Ridgeline Energy Services Inc.
TSX VENTURE : RLE

Ridgeline Energy Services Inc.

January 18, 2011 16:21 ET

Ridgeline Appoints New Board Member Brian Straub

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2011) - Ridgeline Energy Services Inc. (TSX VENTURE:RLE) ("Ridgeline" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Mr. Brian Straub has joined the Board of Ridgeline. His broad knowledge of the oil and gas industry plus his overall managerial experience will substantially increase the depth of Ridgeline's Board. Mr. Straub's appointment is subject to any necessary regulatory approval.

Mr. Straub recently retired as President - Shell Canada Limited and Canada Country Chair - Royal Dutch Shell. With over 32 years of diverse Canadian and global oil and gas experience, his previous executive responsibilities have included the Oil Sands, Exploration & Production, Major Construction and Technology Development/Application.

A native of Alberta, Mr. Straub holds a Petroleum Engineering Degree from the University of Wyoming.

The Company has granted 250,000 stock options to Mr. Straub to purchase common shares of the Company at a price of $0.62 per share.

Ridgeline also wishes to announce that Mr. Brad Shybunka has resigned from the Board of Directors concurrently with Mr. Straub's appointment. The Company and the Board wish to thank Mr. Shybunka for his efforts and contributions to the Board over the past four years. Mr. Shybunka continues with the Company in his position as Chief Operating Officer of Ridgeline Environment Inc., one of the Company's environmental consulting and remediation subsidiaries.

About Ridgeline Energy Services Inc.

Ridgeline is an environmental technology and consulting company focused on waste management in the oil and gas industry. Through its subsidiary Ridgeline Water Inc., the Company is developing proprietary technology capable of efficiently treating large volumes of contaminated water generated by oil and gas producers operating in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. The Company is working with major energy companies in the application of proprietary technology for effective onsite treatment of produced water, hydraulic fracturing flowback water and oil sands process water (tailings ponds), and to recycle the water used in these oil and gas industry applications. Through its environmental consulting and remediation subsidiaries, Ridgeline Environment Inc. and Ridgeline GreenFill Inc., the Company has built a reputation as an established player in the provision of environmental services to Western Canada's large and growing oil and gas industry. The Company trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "RLE". Additional information is available on the Company's website at:http://www.ridgelinecanada.com or on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

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