El Paso Board of Directors Elects Senior Officers

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from El Paso Corporation

    HOUSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of El Paso
 Corporation (NYSE:   EPG) announced today the election of both Peggy Heeg and
 David Zerhusen to the position of senior vice president and deputy general
 counsel for the corporation.  These promotions reflect the significant
 increase in responsibility for each of these individuals as a result of the
 merger between El Paso and The Coastal Corporation.
     Peggy A. Heeg joined Tenneco Energy in 1990 and held various positions in
 the legal department.  In 1997, she became vice president and associate
 general counsel for regulated pipelines for El Paso after the merger with
 Tenneco Energy.  She currently is responsible for the legal work for El Paso's
 international, exploration and production, petroleum products, field services,
 and interstate pipelines business units.  Heeg serves on the Interstate
 Natural Gas Association of America's Regulatory Policy Committee and is a
 member of the State Bar of Texas, as well as the American, Energy, District of
 Columbia, and Kentucky Bar Associations.  She graduated from the University of
 Louisville and earned a law degree from the University of Louisville Law
 School.
     David E. Zerhusen joined El Paso as vice president and associate general
 counsel in 2000.  Prior to joining the company, he held various positions in
 Tenneco Inc.'s legal department before serving as the vice president of law
 for Tenneco Europe in London, England.  He currently is responsible for El
 Paso's legal work relating to litigation, compliance, environmental,
 antitrust, contracts, property tax, real estate, and global market asset
 operations.  Zerhusen is a member of the American, District of Columbia, and
 Maryland Bar Associations.  He graduated from Georgetown University and earned
 a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
     El Paso Corporation, the largest and most broadly based natural gas
 company in the world, spans the energy value chain from wellhead to electron.
 With an enterprise value in excess of $50 billion, El Paso is a leader in
 every phase of the natural gas industry.  The company owns and operates a
 significant portion of the North American natural gas delivery grid, operates
 the fastest growing, most sophisticated energy merchant group, and is the
 nation's third largest natural gas producer.  El Paso, a leader in risk
 management techniques, is focused on maximizing shareholder value,
 transforming existing markets, and speeding the development of new markets.
 Visit El Paso at www.elpaso.com.
 
     CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
     This release includes forward-looking statements and projections, made in
 reliance on the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  The company has made every reasonable effort to ensure
 that the information and assumptions on which these statements and projections
 are based are current, reasonable, and complete.  However, a variety of
 factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections,
 anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this release.  While
 the company makes these statements and projections in good faith, neither the
 company nor its management can guarantee that the anticipated future results
 will be achieved.  Reference should be made to the company's (and its
 affiliates') Securities and Exchange Commission filings for additional
 important factors that may affect actual results.
 
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    HOUSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of El Paso
 Corporation (NYSE:   EPG) announced today the election of both Peggy Heeg and
 David Zerhusen to the position of senior vice president and deputy general
 counsel for the corporation.  These promotions reflect the significant
 increase in responsibility for each of these individuals as a result of the
 merger between El Paso and The Coastal Corporation.
     Peggy A. Heeg joined Tenneco Energy in 1990 and held various positions in
 the legal department.  In 1997, she became vice president and associate
 general counsel for regulated pipelines for El Paso after the merger with
 Tenneco Energy.  She currently is responsible for the legal work for El Paso's
 international, exploration and production, petroleum products, field services,
 and interstate pipelines business units.  Heeg serves on the Interstate
 Natural Gas Association of America's Regulatory Policy Committee and is a
 member of the State Bar of Texas, as well as the American, Energy, District of
 Columbia, and Kentucky Bar Associations.  She graduated from the University of
 Louisville and earned a law degree from the University of Louisville Law
 School.
     David E. Zerhusen joined El Paso as vice president and associate general
 counsel in 2000.  Prior to joining the company, he held various positions in
 Tenneco Inc.'s legal department before serving as the vice president of law
 for Tenneco Europe in London, England.  He currently is responsible for El
 Paso's legal work relating to litigation, compliance, environmental,
 antitrust, contracts, property tax, real estate, and global market asset
 operations.  Zerhusen is a member of the American, District of Columbia, and
 Maryland Bar Associations.  He graduated from Georgetown University and earned
 a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
     El Paso Corporation, the largest and most broadly based natural gas
 company in the world, spans the energy value chain from wellhead to electron.
 With an enterprise value in excess of $50 billion, El Paso is a leader in
 every phase of the natural gas industry.  The company owns and operates a
 significant portion of the North American natural gas delivery grid, operates
 the fastest growing, most sophisticated energy merchant group, and is the
 nation's third largest natural gas producer.  El Paso, a leader in risk
 management techniques, is focused on maximizing shareholder value,
 transforming existing markets, and speeding the development of new markets.
 Visit El Paso at www.elpaso.com.
 
     CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
     This release includes forward-looking statements and projections, made in
 reliance on the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995.  The company has made every reasonable effort to ensure
 that the information and assumptions on which these statements and projections
 are based are current, reasonable, and complete.  However, a variety of
 factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections,
 anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this release.  While
 the company makes these statements and projections in good faith, neither the
 company nor its management can guarantee that the anticipated future results
 will be achieved.  Reference should be made to the company's (and its
 affiliates') Securities and Exchange Commission filings for additional
 important factors that may affect actual results.
 
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