Penn West Energy Trust

Penn West Energy Trust

December 21, 2009 16:30 ET

Penn West Energy Trust Confirms December Cash Distribution

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2009) - Penn West Energy Trust (TSX:PWT.UN) (NYSE:PWE) ("Penn West") confirms that its December 2009 cash distribution will be CDN$0.15 per trust unit payable on January 15, 2010 to unitholders of record on December 31, 2009. The ex-distribution date is December 29, 2009.

The CDN$0.15 per unit is equivalent to approximately US$0.14 per unit (before deduction of any applicable Canadian withholding tax) using currency exchange of one Canadian dollar equals US$0.94. Registered unitholders with U.S. addresses will receive their distributions directly from Penn West's transfer agent, and will be paid in U.S. currency using the exchange rate in effect on the record date. Non-registered U.S. unitholders will receive their distributions through their brokers.

Penn West trust units and debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols PWT.UN, PWT.DB.C, PWT.DB.D, PWT.DB.E and PWT.DB.F and Penn West trust units are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PWE.

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