BlueFire Renewables Names Petroleum Industry Veteran, Joe Sparano to Board of Directors

BlueFire Renewables Names Petroleum Industry Veteran, Joe Sparano to Board of Directors


Former President of the Western States Petroleum Association Brings 42 Years of Petroleum Industry Experience to Renowned Renewable Energy Company


IRVINE, CA., March 7, 2011 – BlueFire Renewables, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BFRE), a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm through the production of renewable fuels from non-food cellulosic wastes, announced that Joe Sparano has joined the company’s Board of Directors. As former President and, subsequently, Executive Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) as well as former president of Tesoro Petroleum’s West Coast Regional Business Unit Sparano is a much-welcomed addition to the BlueFire Renewables board.

“We are excited to have Joe Sparano serve on our Board of Directors,” stated Arnold Klann, CEO of BlueFire Renewables, Inc. “Having a well-respected petroleum industry executive, such as Joe, agree to join our board provides BlueFire with strategic guidance as we seek to embark on new projects and solidify new and existing partnerships.”

“I am very pleased to join the BlueFire Renewables board and view it as an excellent opportunity” said Sparano. “The Company has achieved major milestones over the last twelve months and has positioned itself as a leader in the biofuels space. I look forward to assisting in the future success of BlueFire Renewables.”

Sparano is retiring from WSPA at the end of March, after completing a fifteen months term as Executive Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of the Association, where he advised the Chairman and supported WSPA’s President on matters related to the trade organization’s operations and advocacy in six Western states – California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii. Sparano also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CVR Energy, Inc., a mid-continent US independent petroleum refiner and marketer of high value transportation fuels, and a manufacturer and marketer of nitrogen fertilizers in the form of ammonia and UAN. Previously Sparano served as WSPA’s President for almost seven years. Immediately prior to his appointment as WSPA’s President, Sparano was President of Tesoro Petroleum’s West Coast Regional Business Unit and Vice President of the company’s Heavy Fuels Marketing segment.

Sparano’s career also includes service as Chairman and CEO of Long Beach-based Pacific Refining Company and executive positions with Exxon, Ultramar, Union Pacific Resources/Champlin and Mercury Air Group.  He has served as a consultant for TransCanada Pipelines’ Executive Management, and has been president of his own consulting firm.

“We look forward to working closely with Joe as we see-through BlueFire’s current project pipeline and embark on other exciting endeavors in the Renewable Energy arena,” added Klann.

Sparano graduated cum laude from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.  He has pursued graduate studies in business administration at both Stevens and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He resides in Laguna Niguel, CA.

About BlueFire Renewables, Inc.


BlueFire Renewables, Inc. was established to deploy a commercially ready, patented and proven Concentrated Acid Hydrolysis Technology Process for the profitable conversion of cellulosic waste materials (“Green Waste”) to renewable fuel sources, including Cellulosic Ethanol, Biodiesel, BioJet Fuel, and Drop-in Directs. BlueFire is the only cellulose-to-fuel company worldwide with demonstrated production of Biofuels from urban trash (post-sorted MSW), rice and wheat straws, wood waste and other agricultural residues.

BlueFire received an increase to its Grant totaling $88 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in December of 2009.  BlueFire’s biorefineries will be located near markets with high demand for ethanol and will use locally available biomass. This should dramatically reduce delivery costs and increase biofuel supplies, while providing a unique waste processing technology to help America’s cities better manage the increasing problem of overflowing landfills. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements


Statements about BlueFire Renewables expectations, including future revenues and earnings, and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and as the term is defined in the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. BlueFire’s actual results could differ materially from expected results. BlueFire undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequently occurring events or circumstances. Should events occur which materially affect any comments made within this press release; BlueFire will appropriately inform the public.

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