John P. McGinnis Named Senior Vice President of Seneca Resources

    HOUSTON, March 8 /CNW/ - Seneca Resources Corporation ("Seneca"), the
Exploration and Production subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:  
NFG), announced today that John P. McGinnis has been named Senior Vice
President, Exploration and Development.

    "We are pleased to welcome John to the Company," said David F. Smith,
President and Chief Operating Officer of National Fuel Gas Company. "Adding
John to our management team at Seneca further underscores our commitment to
develop and extract value from our Appalachian holdings. Like Matt Cabell,
Seneca's recently-named President, John possesses technical expertise and
industry experience that will strongly contribute to our Appalachian growth
plan," Smith added.

    McGinnis has 22 years experience in oil and gas exploration, including
his most recent position as General Manager, Exploration and Production
(Eastern U.S.) for Dominion Resources, where he was responsible for leading
the business unit's strategy to explore for reserves in Appalachia and other
Eastern U.S. regions.

    "John's extensive experience will help Seneca to achieve the long-term
objectives of increasing reserves and reducing finding costs," said Matt
Cabell, President of Seneca.(*) "In particular, John will help to execute a
comprehensive growth plan for our Appalachian properties, while also providing
day-to-day oversight of the overall exploration program.(*) Barry McMahan will
continue in his current role as Senior Vice President, Production and
Operations, helping Seneca to maintain our position as an efficient low-cost

    Prior to his employment at Dominion Resources, McGinnis was Vice
President of Exploration for Nuevo Energy and Division Explorationist for
Amerada Hess Corporation. He holds a PhD in Marine Geology and Geophysics from
Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and both a Masters
degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics from Purdue University.
McGinnis and his wife, Lana, reside in Houston, Texas, with their two

    National Fuel Gas Company is an integrated energy company with $3.8
billion in assets comprising five principal operating segments: Utility,
Pipeline and Storage, Exploration and Production, Energy Marketing, and
Timber. Additional information about the Company is available at or through its investor information service at

    (*) Certain statements contained herein, including those which are
designated with an asterisk ("(*)") and those which use words such as
"anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts,"
"projects," and similar expressions, are "forward-looking statements" as
defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause
actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the
forward-looking statements. The Company's expectations, beliefs and
projections contained herein are expressed in good faith and are believed to
have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that such expectations,
beliefs or projections will result or be achieved or accomplished. In addition
to other factors, the following are important factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking
statements: changes in laws and regulations to which the Company is subject,
including changes in tax, environmental, safety and employment laws and
regulations; changes in economic conditions, including economic disruptions
caused by terrorist activities, acts of war or major accidents; changes in the
availability and/or price of natural gas or oil; significant changes from
expectations in actual capital expenditures and operating expenses and
unanticipated project delays or changes in project costs or plans; the nature
and projected profitability of pending and potential projects and other
investments; occurrences affecting the Company's ability to obtain funds from
operations or from issuances of debt or equity securities to finance needed
capital expenditures and other investments, including any downgrades in the
Company's credit ratings; uncertainty of oil and gas reserve estimates;
ability to successfully identify and finance acquisitions or other investments
and ability to operate and integrate existing and any subsequently acquired
business or properties; ability to successfully identify, drill for and
produce economically viable natural gas and oil reserves; significant changes
from expectations in the Company's actual production levels for natural gas or
oil; or significant changes in the Company's relationship with its employees
or contractors and the potential adverse effects if labor disputes, grievances
or shortages were to occur. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date

For further information:

For further information: National Fuel Gas Company Analyst: Margaret M.
Suto, 716-857-6987 or Media: Julie Coppola Cox, 716-857-7079

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