Commentary on this conference call may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.  National Fuel Gas Company (the “Company”) is providing this cautionary statement to make applicable and take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Company.

Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding future prospects, plans, objectives, goals, projections, estimates of oil and gas quantities, strategies, future events or performance and underlying assumptions, capital structure, anticipated capital expenditures, completion of construction projects, projections for pension and other post-retirement benefit obligations, impacts of the adoption of new accounting rules, and possible outcomes of litigation or regulatory proceedings, as well as statements that are identified by the use of the words "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "forecasts," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "believes," "seeks," "will," "may" and similar expressions.  All forward-looking statements, whether written or oral and whether made by or on behalf of the Company, are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements. 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 are expressed in good faith and are believed by the Company to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that management's expectations, beliefs or projections will result or be achieved or accomplished.

In addition to other factors, the following are important factors that, in the view of the Company, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements:

  1. Changes in laws, regulations or judicial interpretations to which the Company is subject, including those involving derivatives, taxes, safety, employment, climate change, other environmental matters, real property, and exploration and production activities such as hydraulic fracturing;
  2. Delays or changes in costs or plans with respect to Company projects or related projects of other companies, including difficulties or delays in obtaining necessary governmental approvals, permits or orders or in obtaining the cooperation of interconnecting facility operators;
  3. Governmental/regulatory actions, initiatives and proceedings, including those involving rate cases (which address, among other things, target rates of return, rate design and retained natural gas), environmental/safety requirements, affiliate relationships, industry structure, and franchise renewal;
  4. Changes in the price of natural gas or oil;
  5. Impairments under the SEC’s full cost ceiling test for natural gas and oil reserves;
  6. Financial and economic conditions, including the availability of credit, and occurrences affecting the Company’s ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms for working capital, capital expenditures and other investments, including any downgrades in the Company’s credit ratings and changes in interest rates and other capital market conditions;
  7. Factors affecting the Company’s ability to successfully identify, drill for and produce economically viable natural gas and oil reserves, including among others geology, lease availability, title disputes, weather conditions, shortages, delays or unavailability of equipment and services required in drilling operations, insufficient gathering, processing and transportation capacity, the need to obtain governmental approvals and permits, and compliance with environmental laws and regulations;
  8. Increasing health care costs and the resulting effect on health insurance premiums and on the obligation to provide other post-retirement benefits; 
  9. Changes in price differentials between similar quantities of natural gas or oil at different geographic locations, and the effect of such changes on commodity production, revenues and demand for pipeline transportation capacity to or from such locations;
  10. Other changes in price differentials between similar quantities of natural gas or oil having different quality, heating value, hydrocarbon mix or delivery date;
  11. The cost and effects of legal and administrative claims against the Company or activist shareholder campaigns to effect changes at the Company;
  12. Uncertainty of oil and gas reserve estimates;
  13. Significant differences between the Company’s projected and actual production levels for natural gas or oil;
  14. Changes in demographic patterns and weather conditions;
  15. Changes in the availability, price or accounting treatment of derivative financial instruments;
  16. Changes in laws, actuarial assumptions, the interest rate environment and the return on plan/trust assets related to the Company’s pension and other post-retirement benefits, which can affect future funding obligations and costs and plan liabilities;
  17. Changes in economic conditions, including global, national or regional recessions, and their effect on the demand for, and customers’ ability to pay for, the Company’s products and services;
  18. The creditworthiness or performance of the Company’s key suppliers, customers and counterparties;
  19. The impact of information technology, cybersecurity or data security breaches;
  20. Economic disruptions or uninsured losses resulting from major accidents, fires, severe weather, natural disasters, terrorist activities or acts of war;
  21. Significant differences between the Company’s projected and actual capital expenditures and operating expenses; or
  22. Increasing costs of insurance, changes in coverage and the ability to obtain insurance.

