Wentworth Energy, Inc.
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Wentworth Energy, Inc.

August 22, 2006 06:30 ET

Wentworth Energy Appoints New Directors and Assembles New Senior Management Team

PALESTINE, TEXAS--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 22, 2006) - Wentworth Energy, Inc. (OTCBB:WNWG) is pleased to announce new appointments to the Company's Board of Directors and additions to its senior management team. The Board of Directors has appointed Michael Studdard and George Barnes as Directors of Wentworth Energy, effective immediately. The Company also announced the appointments of Michael Studdard as President, George Barnes Vice President of Operations and Dr. Tom Temples Vice President of Exploration and Production.

Michael Studdard, Wentworth Energy's new President and member of the Board, stated, "Wentworth Energy is now in a strong position to leverage the development of its 27,557-acre mineral block in East Texas into a significant oil and gas operation, simply due to the 'fee' mineral ownership associated with the acquisition. We believe the minerals are underdeveloped and represent a unique opportunity to enhance the Company's shareholder value. Since the acquisition of the mineral package Wentworth has started to receive attention from other oil and gas companies active in the region, many of who are interested in the development of these East Texas minerals."

"We have been drilling wells in or around the mineral block for many years. Very few companies will ever see or know this area as we do as a 'hands on driller', and from my perspective this mineral block is capable of producing from multiple horizons, both shallow and deep. We intend to focus our combined efforts and resources as a team to unlock new O&G reserves throughout this large block and expect to see a high rate of success," said George Barnes, Wentworth Energy's new Vice President of Operations, and previously the owner/operator of Barnico Drilling.

"Our plan is to focus our initial development on enhancing existing Woodbine formation opportunities on the minerals," said Tom Temples, Wentworth Energy Vice President of Exploration and Production. "There are numerous oil and gas wells producing adjacent to our minerals, and the goal is to attempt to develop low risk reserves offsetting known oil and gas fields in the area."

"Mike, George and Tom bring a wealth of oil and gas experience to Wentworth Energy," said John Punzo, Board Chairman and CEO. "Their skills in drilling, exploration and production, coupled with their extensive knowledge of the East Texas oil patch, in particular Wentworth Energy's 27,557-acres of minerals in Anderson and Freestone Counties make them all valuable additions to the Wentworth Energy team. Their relevant experience complements that of the other team members and expands our board's strengths and diversity."

Mike Studdard is a member of American Association of Professional Landmen and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He is an independent landman, founding Michael S. Studdard and Associates a company specializing in seismic permitting and exploration ventures. Mr. Studdard founded Signature Geophysical where he was responsible for hiring and supervising landmen, field crews, sales and marketing. From 1989-1992 he was Regional Director of Sales for GFS Company where he was responsible for coordinating and managing sales and marketing activities and developing relationships with oil and gas companies including Mobil, Texaco, Exxon and Chevron in addition to independent exploration companies. From 1986 to 1992 he was employed by TGC Industries as National Sales Director where he increased sales from $6M to $18M within first 2 years. From 1976-1986 he was co-owner of Ward Exploration where he was Manager of Public Relations and Sales responsible for personnel and budgets as well as manager of filed crew operations. Prior to Ward Exploration, Mr. Studdard served in various capacities with SPS Services, Inc.

George Barnes has been President of Barnico Drilling for the past 14 years. He is a second generation oil & gas drilling contractor with over 24 years of hands on drilling operations experience. Mr. Barnes has experience in all facts of drilling ranging from site preparation all the way through drilling and completion. Under his leadership, Barnico Drilling has been providing drilling rigs, crews and auxiliary equipment to drill oil and gas wells, together with excavation equipment and operators used in the preparation of drill site locations and rig access roads. He has oversight and management responsibilities for two drilling rigs, a fleet of rig hauling tractor trailer trucks and caterpillar crawler tractors. Mr. Barnes manages up to 40 employees of which 18 are highly-experienced, key employees who have been with the company from its inception.

Tom J. Temples, Ph.D., is an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist, a SIPES Certified Earth Scientist, a Registered Professional Geologist (Arkansas) and a Registered Environmental Manager with 30 years of experience in exploration, development and management of petroleum ventures in North America. He is a specialist in petroleum economics, prospect evaluation, due diligence, minerals appraisals, subsurface mapping, seismic stratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, seismic interpretation, petroleum geology, and geophysics. Dr. Temples is founder and co-owner of Advanced Environmental Solutions, LLC, a geological research and consulting company headquartered in Lexington, SC. He is also Associate Research Professor at the University of South Carolina and Adjunct Professor of Geology at Clemson University. Dr. Temples received his B.S. degree from Clemson University, his M.S. from the University of Georgia, and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Prior to founding AES, LLC he was employed as Senior Geotechnical Advisor to the Department of Energy at Savannah River Site, from 1991-1999. Dr. Temples was Exploration Manager for Peko Oil, USA where he was responsible for exploration and generation of prospects for drilling as well as the risk assessment and budget preparation for a $200 million program. Early in his career, he served in various capacities with Texaco, Inc.

There are now seven members of Wentworth Energy's Board of Directors including Mike Studdard and George Barnes. Other members of the Board include Board Chairman John Punzo, Gord McDougall, Roger Williams, Francis Ling and Neil Lande.

About Wentworth Energy, Inc.

Wentworth Energy, Inc. is a diversified energy company focused on the responsible development of America's natural resources while maximizing shareholder value. Wentworth Energy applies innovative technologies toward the discovery and development of a diverse portfolio of high-value, low-risk energy projects in North America, including the oil and gas fields of East Texas. Wentworth Energy owns a 27,557-acre mineral block in east central Freestone County and west central Anderson County in the active East Texas Basin, as well as an active oil and gas contract drilling company that has serviced East Texas drilling demand since the late 1970s. Wentworth Energy trades under the ticker symbol WNWG. For more information on the Company visit www.wentworthenergy.com

This Press Release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. A statement identified by the words "expects", "projects", "plans", and certain of the other foregoing statements may be deemed "forward-looking statements". Although Wentworth Energy believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual future activities and results to be materially different from those suggested or described in this press release. These include risks inherent in the drilling of oil and natural gas wells, including risks of fire, explosion, blowout, pipe failure, casing collapse, unusual or unexpected formation pressures, environmental hazards, and other operating and production risks inherent in oil and natural gas drilling and production activities, which may temporarily or permanently reduce production or cause initial production or test results to not be indicative of future well performance or delay the timing of sales or completion of drilling operations; risks with respect to oil and natural gas prices, a material decline in which could cause the Company to delay or suspend planned drilling operations or reduce production levels; and risks relating to the availability of capital to fund drilling operations that can be adversely affected by adverse drilling results, production declines and declines in oil and gas prices and other risk factors.

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