UNITED STATES
                   SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                         Washington, D.C.  20549
                                FORM 10-Q


[X]   Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities
      Exchange Act of 1934.
   
For the quarterly period ended June 30, 1996

Commission file number 1-9735


                          BERRY PETROLEUM COMPANY
          (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


           DELAWARE                                        77-0079387   
(State or other jurisdiction of                         (I.R.S. Employer   
incorporation or organization)                         Identification No.)

28700 Hovey Hills Road, P.O. Bin X, Taft, California              93268   
(Address of principal executive offices)                        (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code         (805) 769-8811

Former Name, Former Address and Former Fiscal Year, if Changed Since Last
Report:

                                   NONE


     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all
reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or such shorter period
that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been
subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  YES  (X) NO (  )

     The number of shares of each of the registrant's classes of capital
stock outstanding as of June 30, 1996 was 21,043,333 shares of Class A
Common Stock ($.01 par value) and 898,892 shares of Class B Stock ($.01 par
value).  All of the Class B Stock is held by a shareholder who owns in
excess of 5% of the outstanding stock of the registrant.







                          BERRY PETROLEUM COMPANY
                               JUNE 30, 1996
                                   INDEX





PART I. Financial Information                                      Page No.

Report of Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P., Independent Accountants . . . . .  3


Item 1. Financial Statements

Condensed Balance Sheets at
 June 30, 1996 and December 31, 1995  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4

Condensed Income Statements  
 for the Three Month Periods
   Ended June 30, 1996 and 1995  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Condensed Income Statements
 for the Six Month Periods  
   Ended June 30, 1996 and 1995  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Condensed Statements of
 Cash Flows for the Six Month Periods
  Ended June 30, 1996 and 1995 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8


Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis
 of Financial Condition and Results of Operations   . . . . . . . . .  9


PART II. Other Information


Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders . . . . . 11


Item 6. Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K. . . .  . . . . . . . . . .  12

SIGNATURES  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12










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                     REPORT OF INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTANTS








To the Board of Directors
Berry Petroleum Company


We have reviewed the accompanying condensed balance sheet of Berry
Petroleum Company as of June 30, 1996, the condensed statements of income
for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 1996 and 1995, and the
condensed statements of cash flows for the six month periods ended June 30,
1996 and 1995. These interim financial statements are the responsibility of
the Company's management.

We conducted our review in accordance with standards established by the
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  A review of interim
financial information consists principally of applying analytical review
procedures to financial data and making inquiries of persons responsible
for financial and accounting matters.  It is substantially less in scope
than an audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, the
objective of which is the expression of an opinion regarding the financial
statements taken as a whole.  Accordingly, we do not express such an
opinion.

Based on our review, we are not aware of any material modifications that
should be made to the accompanying condensed financial statements for them
to be in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.


/s/ COOPERS & LYBRAND L.L.P.

COOPERS & LYBRAND L.L.P.
Los Angeles, California
August 5, 1996












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                          BERRY PETROLEUM COMPANY

                       Part I. Financial Information

                       Item 1. Financial Statements
                         Condensed Balance Sheets
                  (In Thousands Except Share Information)


                                                 June 30,      December 31,
                                                   1996             1995   
                                               (Unaudited)
          ASSETS
Current Assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                      $  29,017        $  18,759
  Short-term investments - available for sale        7,505           15,695
  Accounts receivable                                8,524            8,414
  Deferred income taxes                                753            1,175
  Prepaid expenses and other                         1,641            1,157
                                                 _________        _________
   Total current assets                             47,440           45,200

Oil and gas properties (successful efforts
 basis), buildings and equipment, net               73,699           72,042
Other assets                                           507              480
                                                 _________        _________
                                                 $ 121,646        $ 117,722
                                                 =========        =========
 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                               $   2,736        $   3,086
  Accrued liabilities                                3,522            3,912
  Federal and state income taxes payable             1,321            1,696
                                                 _________        _________
   Total current liabilities                         7,579            8,694

