LINN Energy, LinnCo, and Berry Petroleum Company Announce Shareholder and Unitholder Approval of Merger

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| Source: LINN Energy, LLC

HOUSTON and DENVER, Dec. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LINN Energy, LLC (Nasdaq:LINE), LinnCo, LLC (Nasdaq:LNCO) and Berry Petroleum Company (NYSE:BRY) (the "Companies") today announced that the unitholders and shareholders of LINN Energy, LinnCo and Berry Petroleum have approved the previously announced merger and related transactions between LINN Energy, LinnCo and Berry Petroleum at the Companies' annual meetings held today. The transaction is anticipated to close on December 16, 2013.

About LINN Energy

LINN Energy's mission is to acquire, develop and maximize cash flow from a growing portfolio of long-life oil and natural gas assets. LINN Energy is a top-15 U.S. independent oil and natural gas development company, with approximately 4.8 Tcfe of proved reserves in producing U.S. basins as of December 31, 2012. More information about LINN Energy is available at www.linnenergy.com.

About LinnCo

LinnCo was created to enhance LINN Energy's ability to raise additional equity capital to execute on its acquisition and growth strategy. LinnCo is a Delaware limited liability company that has elected to be taxed as a corporation for United States federal income tax purposes, and accordingly its shareholders will receive a Form 1099 in respect of any dividends paid by LinnCo. More information about LinnCo is available at www.linnco.com.

About Berry Petroleum Company

Berry Petroleum Company is a publicly traded independent oil and natural gas production and exploitation company with operations in California, Texas, Utah, and Colorado. The company uses its website as a channel of distribution of material company information. Financial and other material information regarding the company is routinely posted on and accessible at www.bry.com

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are all statements other than statements of historical facts. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Important economic, political, regulatory, legal, technological, competitive and other uncertainties are identified in the documents filed with the SEC by Berry, LINN and LinnCo from time to time, including their respective Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. None of Berry, LINN nor LinnCo undertakes any obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this press release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

LINN Energy, LLC and LinnCo, LLC
Investors & Media:
Clay Jeansonne, Vice President, Investor and Public Relations
281-840-4193

Berry Petroleum Company
Investors & Media:
Zach Dailey, Director, Investor Relations
303-999-4071