GeoPetro Resources Company Closes the Sale of Idle Equipment Transaction for $9.25 Million and Retires All Bank Debt

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ -- GeoPetro Resources Company (NYSE Amex: GPR) ("GeoPetro", "we", "our" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that on September 13, 2011, its wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary, Madisonville Midstream LLC ("MML") closed a transaction with Peregrine Midstream Partners LLC ("Peregrine") to sell certain idle and non-income producing equipment ("assets") at its gas treatment plant located in Madisonville, Madison County, Texas for $9,250,000. Peregrine had previously paid non-refundable deposits of $1,575,000 prior to closing, and Peregrine paid the remaining purchase price balance of $7,675,000 on September 13, 2011.

Simultaneously with the closing of the Peregrine transaction, the Company repaid its secured loan from the Bank of Oklahoma. The loan, in the original principal amount of $7.7 million, was made in December, 2008 when GeoPetro, through its subsidiary MML, purchased the Madisonville gas treatment plant.

The Company is further pleased to announce that field work is continuing on the maintenance and upgrade of the gas treatment plant and workovers of the Magness and Fannin wells in the Madisonville Field. We expect to complete the work and reestablish production from the two wells at an estimated rate of 8 million cubic feet of natural gas per day in October, 2011. At that level of production, our Madisonville Project is expected to be cash flow positive.

Addressing the closing of the Peregrine transaction and the repayment in full of the Bank of Oklahoma loan, GeoPetro's President & CEO, Stuart J. Doshi commented "Closing the Peregrine transaction and retiring our bank debt are significant milestones for GeoPetro. We continue to prudently manage and enhance our liquidity and capital positions. With much improved liquidity and a stronger balance sheet, the Company is now well-positioned to focus on enhancing our gas production in Madisonville Field, continuing to explore and develop our other projects, and implementing strategies to increase shareholder value."

"The Company is also focused on securing an industry partner to do additional workovers on the Mitchell and Wilson wells in the Madisonville Field to further increase production, and undertake the drilling of a deep well to test six (6) highly prospective zones in the Madisonville Field. Our 3D seismic shows a very attractive structural closure with a high potential for a major discovery."

The Madisonville Field has been a prolific producer of oil and natural gas. The Rodessa and shallower zones have to date produced in excess of 30 million barrels of oil and 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas. The six (6) zones below the Rodessa Formation have potential recoverable reserves of approximately one (1) trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

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    About GeoPetro

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

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    Cautionary Statements
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This news release contains forward-looking information. Statements contained in this news release relating to future results, events and expectations are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements may involve known and unknown risks involving market prices for natural gas and oil, economic and competitive conditions, regulatory changes, resource estimates, estimates of proved and probable reserves, production forecasts, geological and engineering uncertainties, potential failure to achieve production from development drilling projects, capital expenditures and other risks and uncertainties, which may cause the actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Additional risk factors include, among others, those described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not have any intention or obligation to update forward-looking statements included in this press release after the date of this press release, except as required by law.

No stock exchange or regulatory authority has approved or disapproved of the information contained herein.

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SOURCE GeoPetro Resources Company

For further information: Stuart J. Doshi, President & CEO, GeoPetro Resources Company, (415) 398-8186, sdoshi@geopetro.com Web Site: http://www.geopetro.com

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