SOURCE: Ecosphere Technologies, Inc.

August 06, 2008 08:00 ET

Ecosphere Technologies' Water Recycling Program With Devon Energy Is Approved by the Texas Railroad Commission

Ecosphere Delivers Ozonix Unit to Devon Energy in the Barnett Shale

STUART, FL--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: ESPH), a diversified water engineering and services company, announces its water recycling program with Devon Energy was recently approved by the Texas Railroad Commission. Further information on this approval can be found at Texas Railroad Commission website:

President and Co-CEO Dennis McGuire of Ecosphere said, "We are excited to begin this water recycling pilot program with Devon Energy and look forward to helping conserve vital water resources to produce clean energy."

Following the Texas Railroad Commission's approval, the Company shipped a mobile high volume 300,000 gallon per day Ecosphere Ozonix unit in two 40' containers to Devon Energy on August 4, 2008. For more information on the Ozonix process, visit:

The Texas Railroad Commission's press release stated the following:

"Devon will contract with Ecosphere Technologies of Stuart, Fla. to operate the pilot project in Johnson County. The project will use a pre-treatment process to remove waste constituents before the water is run through a series of membranes to remove salts. The process will also treat produced water that is released from the shale with natural gas. The recycled water will then be reused to hydraulically fracture the Barnett Shale formation. The water treatment system is projected to produce 75 percent reusable fracture fluid and 25 percent high concentrate and solids. The concentrate will be used as a drilling fluid or disposed of in an authorized facility."

Commissioner Victor Carrillo from the Texas Railroad Commission said, "Advanced drilling and fracturing technology has been critical to making the Barnett Shale one of the nation's top natural gas fields. However, fresh water used to fracture the shale becomes a waste product when it picks up salt, metals and hydrocarbons in the formation. Oil and gas field waste reduction is a priority at the Commission, and I commend Devon and other operators who continue to seek ways to reduce frac fluid and produced water waste."

Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones from the Texas Railroad Commission said, "The process being tested in this unique pilot program will use a low-energy and low-cost, pre-treatment system to remove most of the contaminates before the water is filtered through membranes. Innovations like this system will help the oil and gas industry to find economical ways to transform a waste product into a reusable fluid."

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About Ecosphere Technologies

Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. is a diversified water engineering and services company primarily focused on the natural gas industry. The Company provides water recycling services to provide clean water for energy companies to extract natural gas from unconventional shale plays. Ecosphere's mission is to identify, create and produce clean technologies that solve a significant industry challenge, improve the quality of life and the environment, and are economically viable. Ecosphere has an extensive portfolio of patented clean technologies that can be purchased and licensed for use in large-scale and sustainable applications across industries, nations and ecosystems.

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