Toreador Provides Canadian Regulatory Update

    DALLAS, March 19 /CNW/ - Toreador Resources Corporation (Nasdaq:  TRGL) is
pleased to announce that the securities commissions of the provinces of
British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland have issued a
decision exempting Toreador from the disclosure requirements contained in
National Instrument 51-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators -
Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101"). This
exemption is conditional on Toreador complying with the disclosure
requirements of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and NASDAQ and with
the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange
Commission (collectively, the "U.S. Rules") in connection with its oil and gas
activities. Toreador is also required to file such disclosure with the
appropriate Canadian securities commissions as soon as practicable after such
disclosure is filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Therefore, investors should be aware that Toreador's future disclosure
relating to its oil and gas activities will comply with the U.S. Rules rather
than NI 51-101 and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook. The U.S.
Rules differ from the disclosure requirements contained in NI 51-101 and the
Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook, and investors are urged to consider
these differences when considering all future disclosures made by Toreador
relating to its oil and gas activities.


    Toreador Resources Corporation is an independent international energy
company engaged in the acquisition, development, exploration and production of
natural gas, crude oil and other income-producing minerals. The company holds
interests in developed and undeveloped oil and gas properties in France,
Hungary, Romania and Turkey. In the United States, Toreador primarily owns
working interests in five states. More information about Toreador may be found
at the company's web site,


    Information in this news release that is not current or historical
factual information may constitute forward-looking information within the
meaning of securities laws. Forward-looking information contained in this
press release, including without limitation with respect to the future oil and
gas disclosure of Toreador, is based on Toreador's current expectations and
the assumption that the exemption from the NI 51-101 requirements described in
this news release remains available in the future. These expectations and
assumptions, although considered reasonable by Toreador are subject to and may
change in the future. Readers should not place undue importance on
forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of
any other date. While we may elect to, we are under no obligation and do not
undertake to update this information at any particular time.

For further information:

For further information: Toreador Resources Stewart P. Yee, 214-559-3933
or 800-966-2141 VP Investor Relations

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