Biodiesel Leader Green Earth Fuels Passes Two Million Gallon Mark Exceptional Product Quality Unique to Industry

    HOUSTON, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Earth Fuels, the nation's newest
 leader in helping progressive energy companies integrate renewable and
 environmentally sound biodiesel into existing distillate product offerings,
 achieved outstanding fuel quality results from its initial production
 batches at the new Galena Park facility on Houston's Ship Channel.
     The company's first process line, capable of producing 45 million
 gallons-per-year (mmgpy) of quality biodiesel, went into commercial
 operation on July 24. Its first two batches of biodiesel, which were
 produced from Soybean oil, met the national ASTM (American Society of
 Testing and Materials) specifications. This first of two planned trains was
 completed on schedule and on budget.
     To date the facility has produced and shipped more than 2.4 million
 gallons of fuel, with all of it meeting the stringent requirements of ASTM
 specification D6751.
     The facility utilizes Green Earth's proprietary design which focuses on
 producing ratable and high quality biodiesel. A $100,000 on-site
 fuel-testing lab, managed by highly experienced Green Earth technicians,
 closely monitors biodiesel quality throughout every step of processing to
 ensure that all of the product will meet ASTM requirements before
 third-party certifications are performed, and that only high quality
 biodiesel is allowed to exit the plant.
     Anointed by U.S. DOE as America's fastest growing fuel, biodiesel is a
 renewable fuel derived from natural sources such as vegetable oils and
 animal fats and can be blended seamlessly into diesel fuel. U.S. biodiesel
 production more than doubled last year to an estimated 225 million gallons.
 According to the National Biodiesel Board, the industry intends to replace
 five percent, or three billion gallons, of the country's petroleum diesel
 for on-road uses by 2015.
     Compared to petroleum-based diesel, biodiesel significantly reduces air
 emissions, complies with strict low sulfur mandates, and can be used in
 diesel blends with no modifications or infrastructure changes. Furthermore,
 biodiesel supports the U.S. farm economy, improves regional and national
 energy security, expands tight fuel inventories, and reduces America's
 foreign oil dependence.
     "The high quality biodiesel we have produced from day one is unique in
 this industry and reflects a fundamental commitment we make to our
 commercial customers and investors," remarked Greg Bafalis, Green Earth
 president and chief executive officer. "By ensuring we can meet the
 rigorous scale, quality, and logistics requirements of our energy industry
 customers, we plan to become an integral and vital link in their renewable
 fuel strategies."
     Construction on the two-train, 90 mmgpy Galena Park project began in
 2006. The second process line of 45 million gallons will be in commercial
 operation by Oct. 1, 2007. The facility, one of the largest in the country,
 is located within the Galena Park Liquids Terminal owned by Kinder Morgan
 Energy Partners, L.P., one of the largest energy transportation, storage,
 and distribution companies in North America.
     "With our second production train in Houston near completion and
 projects now underway in California and on the East Coast, we have assumed
 a leadership role in the U.S. renewable fuels marketplace," added Bafalis.
 "The time has come for a national biodiesel infrastructure that is safe,
 sustainable, progressive, and commercially viable."
     About Green Earth Fuels, LLC
     Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Green Earth Fuels, LLC is a national
 leader in the production and distribution of environmentally sound
 biodiesel and provides the requisite scale, product quality, and
 streamlined logistics necessary to reliably supply and support leading
 energy companies' renewable fuel strategies.
     Green Earth is majority owned by Riverstone Holdings, LLC and The
 Carlyle Group through a controlling investment by the Carlyle/Riverstone
 Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund I, L.P. and by Goldman Sachs through
 GS Power Holdings, LLC.

SOURCE Green Earth Fuels, LLC

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