Wentworth Energy, Inc.

Wentworth Energy, Inc.

October 19, 2005 08:33 ET

Wentworth Energy, Inc.: Oil Sands Expert Jim Whiteside Joins Wentworth Energy Board of Directors

FORT WORTH, TEXAS--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2005) - Wentworth Energy, Inc. (PINK SHEETS:WNWG) announced today that Jim Whiteside, an expert on US secondary oil sand deposits, has agreed to join the Company's Board of Directors and Management team. In addition to becoming a Board Member, Whiteside has been named President of Oil Sands Development at Wentworth Energy. As the Chairman and co-founder of Microbial Energy, Jim Whiteside has spent much of the past five years working to improve oil sands extraction technology, and adapt it to the smaller deposits, which exist in the U.S. and over 50 other countries.

In making the announcement John Punzo, President of Wentworth Energy said, "Most investors do not realize that while the largest oil sands deposit in the world is in Alberta, Canada the largest oil reserves in the world are trapped in oil sands and oil shale are in the United States. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah have oil sand and shale deposits that contain over 1 trillion barrels of oil. Unlocking the oil in the US oil sands and shale's provides a truly golden opportunity for an emerging oil producer like Wentworth.

Mr. Punzo continued, "Jim Whiteside set out to develop a continuous flow extraction process that uses natural products to separate hydrocarbons from surface-mined oil sands and oil shale. Five years later that process is currently being production tested in the United States, with very promising results. The development cycle provided Jim with an advanced education in US oil sands, literally from the ground up. He knows where the deposits are located, which one's can be commercially produced, where the technical and commercial problems lie, and which technologies can be applied to bring these deposits into production."

Jim Whiteside stated, "In the spring of 1999 I recognized that conventional oil sands extraction technology, which produces bitumen that needs to be upgraded to transport, is prohibitively expensive, inefficient, and environmentally hostile. Very early on in my investigation into the US oil sands deposits in Utah, the US Bureau of Land Management, the State of Utah and the EPA all made it very clear that they would not tolerate the ecological nightmare that is being inflicted on the Athabasca oil sands of Alberta. If America's oil sands and shale's were to be commercially exploited then alternative technologies were required. I started working with bacteria as an extraction agent in 2000, and when that proved to be too capital intensive, we switched to a biocatalyst. There are now three or four technologies, which claim to be environmentally friendly, so my first task will be to evaluate them. If these technologies live up to their proponents claims, it will be a victory for enlightened US government policy."

Mr. Whiteside added, "An emerging company like Wentworth can quickly acquire oil reserves of hundreds of millions of barrels. These are deposits which can be surface mined. It is a totally different type of production than that employed in the Athabasca Tar Sands. Up there a go/no-go decision is a five billion dollar conundrum. Down here the extraction plants come in modules of one to five thousand barrels per day, and cost a few million. It is entirely possible to commence with a production rate of 1,000 bopd and go up in production 10,000 to 20,000 barrels per month just by adding more modules. It is much easier to finance and manage than the monster plants at Fort Mc Murray."

About Wentworth Energy, Inc.

Located in Forth Worth, Texas, Wentworth Energy, Inc. is a diversified energy company focused on the responsible development of America's natural resources while providing maximum shareholder value. Wentworth Energy will apply innovative technologies towards the discovery and development of a diverse portfolio of high value, low risk energy projects such as the Company's opportunities in the Texas Barnett Shale gas play, the prolific oil and gas fields of the Gulf Coast, and the oil sands of eastern Utah. Wentworth Energy trades under the ticker symbol WNWG. For more information on the Company visit www.wentworthenergy.com

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected on the basis of such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made based upon management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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