Deferred income taxes                               17,987           16,968

Shareholders' equity:
 Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 2,000,000 shares
  authorized; no shares outstanding                    -                -   
 Capital stock, $.01 par value;      
  Class A Common Stock, 50,000,000 shares authorized;
   21,043,333 shares issued and outstanding at
   June 30, 1996 (21,033,055 at December 31, 1995)     210              210
  Class B Stock, 1,500,000 shares authorized;
   898,892 shares issued and outstanding   
   (liquidation preference of $899)                      9                9
 Capital in excess of par value                     52,998           52,850
 Retained earnings                                  42,863           38,991
                                                 _________        _________
   Total shareholders' equity                       96,080           92,060
                                                 _________        _________
                                                 $ 121,646        $ 117,722
                                                 =========        =========


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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                          BERRY PETROLEUM COMPANY
                       Part I. Financial Information
                       Item 1. Financial Statements
                       Condensed Income Statements
             Three Month Periods Ended June 30, 1996 and 1995
                   (In Thousands Except Per Share Data)
                                (Unaudited)


                                                   1996            1995   

Revenues:
 Sales of oil and gas                           $ 13,219        $ 12,442
  Interest and other income, net                     507             526
                                                ________        ________
                                                  13,726          12,968
                                                ________        ________
Expenses:
 Operating costs                                   3,748           4,935 
 Depreciation, depletion and amortization          1,688           1,576 
 Dry hole and abandonment costs                       75              88 
 General and administrative                        1,294           1,249 
                                                ________        ________
                                                   6,805           7,848 
                                                ________        ________

Income before income taxes                         6,921           5,120 
Provision for income taxes                         2,523           2,244 
                                                ________        ________

Net income                                      $  4,398        $  2,876
                                                ========        ========

Net income per share                            $    .20        $    .13 
                                                ========        ========

Weighted average number of
 shares of capital stock used
 to calculate earnings per share                  21,939          21,932 
                                                ========        ========

Cash dividends per share                        $    .10        $    .10 
                                                ========        ========











The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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                          BERRY PETROLEUM COMPANY
                       Part I. Financial Information
                        Item 1. Financial Statements
                         Condensed Income Statements
               Six Month Periods Ended June 30, 1996 and 1995
                    (In Thousands Except Per Share Data)
                                 (Unaudited)
    

                                                   1996              1995

Revenues:
 Sales of oil and gas                            $ 25,364         $ 22,881
 Interest and other income, net                       965            1,074
                                                 ________         ________
                                                   26,329           23,955
                                                 ________         ________

Expenses:
 Operating costs                                    7,562            9,795
 Depreciation, depletion and amortization           3,315            3,277
 Dry hole and abandonment costs                        75              131
 General and administrative                         2,393            2,365
                                                 ________         ________
                                                   13,345           15,568
                                                 ________         ________

Income before income taxes                         12,984            8,387 
Provision for income taxes                          4,725            3,301 
                                                 ________         ________

Net income                                       $  8,259         $  5,086 
                                                 ========         ========

Net income per share                             $    .38         $    .23 
                                                 ========         ========

Weighted average number of
 shares of capital stock used
 to calculate earnings per share                   21,935           21,932
                                                 ========         ========

Cash dividends per share                         $    .20         $    .20
                                                 ========         ========
                                                   










The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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                          BERRY PETROLEUM COMPANY
                       Part I. Financial Information
                       Item 1. Financial Statements
                    Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
              Six Month Periods Ended June 30, 1996 and 1995
                              (In Thousands)
                                (Unaudited)
                                                    1996          1995  
Cash flows from operating activities:
 Net income                                       $ 8,259       $ 5,086 
 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net 
  cash provided by operating activities:
   Depletion, depreciation and amortization         3,315         3,277 
   Increase (decrease) in deferred income tax 
    liability                                       1,019        (1,869)
   Other, net                                         184           (52)
                                                  _______       _______
    Net working capital provided by operating 
     activities                                    12,777         6,442

  Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable, 
   prepaid expenses and other                        (172)        3,841 
  Decrease in current liabilities                  (1,115)       (3,213) 
                                                  _______       _______
    Net cash provided by operating activities      11,490         7,070  

Cash flows from investing activities:
  Capital expenditures                             (5,183)       (6,010) 
  Maturities of short-term investments              8,190         7,932
  Purchase of short-term investments                  -          (3,000)
  Other, net                                          -             (33)
                                                  _______       _______
    Net cash provided by (used in) provided by 
     investing activities                           3,007        (1,111)

Cash flows from financing activities:
  Dividends paid                                   (4,387)       (4,387)
  Stock options exercised                             148           -
                                                  _______       _______
    Net cash used in financing activities          (4,239)       (4,387)
                                                  _______       _______

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents          10,258         1,572  

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year     18,759         7,466 
                                                  _______       _______

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period        $29,017       $ 9,038
                                                  =======       =======

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
 Income taxes paid                                $ 3,959       $ 2,885
                                                  =======       =======




The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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                          BERRY PETROLEUM COMPANY
                       Part I. Financial Information
                        Item 1. Financial Statements

                  Notes to Condensed Financial Statements
                               June 30, 1996
                                (Unaudited)

1.   All adjustments which are, in the opinion of management, necessary for
a fair presentation of the Company's financial position at June 30, 1996
and December 31, 1995, results of operations and cash flows for the six
month periods ended June 30, 1996 and 1995 and results of operations for
the three month periods ended June 30, 1996 and 1995 have been included. 
All such adjustments are of a normal recurring nature.  The results of
operations and cash flows are not necessarily indicative of the results for
a full year.

2.   The accompanying unaudited financial statements have been prepared on
a basis consistent with the accounting principles and policies reflected in
the December 31, 1995 financial statements.  The December 31, 1995 Form
10-K and the Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 1996 should be read
in conjunction herewith.  The year-end condensed balance sheet was derived
from audited financial statements, but does not include all disclosures
required by generally accepted accounting principles.

3.   On December 25, 1993, the Company experienced a crude oil spill on its
PRC 735 State lease located in the West Montalvo field in Ventura County,
California.  The clean-up of the spill was substantially completed in
January 1994.  The Company negotiated a resolution of the state criminal
investigation in August 1994.  Governmental investigations continue
regarding potential civil and federal criminal penalties, if any.

     Management believes the Company has an adequate amount of insurance
coverage for the majority of the costs associated with the spill. The
Company estimates the total cost of the spill, net of insurance
reimbursement, to be a minimum of $3.3 million and a maximum of $5.1
million.  The minimum amount was expensed by the Company ($1.3 million in
1994 and $2 million in 1993).  The costs incurred and estimated to be
incurred in connection with the spill not yet paid by the Company are
included in current liabilities at June 30, 1996, and the probable
remaining minimum insurance reimbursement is included in accounts
receivable.  As of June 30, 1996, the Company had received approximately
$8.1 million under its insurance coverage as reimbursement for costs
incurred and paid by the Company associated with the spill.









 



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                          BERRY PETROLEUM COMPANY
                       Part I. Financial Information

 
             Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of
               Financial Condition and Results of Operations

                           Results of Operations

      The Company had net income of $8.3 million for the six months ended
June 30, 1996 or $.38 per share, up 63% from net income of $5.1 million for
the six months ended June 30, 1995 or $.23 per share.  For the three months
ended June 30, 1996, the Company had net income of $4.4 million or $.20 per
share, up 13% from $3.9 million or $.18 per share earned during the first
quarter of 1996 and up 52% from $2.9 million or $.13 per share earned in
the second quarter of 1995.

