our abilities to access capital and develop our portfolio of projects. This is a highly attractive alignment and represents a decisive initiative on the part of GeoPetro Resources Company to enhance shareholder value and create exciting and promising new opportunities.  We look forward to a successful and prosperous relationship with the MCW Energy Group."

Alex Blyumkin, Chairman of MCW, said: "We are very pleased with this transaction and are excited about the prospects of GeoPetro's projects."

About GeoPetro

GeoPetro is an independent oil and natural gas company headquartered in San Francisco, California. GeoPetro currently has projects in the United States and Canada. GeoPetro has developed an oil and gas property in its Madisonville Field Project in Texas. Elsewhere, GeoPetro has assembled a geographically-diversified portfolio of exploratory and appraisal prospects.

The GeoPetro Resources Company logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=11051

About MCW

MCW is focused on value creation as (i) a distributor of gasoline and diesel fuels to service stations in Southern California for over 72 years, having revenue in the fiscal year ending August 31, 2011, of US$241.5 million, most recently reported having revenue of US$363.3 million for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2012, and (ii) as a developer of proprietary technology for the extraction of oil from oil sands at its first field in the Uinta Basin of Utah, USA.  MCW's management team is comprised of individuals who have extensive knowledge in both conventional and unconventional oil and gas projects and production, as well as refinery and fuel distribution experience.

For more information, please contact:   MCW Energy Group Limited
    Paul Davey
    Communications
    Tel: +1 (800) 979-1897 (Ext. 3)
    Cell: 1-778-389-0915
    Email: paul@mcwenergygroup.com

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain items in this press release and other information GeoPetro provides from time to time may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, but not necessarily limited to, statements relating to future events and financial performance. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words such as "outlook," "believes," "expects," "potential," "continues," "may," "will," "should," "could," "seeks," "approximately," "predicts," "intends," "plans," "estimates," "anticipates," "target," "projects," "contemplates" or the negative version of those words or other comparable words. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon GeoPetro's historical performance and on GeoPetro's current plans, estimates, and expectations in light of information currently available to GeoPetro. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties and assumptions relating to GeoPetro's operations, financial results, financial condition, business, prospects, growth strategy, and liquidity. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see "Risk Factors" included in GeoPetro's Annual Report on Form 10-K. Furthermore, GeoPetro is under no obligation to update or alter any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by law.

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