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OriginOil Names Cerrell Associates Inc. Public Relations Agency Of Record

- Southern California’s Senior Public Relations/Public Affairs Firm to Manage all Aspects of OriginOil Public Relations Corporate Communications –

Los Angeles, CA – May 19, 2008 – OriginOil, Inc. (OTCBB: OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough technology to help transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, announced today that it has named Cerrell Associates Inc. (CAI) as its public relations agency of record.

“Cerrell Associates has quality expertise in providing long-term strategic counsel, media and public relations, corporate communications direction and program implementation which will help us achieve our goal to be the leader in the algae-to-oil sector,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer. “In choosing Cerrell, we have much more than highly effective branding and communications — we have a team partner in promoting algae as a viable source of renewable energy.”

“We are proud to work with OriginOil, Inc. because they are true innovator in the renewable energy arena,” said Mark Wittenberg, Principal and Executive Vice President of Cerrell Associates, Inc. “With oil over $125 a barrel, and food-based fuels quickly becoming less viable, OriginOil is ready to capitalize on its unique technology that will transform algae to oil.”

Cerrell Associates works with many of the country’s most high profile corporate, non-profit, political, environmental and trade organizations. Sound strategies help CAI clients achieve their public relations goals.

Los Angeles-based Cerrell Associates Inc. (CAI) specializes in public affairs, political consulting, issues management, public relations, corporate communications direction and media, land use, and government relations. Founded in 1966, CAI has the fourth largest environmental practice in the United States, and is one of the nation’s largest independent public relations firms according to O’Dwyers 2007 Directory of Public Relations Firms. It is the sixth largest in Southern California.

Cerrell Associates does not have any interest, directly or indirectly, in OriginOil, Inc., or any right or intent to acquire such an interest.

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