Seneca Resources Named Operator of the Year by California’s Bureau of Land Management

  Seneca Resources Named Operator of the Year by California’s Bureau of Land

 Focus on environmental best practices and responsible development is honored

Business Wire

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- October 22, 2012

Seneca Resources Corporation (“Seneca”), the wholly owned exploration and
production subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE: NFG) (“National
Fuel” or the “Company”), was recognized as the Bureau of Land Management’s
(“BLM”) 2012 California Operator of the Year at the 2012 Oil and Gas
Conference in Bakersfield, Calif., last week.

This award honors a California operator that utilizes best management
practices which help achieve safe and environmentally responsible resource
development. The acknowledgement is also based on overall lease operation and
lease compliance.

“This award not only highlights our ongoing operations in the Sespe, Calif.,
Oilfield, but also recognizes the efforts of our team to minimize the impact
to the environment,” said Brad Elliott, Vice President of Seneca’s West
Division. “Our team has done a remarkable job to reduce the footprint of our
surface facilities in Sespe.”

Over the past three years, Seneca has adopted technology and other best
practices to reduce its tank farms and pipelines in the field. Seneca has also
adopted measures to provide a safer nesting environment for California condors
and a restoration program designed to help equipment better blend into the
surrounding environment.

“National Fuel and Seneca Resources have a personal stake in the communities
where we operate,” said David F. Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
of National Fuel Gas Company. “This is why we employ environmental best
practices in our drilling programs and operations; why we apply the highest
ethical standards to all of our activities and consistently take the long view
in our business decisions.”

In presenting the award to Seneca, BLM California State Director Jim Kenna
said, “You have worked diligently to replace old flowlines that have reduced
both your footprint and the risk of oil spills. We truly appreciate the
exceptional work of your staff in making your operation both efficient and
environmentally friendly. Thanks to your efforts, we are demonstrating that
oil and gas development can be done responsibly, using the most current best
management practices to reduce your impact to natural resources.”

Seneca Resources has provided California energy and California jobs for more
than 25 years. Its area of operation includes 11,833 net acres, 1,322 net
wells and production of 9,300 barrels of oil equivalent per day, making Seneca
the seventh largest producer in the state.

The BLM manages 15.2 million acres of surface and 47 million acres of mineral
estate in California. Every day more than 500,000 barrels of oil are produced
in California. As a state, California is the fifth largest oil producer; only
Alaska, Texas, North Dakota and Louisiana produce more. Considering BLM
administered leases nationwide, California BLM is the fourth largest producer.

National Fuel is an integrated energy company with $5.8 billion in assets
comprised of the following four operating segments: Exploration and
Production, Pipeline and Storage, Utility, and Energy Marketing. Additional
information about National Fuel is available at or
through its investor information service at 1-800-334-2188.


National Fuel Gas Company
Karen L. Merkel, 716-857-7654
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