                                Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended

                         Jun 30      Mar 31     Jun 30    Jun 30     Jun 30
                          1996        1996       1995      1996       1995

Net Production (BOE/D)    9,465       9,101      9,344     9,276      9,136
Average Sales Price/BOE  $15.27      $14.42     $14.63    $14.96     $13.84
Operating Costs/BOE        4.35        4.61       5.80      4.48       5.92
Depreciation/Depletion/
 BOE                       1.96        1.97       1.85      1.96       1.98
General and Administrative
 Expenses/BOE              1.50        1.33       1.47      1.42       1.43

      Operating income from producing operations was $7.8 million in the
second quarter of 1996, up 15% and 28% from $6.8 million and $6.1 million
for the three months ended March 31, 1996 and June 30, 1995, respectively.

      The improvement in operating income in the second quarter of 1996 was
primarily related to higher oil prices, lower operating expenses and higher
production.  Oil and gas production of 9,465 BOE/day in the second quarter
of 1996 was up 364 BOE/day from the first quarter of 1996 and 121 BOE/day
from the second quarter of 1995.  The increase in production was primarily
due to the benefits of the 1995 and 1996 drilling programs.  After
adjusting the 1995 period for production from the Rincon field which the
Company sold in November 1995, production for the second quarter of 1996
was more than 400 BOE/day higher than the second quarter in 1995.

      The average sales price for the Company's oil and gas in the second
quarter was $15.27/BOE, 6% and 4% higher than $14.42 received in the first
quarter of 1996 and $14.63 in the second quarter of 1995, respectively. The
average posted price of San Joaquin Valley heavy crude oil, the applicable
price for the Company's homebase properties (88% of the Company's total
production) began the quarter at $17.75/bbl, declined to a low of
$13.75/bbl on June 6, 1996 and closed the quarter at $14.50/bbl.

      The price of heavy crude oil, the principal product of the Company,
is influenced by many factors including world oil prices, the heating fuel
and bunker fuel markets, levels of imports to California of like-kind 


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products and the condition and utilization of California's refineries.  
These factors in combination worked to the Company's favor in the first
quarter, resulting in a differential between California heavy crude oil
prices and West Texas Intermediate prices of $4.64/bbl in the first
quarter.  In the second quarter of 1996, these conditions deteriorated
primarily due to lower demand for heavy crude oil caused by an unusually
high amount of refinery downtime on the West Coast.  This resulted in a
differential of $6.19/bbl in the second quarter.  Management believes that
as the refinery throughput on the West Coast stabilizes and as Alaska North
Slope crude oil is delivered to new markets, the differential should
decrease.

      Operating costs of $4.35/BOE were 6% and 25% lower than $4.61/BOE in
the first quarter of 1996 and $5.80/BOE in the second quarter of 1995,
respectively.  The decline from the first quarter was due primarily to
lower fuel gas prices and higher production.  When compared to the second
quarter of 1995, the current quarter also benefited from lower steam costs
resulting from the acquisition of the cogeneration plant in August 1995 and
the sale of the Rincon field which experienced higher operating costs/BOE
when compared to other Company operated properties.
     
     The Company drilled and completed 41 development wells on its Midway-Sunset
properties during the first seven months of 1996, with plans to drill an
additional five wells during the remainder of the year.  The positive effect
of this drilling program, combined with increased steaming operations,
continues to be felt with current production at approximately 9,650 BOE/day,
up approximately 10% since the beginning of the year.

      General and administrative expenses were $1.3 million in the second
quarter, up from $1.1 million in the first quarter of 1996 and $1.2 million
in the second quarter of 1995.  The increase was primarily related to
higher payroll, medical and general insurance costs experienced in the
quarter.  General and administrative expenses represented approximately
$1.50/BOE for the second quarter, up from $1.33/BOE in the first quarter of
1996 and comparable to $1.47/BOE in the second quarter of 1995.

      The Company's effective tax rate in the six month period ended June
30, 1996 was 36%, down from 39% in the first six months of 1995.  The
higher rate experienced in 1995 resulted from an adverse U.S. Tax Court
decision which was rendered in May of 1995.


