El Paso Corp. subsidiaries and California parties file settlement to resolve claims relating to Western energy crisis



HOUSTON, June 5, 2003 -- El Paso Corp. has announced that its subsidiaries El Paso Natural Gas Company, El Paso Merchant Energy Company, and El Paso Merchant Energy - Gas, L.P., together with the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California, Southern California Edison Company, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and the City of Los Angeles, filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval of a Structural Settlement reached among them in complete resolution of Chief Judge Curtis Wagner's decisions of October 9, 2001 and September 23, 2002 relating to the energy crisis in the Western United States.

The Structural Settlement is one part of an overall settlement between El Paso Corporation and numerous public and private parties in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington to resolve claims that El Paso's actions caused the prices of natural gas and electricity to increase in the Western United States. The remaining portions of the settlement are in final stages of preparation. The company expects that all related documents will be approved by the parties and executed within the next two weeks.

"El Paso and the other parties have worked night and day to resolve their differences in these complicated proceedings, and the filing of the Structural Settlement is the first critical step to put these issues to rest so that El Paso and its stakeholders can move forward with certainty," said Ronald L. Kuehn, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of El Paso Corporation. "We hope that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will promptly review the settlement and approve it as being in the public interest."

El Paso Corporation is a provider of natural gas services and the largest pipeline company in North America. The company has core businesses in pipelines, production, and midstream services. Rich in assets, El Paso is committed to developing and delivering new energy supplies and to meeting the growing demand for new energy infrastructure. For more information, visit www.elpaso.com .


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