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Provident Confirms December Cash Distribution

CALGARY, ALBERTA, Dec. 8, 2010 (Marketwire) --

All values are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Provident Energy Trust (Provident) (TSX:PVE.UN) (NYSE:PVX) is pleased to announce that its December cash distribution of $0.06 per unit is payable on January 14, 2011 and will be paid to unitholders of record on December 22, 2010. The ex-distribution date will be December 20, 2010. Provident's 2010 annualized cash distribution rate is $0.72 per trust unit. Based on the current annualized cash distribution rate and the TSX closing price on December 7, 2010 of $7.93, Provident's yield is approximately 9 percent.

For unitholders receiving their distribution in U.S. funds, the December 2010 cash distribution will be approximately US$0.06 per unit based on an exchange rate of 0.9908. The actual U.S. dollar distribution will depend on the Canadian/U.S. dollar exchange rate on the payment date and will be subject to applicable withholding taxes.

Provident Energy Trust is a Calgary-based, open-ended energy income trust that owns and manages a natural gas liquids (NGL) midstream business. Provident's Midstream facilities are strategically located in Western Canada and in the premium NGL markets in Eastern Canada and the U.S. Provident provides monthly cash distributions to its unitholders and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols PVE.UN and PVX, respectively.

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements concerning Provident and Provident Energy, as well as other expectations, plans, goals, objectives, information or statements about future events, conditions, results of operations or performance that may constitute "forward-looking statements" or "forward-looking information" under applicable securities legislation. Such statements or information involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond Provident's control, including the impact of general economic conditions in Canada and the United States, industry conditions, changes in laws and regulations including the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, pipeline design and construction, fluctuations in commodity prices, foreign exchange or interest rates, stock market volatility and obtaining required approvals of regulatory authorities.

Such forward-looking statements or information are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect. In addition to other assumptions identified in this news release, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things, commodity prices, operating conditions, capital and other expenditures, and project development activities.

Although Provident believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements or information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because Provident can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements or information are based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by Provident and described in the forward-looking statements or information.

The forward-looking statements or information contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and Provident undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise unless so required by applicable securities laws. The forward-looking statements or information contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Provident Energy Trust Glen Nelson Investor Relations (403) 231-6710 info@providentenergy.com Corporate Head Office: Calgary, Alberta T2P 0C1 (403) 296-2233 or Toll Free: 1-800-587-6299 (403) 264-5820 (FAX) www.providentenergy.com

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