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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Water/ Energy Stock News: RIDGELINE (TSX-V: RLE; OTCQX: RGDEF) ENTERS AGREEMENT FOR SIX WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES

CALGARY, Alberta - May 15, 2012 (Investorideas.com newswire) - Ridgeline Energy Services Inc. ( TSX-V: RLE; OTCQX: RGDEF) ("Ridgeline" or the "Company"), an energy services and water treatment company, has signed an agreement with Kerr Energy, LLC of Fort Worth, Texas for the installation of six water treatment facilities to be located in western Texas.
WATER TREATMENT AGREEMENT
The agreement with Kerr Energy is for seven years with a right of renewal and has projected revenues of $24 million dollars in the first five years. The first of Ridgeline's water treatment facilities will be installed on Kerr Energy's Salt Water Disposal ("SWD") wells located near Monahans, Texas and will treat produced and hydraulic fracturing flowback water for reuse by the oil and gas industry. In addition, Ridgeline will share water and oil recovery sales with Kerr. The agreement with Kerr marks a major step forward for Ridgeline into the business of treating water for resale in the oil industry.
Ridgeline currently operates another nearby facility treating produced and flowback water outside Jal, New Mexico as well as a water treatment facility in Santa Fe Springs California. The Santa Fe Springs facility currently treats industrial waste water, produced water, and flowback water from surrounding oil wells. The business model for the new Kerr Energy facilities will be the same as at Santa Fe Springs. Waste water from multiple clients will be delivered to these facilities for treatment and resale or disposal.
"This new contract will initially setup expansion just 50 miles south of our current facility in New Mexico, and grows our company's presence further south and west in Texas. This growth fits perfectly, and allows us to concentrate expansion geographically." stated Dennis M Danzik, developer of Ridgeline's water treatment technology.
Hydraulic fracturing involves the injection of millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into productive formations which stimulate production by creating pathways for oil and gas to escape into the wellbore. A large portion of this water returns to the surface as a by-product or waste stream and must be disposed of properly into a designated facility or treated for beneficial reuse.
Kerr Energy, based in Fort Worth, TX, was formed in 2007 by three veterans of the oil and gas industry. Jim and Mike Martin (with over 30 years' experience in the industry) along with Ian Kerr were active in the Barnett Shale and Permian Basin in the areas of leasehold acquisition, royalty, and working interest offerings. In late 2010, Kerr Energy recognized the high demand of water utility in the west Texas arena. As such, they embarked on an initial build of five fresh water locations within the Midland/Odessa area and west towards Barstow, TX. With a clear view of the current and progressive scarcity and value of water in the region, Kerr was pleased to find that Ridgeline Water Inc. has a technology that has arrived right on time for this situation. Kerr believes Ridgeline is the best partner to progress the services of disposal, fresh water production, and oil recovery. Kerr Energy currently operates five water stations in western Texas, and plans expansion to more than a dozen in 2012.
"Our research and work with Ridgeline over the last several months has proven to our organization that Ridgeline offered the best technology and manufactured equipment to perform and survive in the rigorous oil field environment.", stated Ian Kerr, Kerr Energy CEO. Mr. Kerr also stated, "Our current group of western Texas based water supply operations will now be expanded to include treatment and disposal. It is our plan to recycle up to 80% of the waste water returned. As the year progresses, the plans are to add water treatment to an existing facility every two to four months, depending on volume, contracts, and obtaining the required operating permits."
"To our knowledge, this is the largest water reclamation, and recycling effort for the oil and gas industry in west Texas. Ridgeline is working to build similar relationships with water suppliers in other strategic areas of Texas and New Mexico. Opening our technology to additional revenues from oil recovery, and water supply is now an important part of our business opportunity and strategic plan. This development for us is a result of the mounting need for waste water recycling and we look forward to much growth in this direction" stated Tony Ker, Ridgeline CEO.
PROSPECTUSOFFERING
In addition, Ridgeline is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with Mackie Research Capital Corporation (as sole book runner and co-lead underwriter) whereby Mackie Research Capital Corporation and National Bank Financial Inc. (as co-lead underwriter) along with a syndicate of underwriters (collectively, the "Underwriters") will conduct an overnight marketed offering of common shares of the Company (the "Common Shares") at a price of $0.70 (the " Offering Price ") per Common Share, for gross proceeds of up to approximately $10 million (the "Offering" ). Pursuant to the Offering, the Underwriters have agreed to underwrite 2,857,000 Common Shares at the Offering Price equaling proceeds of approximately $2 million of the gross proceeds of the Offering.
Pursuant to the Offering, the Company hasgranted the Underwriters the option, but not the obligation, exercisable in whole or in part at any time prior to 30 days after closing of the Offering (the "Closing ") to increase the size of the Offering by up to 15% to cover over-allotments and for market stabilization purposes (the "Over-Allotment Option ").
The Common Shares will be offered by way of a short-form prospectus to be filed in such provinces of Canada (except Quebec), where the Common Shares are sold, pursuant to National Instrument 44-101 - Short Form Prospectus Distributions and in the United States on a private placement basis pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
The Offering is scheduled to close on or about the week of June 4 th, 2012 or as otherwise determined by the Company and Underwriters and is subject to certain customary conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
The net proceeds received by the Company from the Offering will be used for commercialization, acquisitions, development, and working capital.
In consideration for their services, the Underwriters will receive a cash commission of 7.0% of the gross proceeds of the Offering and compensation options exercisable any time at the Offering Price for up to 24 months from Closing to purchase an amount of Common Shares equal to 7.0% of the number of Common Shares sold pursuant to the Offering, including the amount subscribed for pursuant to the exercise of the Over-Allotment Option, where any such exercise occurs.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, "U.S. persons," as such term is defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act, unless an exemption from such registration is available.
About Ridgeline Energy Services Inc.
Ridgeline Energy Services Inc. is an energy services and water treatment company. The Company is applying proprietary technology to treat the large volumes of contaminated water generated by oil and gas production. The Company is working with energy majors in the application of its technology for the recycle and reuse of; produced and hydraulic stimulation flowback water; enhanced recovery chemical flood water; and oil sands process water. As well the Company is applying its technology in the testing and treatment of commercial and industrial waste water. Through its environmental consulting and remediation subsidiaries, Ridgeline Environment Inc. and Ridgeline GreenFill Inc., the Company has built a reputation as an established provider of environmental services to North America's oil and gas industry. The Company trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "RLE" and the OTCQX as "RGDEF". Additional information is available on the Company's website at: www.ridgelinecanada.com .
For further information please contact:
Ryan Johnson of Ridgeline Energy Services Inc.
Corporate Development
(604) 566-8066 ext. 3 (Vancouver)
rjohnson@ridgelinecanada.com
David Waldman at Crescendo Communications
Investor Relations
(212) 671-1021 (New York)
dwaldman@crescendo-ir.com
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
"Tony Ker"
Tony Ker, CEO
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