updated 4/1/2011 9:15:51 AM ET 2011-04-01T13:15:51

HOUSTON, April 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lucas Energy, Inc. (NYSE Amex:LEI) ("Lucas"), an independent oil and gas company, reported today that Lucas has entered into a Joint Venture agreement with Marathon Oil (East Texas) LP, a subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO), for the development of the Eagle Ford and Buda formations in Wilson County, Texas. The Marathon affiliate has acquired 50% of the leasehold interest rights, representing approximately 1,000 net acres (below the base of the Austin Chalk formation) held by Lucas in a majority of Lucas' leases in Wilson County, Texas. Marathon Oil Corporation's subsidiary will be the operator of the joint venture, but Lucas will still own and operate rights above the Eagle Ford, primarily the Austin Chalk formation.

"Lucas Energy is pleased to be a joint venture partner with a major oil company," commented William A. Sawyer, President and CEO of Lucas Energy, who continued, "This is another historic day for our Company, and a continuation of our business plan to develop our Eagle Ford assets."

Lucas has a variety of working interests in Wilson County, Texas ranging from 20% up to 100%. The Austin Chalk formation (and above), the current well bores and equipment, and the current production from the Austin Chalk and above are not included in this transaction. 

Company Website:                                                    www.lucasenergy.com

Forward-Looking Statement

This Press Release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Act") and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). In particular, the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," or "may," and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and are subject to the safe harbor created by these Acts. Any statements made in this news release about an action, event or development, are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon assumptions that in the future may prove not to have been accurate and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that its forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Statements regarding future drilling and production are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties normally incident to the exploration and development of oil and gas. These risks include, but are not limited to, completion risk, dry hole risk, price volatility, reserve estimation risk, regulatory risk, potential inability to secure oilfield service risk as well as general economic risks and uncertainties, as disclosed in the Company's SEC filings. Investors are cautioned that any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof. The Company takes no obligation to update or correct its own forward-looking statements or those prepared by third parties that are not paid by the Company. The Company's SEC filings are available at http://www.sec.gov .

CONTACT: Andrew Lai, CFO
         alai@lucasenergy.com
         (713) 528-1881
         
         Michael Brette J.D., Advisor
         mikebrette@gmail.com
         (951) 236-8473

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