Far East Energy Names David J. Minor Executive Director of Operations

By Far East Energy Corporation, PRNE
Sunday, May 8, 2011

HOUSTON, May 9, 2011 - Far East Energy Corporation (OTCBB:FEEC) announced today that the Company
welcomes David J. Minor as Executive Director of Operations reporting
directly to Michael R. McElwrath, CEO and President.

"We are very pleased to have Dave Minor join our team," said Michael
. He continued, "With his excellent credentials, Dave brings
extensive coalbed methane experience to the table, with direct and
comprehensive involvement in Alabama's Black Warrior Basin. As we move into
the development stage of our operations at Shouyang, it is appropriate that
we add advanced skill sets to our management capacity and Dave certainly
advances our collective competencies for our CBM projects in China."

In his role as Executive Director of Operations for the Company, Mr.
Minor will utilize his expertise to provide guidance and advice on all
operational aspects of its Coalbed Methane Projects in China. His near term
goals are to implement a series of operations objectives aimed at increasing
the CBM production for currently existing wells and maximizing production for
newly drilled wells.

With over thirty years of engineering and management experience,
including project planning, drilling, completion and production, Mr. Minor
has spent the majority of his career in management and technical supervisory
roles; and most recently, a transition role as President and General Manager
of Walter Black Warrior Basin LLC, a Walter Energy subsidiary, operator of
approximately 1,400 coalbed methane wells in Alabama's Black Warrior Basin.

Mr. Minor served as Chairman of the Coalbed Methane Association of
Alabama (CMAA) from 1996-1997 and again from 1999-2002. He has also served on
the Environmental, Tax and Safety Committees. Mr. Minor is a member of the
Society of Petroleum Engineers and served on numerous Committees. Other
professional affiliations include the National Society of Professional
Engineers, The University of Alabama Capstone Engineering Society, and The
Order of the Engineer. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Alabama,
Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. Mr. Minor graduated from the
University of Alabama with a BS Biology; a BS Civil Engineering; and, a MS
Mineral Engineering (Petroleum).

"We look forward to the technical focus that Dave will bring to Far
East," said Donald A. Juckett, Chairman of Far East. "We anticipate excellent
results from his tenure at Far East as he brings a wide range of technical
experience to bear on the exciting Shouyang Block."

Far East Energy Corporation

Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in Beijing, Kunming, and Taiyuan
City, China, Far East Energy Corporation is focused on coalbed methane
exploration and development in China.

Statements contained in this press release that state the intentions,
hopes, beliefs, anticipations, expectations or predictions of the future of
Far East Energy Corporation and its management are forward-looking statements
within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended,
and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. It is
important to note that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees
of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual
results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking
statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those projected in such forward-looking statements include: there can be no
assurance as to the volume of gas that is ultimately produced or sold from
our wells; the fracture stimulation program may not be successful in
increasing gas volumes; due to limitations under Chinese law, we may have
only limited rights to enforce the gas sales agreement between Shanxi
Province Guoxin Energy Development Group Limited and China United Coalbed
Methane Corporation, Ltd., to which we are an express beneficiary; additional
pipelines and gathering systems needed to transport our gas may not be
constructed, or if constructed may not be timely, or their routes may differ
from those anticipated; the pipeline and local distribution/compressed
natural gas companies may decline to purchase or take our gas, or we may not
be able to enforce our rights under definitive agreements with pipelines;
conflicts with coal mining operations or coordination of our exploration and
production activities with mining activities could adversely impact or add
significant costs to our operations; certain of the proposed transactions
with Dart Energy (formerly Arrow Energy) may not close on a timely basis or
at all, including due to a failure to satisfy closing conditions or
otherwise; the anticipated benefits to us of the transactions with Dart
Energy may not be realized; the final amounts received by us from Dart Energy
may be different than anticipated; Dart Energy may exercise its right to
terminate the Farmout Agreement at any time; the Chinese Ministry of Commerce
("MOC") may not approve the extension of our PSCs on a timely basis or at
all; our Chinese partner companies or the MOC may require certain changes to
the terms and conditions of our PSCs in conjunction with their approval of
any extension of our PSCs, including a reduction in acreage; our lack of
operating history; limited and potentially inadequate management of our cash
resources; risk and uncertainties associated with exploration, development
and production of coalbed methane; proved reserves may not be reported in a
timely manner or at all and, if reported, may be smaller than anticipated;
our inability to extract or sell all or a substantial portion of our
estimated Contingent Resources; we may not satisfy requirements for listing
our securities on a securities exchange; expropriation and other risks
associated with foreign operations; disruptions in capital markets affecting
fundraising; matters affecting the energy industry generally; lack of
availability of oil and gas field goods and services; environmental risks;
drilling and production risks; changes in laws or regulations affecting our
operations, as well as other risks described in our 2010 Annual Report and
subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Investor Relations, +1-281-606-1600, Far East Energy Corporation, Investorrelations at fareastenergy.com, Bruce Huff, +1-832-598-0470, Far East Energy Corporation, bhuff at fareastenergy.com, or Catherine Gay, +1-832-598-0470, Far East Energy Corporation, cgay at fareastenergy.com

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