Vertex Energy, Inc. (OTCBB:VTNR), a leader in the aggregation, recycling and processing of distressed hydrocarbon streams, today announced that volume of its Thermal-Chemical Extraction Process (“TCEP”) finished product has exceeded 75,000 barrels during the months of October and November 2010, a substantial increase from last year’s October and November production.

Benjamin P. Cowart, CEO and founder of Vertex, stated, “We are pleased with the production of barrels of finished diesel replacement product during October and November. TCEP’s performance has improved dramatically since we implemented changes to it during the end of the third quarter. In addition to the increased production, we were also able to reduce our per barrel cost, increase our yield and improve the finished product quality relative to previous months. We believe that these TCEP results bode well for our prospects during the remainder of the fourth quarter and into 2011.”

TCEP volume was approximately 38,400 in October 2010 and 37,000 in November 2010. Vertex Energy’s Thermal-Chemical Extraction Process is a licensed technology launched in July 2009 within the Company’s Refining & Marketing Division that converts used oil into refining feedstock and diesel replacement product that can be used in all grades of marine based fuels.

About Vertex Energy, Inc.

Vertex Energy, Inc. (OTCBB: VTNR) is a leader in the aggregation, recycling and processing of distressed hydrocarbon streams thereby reducing the United States’ reliance on foreign crude oil. Vertex’s focus, as a participant in the alternative energy and environmentally friendly investment sectors, is on creating increased value in the products it manages and produces through a variety of strategies and technologies that facilitate the re-refining of used oil and off specification commercial chemical products into higher value commodities. By creating higher value products from distressed hydrocarbon streams, the Company is positioned to produce both financial and environmental benefits. Vertex is based in Houston, Texas with offices in Georgia and California. More information on the Company can be found at

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