updated 1/13/2011 5:47:09 PM ET 2011-01-13T22:47:09

HONOLULU, Jan. 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Barnwell Industries, Inc. (NYSE Amex:BRN) today stated that it was unaware of any non-public information which has caused this week's significant trading volumes and stock price increase.

Barnwell Industries, Inc. states that its policy is not to comment on unusual market activity or rumors.

In view of the unusual market activity in the stock of Barnwell Industries, Inc., the NYSE has contacted the company in accordance with its usual practice; the company stated that its policy is not to comment on unusual market activity or rumors.

The information contained in this press release contains "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. A forward-looking statement is one which is based on current expectations of future events or conditions and does not relate to historical or current facts. These statements include various estimates, forecasts, projections of Barnwell's future performance, statements of Barnwell's plans and objectives, and other similar statements. Forward-looking statements include phrases such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "predicts," "estimates," "assumes," "projects," "may," "will," "will be," "should," or similar expressions. Although Barnwell believes that its current expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, it cannot assure that the expectations contained in such forward-looking statements will be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in such statements. The risks, uncertainties and other factors that might cause actual results to differ materially from Barnwell's expectations are set forth in the "Forward-Looking Statements," "Risk Factors" and other sections of Barnwell's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2010 and Barnwell's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, as they speak only as of the date of this press release, and Barnwell expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein.

Investor Relations: Ron Como & Associates, Inc. Tel: 917-902-3637

CONTACT: Alexander C. Kinzler
         President and Chief Operating Officer
         Russell M. Gifford
         Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
         Tel: (808) 531-8400

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