                          Liquidity & Capital Resources

      Working capital at June 30, 1996 was $39.9 million, up from $38.1
million at March 31, 1996 and $36.5 million at December 31, 1995.  Net cash
provided by operating activities was $11.5 million for the first six months
of 1996, 62% higher than $7.1 million provided in the first six months of
1995 due to higher production, higher oil prices and lower operating costs. 
The 1995 cash flow was also lower due to the payment of approximately $2
million for federal taxes and accrued interest resulting from a U.S. Tax
Court decision rendered in May 1995.  Funds were used in the 1996 period to
finance capital expenditures of $5.2 million and to pay dividends of $4.4
million.

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                           BERRY PETROLEUM COMPANY

 
                         Part II. Other Information                        
       


Item 4.  Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

      At the annual meeting which was held at the Company's corporate
offices on May 17, 1996, one new director was elected and eleven incumbent
directors were re-elected.  Also, the firm of Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. was
ratified as the Company's independent accountants for 1996.  The results of
voting as reported by the inspector of elections are noted below:

1.   There were 21,931,879 shares of the Company's common stock issued,     
     outstanding and entitled to vote as of the record date, March 25,      
     1996.

2.   There were present at the meeting, in person or by proxy, the holders
     of 19,332,888 shares, representing 88.15% of the total number of       
     shares outstanding and entitled to vote at the meeting, such           
     percentage representing a quorum.

PROPOSAL ONE:  Election of Directors

                                          VOTES FOR    PERCENT     WITHHELD
  
Benton Bejach                            18,845,702     85.93%      487,186
William F. Berry                         19,225,988     87.66%      106,900
Gerry A. Biller                          19,314,289     88.06%       18,599
Harvey L. Bryant                         19,290,243     87.96%       42,645
Ralph B. Busch, III                      19,314,362     88.07%       18,526
William E. Bush, Jr.                     18,957,778     86.44%      375,110
William B. Charles                       18,953,304     86.42%      379,584
Richard F. Downs                         19,309,088     88.04%       23,800
John A. Hagg                             19,314,865     88.07%       18,023
Jerry V. Hoffman                         19,221,791     87.64%      111,097
Thomas J. Jamieson                       19,313,567     88.06%       19,321
Roger G. Martin                          19,313,188     88.06%       19,700



PROPOSAL TWO:  Ratify the selection of Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. as the      
               independent accountants for the year 1996.
  
     VOTES FOR               19,292,458           87.97%
     AGAINST                     10,588             .05%
     ABSTAIN                     29,842             .13%
     BROKER NON-VOTE                  0             .00%











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Item 6. Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K

Exhibit 15 - Accountants' Awareness Letter


SIGNATURES

     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by
the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

BERRY PETROLEUM COMPANY



/s/ Jerry V. Hoffman                     
Jerry V. Hoffman
 President and
  Chief Executive Officer



/s/ Ralph J. Goehring                   
Ralph J. Goehring
 Chief Financial Officer
 (Principal Financial Officer)



/s/ Donald A. Dale                      
Donald A. Dale
 Controller
 (Principal Accounting Officer)



Date:  August 6, 1996    





















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                 EXHIBIT 15. ACCOUNTANTS AWARENESS LETTER


COOPERS            350 South Grand Avenue          telephone (213) 356-6000
& LYBRAND L.L.P.   Los Angeles, CA  90071-3405     facsimile (213) 356-6363



August 5, 1996


Securities and Exchange Commission
450 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington D.C.  20549

Re:  Berry Petroleum Company
     Commission File No. 1-9735


We are aware that our report dated August 5, 1996 on our review of the
interim condensed financial statements of Berry Petroleum Company for the
three and six-month periods ended June 30, 1996, and included in the Company's
quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter then ended, is incorporated
by reference in the registration statements on Form S-8 (File No. 33-23326
and 33-61337).  Pursuant to Rule 436(c) under the Securities Act of 1933,
this report should not be considered a part of the registration statements
prepared or certified by us within the meaning of Sections 7 and 11 of that
Act.





/s/ Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P.












Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P., a registered limited liability partnership, is a
member firm of Coopers & Lybrand (International)





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