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Ecosphere Technologies Receives Fourth U.S. Patent to Eliminate Chemicals in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

STUART, Fla., May 2, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:ESPH), a diversified water engineering and environmental services company, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a formal Notice of Allowance for a fourth Ecosphere patent to treat industrial wastewaters and potable waters. Over the last fourteen months, Ecosphere has received four patents for its core Ozonix technology.

The patented Ecosphere Ozonix Technology is a high volume, advanced oxidation process designed to clean and recycle water without the use of chemicals. Ecosphere has been operating its patented Ozonix technology in the oil and natural gas industry since 2008, allowing energy exploration and production customers to recycle their flowback and produced waters without chemicals.

Charles Vinick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "It is rewarding to see that our Ozonix patent portfolio is continuing to expand. We have cutting-edge technology that has been proven in the field in day-to-day operations. Receiving this fourth patent on our Ozonix water treatment technology reinforces our unique position in this highly specialized industry. We are pleased to be working with forward thinking energy companies that are reducing their environmental footprints by recycling vital water resources in the shale plays where they operate."

Mickey Donn, Chief Operating Officer, stated, "Ecosphere's patented Ozonix technology has recycled over 17 million barrels of fluid to date for over 300 wells in major U.S. shale plays. Approximately 520,000 gallons of chemicals have been eliminated from hydraulic fracturing operations as a result of the Ozonix technology being used in place of chemical biocides and scale-inhibitors. We are pleased that out technology enables the energy companies that we service to be more environmentally sensitive."

About Ecosphere Technologies:

Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:ESPH) is a diversified water engineering and environmental services company that designs, develops and manufactures wastewater treatment solutions for industrial markets. The Company provides environmental services and technologies for use in large-scale and sustainable applications across industries, nations and ecosystems. Ecosphere is driving clean water innovation with its patented Ozonix advanced oxidation technologies and its mobile, low maintenance water treatment systems. Ecosphere, through its majority-owned subsidiary Ecosphere Energy Services, LLC ("EES"), provides energy exploration companies with an onsite, chemical free method to kill bacteria and reduce scaling during fracturing and flowback operations. For more information, please visit:  

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