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Barnwell Announces Update on Contract Drilling Operations

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

HONOLULU, April 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Barnwell Industries, Inc. (“Barnwell” or the “Company”) (NYSE American: BRN) today announced that its wholly-owned contract water well drilling subsidiary has determined that a water well currently being drilled in Hawaii, in which the Company experienced a bottom hole drilling assembly failure, should be abandoned and a new well drilled as efforts to remove the items from the well have been unsuccessful.  The additional costs to be incurred due to this are currently estimated to range from $700,000 to $800,000.  The Company will recognize these additional costs in its second quarter ending March 31, 2020.

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