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Starkey '78 Elected New Board Member of Trans Energy

June 30 2011Trans Energy, Inc. (OTC BB: TENG) announced the election of Richard L. Starkey '78 and two others to the Company's Board of Directors, effective June 29, 2011. Starkey will serve and qualify as independent directors.

Starkey has over 33 years of professional legal experience with an emphasis on oil and gas law. A native of southeasternOhio, he was Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Wetzel County, West Virginia from 1979-1981 and was a practicing attorney in Parkersburg, West Virginia from 1981-1985. Starkey then joined Wiser Oil Company, a New York Stock Exchange listed company headquartered in Dallas, Texas in 1985 as staff attorney, then as assistant secretary in 1986 and then Corporate Secretary and General Counsel from 1987-1994. In 1994, he returned to Parkersburg, West Virginiaand has been active in the practice of law with an emphasis in the practices of oil and gas, real estate and corporate transactions. Starkey is a member of both the West Virginia and Ohio Bar associations.

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