Williams Receives Southern Gas Association's 2001 Community Service Award

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Williams

    TULSA, Okla., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Williams'
 (NYSE:   WMB) gas pipeline unit was honored today with the Southern Gas
 Association's Community Service Award for 2001 at the association's annual
 Management Conference in Charleston, S.C.  The award is given to the SGA
 member company with the most outstanding community outreach program.
     Williams received the 2001 SGA Community Service Award for its extensive
 involvement in the communities where it operates.  The award was given to
 Williams primarily because of its 2000 Riding the Line fund-raiser, which
 raised more than $16 million for United Way.  The uniqueness and scope of the
 project were among the deciding factors in honoring Williams.
     According to Larry Everett, president of Southern Gas Association, "The
 Riding the Line project exemplifies the type of community support and
 involvement that the award is intended to recognize."
     Gary Lauderdale, senior vice president and general manager of Williams'
 Transco pipeline, accepted the award on behalf of Williams.  "It is truly an
 honor to receive this award from the SGA.  It is a tribute not only to
 Williams, but to its employees who also support the communities in which they
 work and live," he said.
     Approximately 80 riders participated in the Williams 2000 Riding the Line
 fund-raiser.  The eight teams rode relay style, crossing 10 states while
 raising funds for United Way agencies along Williams' Transco pipeline system.
 The event was the nation's largest bicycling fund-raiser as well as the
 largest fund-raiser in United Way's 110-year history.
     This year Williams will sponsor the "One National Pipeline Ride" featuring
 five simultaneous rides with approximately 200 employee participants.  The
 riders will travel coast-to-coast raising money for the United Way and
 increasing awareness of the organization's outreach activities.
 
     About Williams
     Williams, through its subsidiaries, connects businesses to energy,
 delivering innovative, reliable products and services.  Williams information
 is available at www.williams.com.
 
     About Southern Gas Association
     Southern Gas Association is a leading trade association for the natural
 gas industry.  Southern Gas Association links people, ideas and information in
 providing services and support activities which improve individual and
 corporate performance in the transmission, distribution and marketing of
 natural gas service to all customers served by member companies.  A leading
 natural gas industry association for over 90 years, SGA's broad-based
 membership includes more than 130 distribution, transmission and gas supply
 marketing companies serving millions of customers from coast to coast and
 border to border.
 
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    TULSA, Okla., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Williams'
 (NYSE:   WMB) gas pipeline unit was honored today with the Southern Gas
 Association's Community Service Award for 2001 at the association's annual
 Management Conference in Charleston, S.C.  The award is given to the SGA
 member company with the most outstanding community outreach program.
     Williams received the 2001 SGA Community Service Award for its extensive
 involvement in the communities where it operates.  The award was given to
 Williams primarily because of its 2000 Riding the Line fund-raiser, which
 raised more than $16 million for United Way.  The uniqueness and scope of the
 project were among the deciding factors in honoring Williams.
     According to Larry Everett, president of Southern Gas Association, "The
 Riding the Line project exemplifies the type of community support and
 involvement that the award is intended to recognize."
     Gary Lauderdale, senior vice president and general manager of Williams'
 Transco pipeline, accepted the award on behalf of Williams.  "It is truly an
 honor to receive this award from the SGA.  It is a tribute not only to
 Williams, but to its employees who also support the communities in which they
 work and live," he said.
     Approximately 80 riders participated in the Williams 2000 Riding the Line
 fund-raiser.  The eight teams rode relay style, crossing 10 states while
 raising funds for United Way agencies along Williams' Transco pipeline system.
 The event was the nation's largest bicycling fund-raiser as well as the
 largest fund-raiser in United Way's 110-year history.
     This year Williams will sponsor the "One National Pipeline Ride" featuring
 five simultaneous rides with approximately 200 employee participants.  The
 riders will travel coast-to-coast raising money for the United Way and
 increasing awareness of the organization's outreach activities.
 
     About Williams
     Williams, through its subsidiaries, connects businesses to energy,
 delivering innovative, reliable products and services.  Williams information
 is available at www.williams.com.
 
     About Southern Gas Association
     Southern Gas Association is a leading trade association for the natural
 gas industry.  Southern Gas Association links people, ideas and information in
 providing services and support activities which improve individual and
 corporate performance in the transmission, distribution and marketing of
 natural gas service to all customers served by member companies.  A leading
 natural gas industry association for over 90 years, SGA's broad-based
 membership includes more than 130 distribution, transmission and gas supply
 marketing companies serving millions of customers from coast to coast and
 border to border.
 
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