Forward-looking statements include estimates of oil and gas quantities. Proved oil and gas reserves are those quantities of oil and gas which, by analysis of geoscience and engineering data, can be estimated with reasonable certainty to be economically producible under existing economic conditions, operating methods and government regulations. Other estimates of oil and gas quantities, including estimates of probable reserves, possible reserves, and resource potential, are by their nature more speculative than estimates of proved reserves. Accordingly, estimates other than proved reserves are subject to substantially greater risk of being actually realized.

Any forward-looking statements contained in this conference call speak only as of the date of this call. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this conference call.  Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 10-K and Forms 10-Q, available at www.investor.nationalfuelgas.com. You can also obtain these forms on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

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National Fuel Announces Changes in Project Schedule for Empire Connector Project

07/14/2006

WILLIAMVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 14, 2006--National Fuel Gas Company ("National Fuel" or "Company") (NYSE: NFG) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Empire State Pipeline ("Empire"), has revised the planned in-service date for the proposed Empire Connector natural gas pipeline to extend beyond November 1, 2007. Empire has aligned this project with the timing of other, related, pipeline expansion projects, all of which are now anticipating an in-service date beyond November 1, 2007 to November 1, 2008, or sooner if feasible.

In a letter recently submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC"), Empire, along with project sponsors of the related pipeline expansion projects, emphasized their request that the FERC issue their respective authorizations no later than November 1, 2006, given the applicants' need to secure multiple permits for construction, acquire line-pipe, compressors, related equipment and contractor construction services, and complete the requisite pre-construction activities.

"We successfully launched this important project in 2004 and it is making excellent progress, thanks primarily to the cooperation and assistance received from landowners along the proposed Empire Connector route and various permitting agencies," said Ronald Kraemer, Vice President of the Empire State Pipeline. "We will continue to work with landowners and stakeholders along the route as we move ahead with this project."* Construction of the pipeline could start as soon as late summer 2007 in an attempt to minimize impacts in certain areas of the pipeline route.*

National Fuel owns and operates the Empire State Pipeline, an existing 24-inch diameter natural gas transmission pipeline that originates at the United States-Canada border at the Chippawa Channel of the Niagara River and extends easterly 157 miles from Buffalo, N.Y. to near Syracuse, N.Y.

Developing the Empire Connector project involves constructing a pipeline southward from this existing line near Rochester, N.Y. to connect with the Millennium Pipeline near Corning, N.Y.* Empire will construct approximately 78 miles of 24-inch diameter pipeline and one compressor station that will produce 20,620 horsepower.*

The pipeline extension will be designed to move 250 million cubic feet (MMcf) of natural gas per day into the Millennium Pipeline and may provide customers on Empire with access to a number of underground storage facilities and local distribution companies' pipeline systems in New York state.* Empire's customers will also have access to abundant and diverse gas supplies at the Dawn hub through Empire's connection with the TransCanada PipeLine system at Chippawa.* The $144 million project is designed to help New York and the Northeast meet their increasing demand for energy.

"The energy industry and its customers continue to struggle with the negative consequences associated with imbalances in the marketplace that brings energy to consumers in the Northeast. Events last year and sustained high energy prices demonstrate the need for new pipeline capacity to diversify the options available for moving new gas supply to where it's consumed," Kraemer added.

KeySpan Energy Corp. (NYSE: KSE), the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast, has subscribed for 150 MMcf of natural gas transportation service per day on the Empire and Millennium Pipeline systems.* KeySpan, which serves more than 2.5 million gas customers in the Northeast, is also New York's largest investor-owned electric generator and operates the Long Island Power Authority electric system serving 1.1 million customers.

National Fuel is an integrated energy company with $3.9 billion in assets comprising the following five operating segments: Utility, Pipeline and Storage, Exploration and Production, Energy Marketing, and Timber. Additional information about National Fuel is available on its Web site, www.nationalfuelgas.com, or through its investor information service at 1-800-334-2188. For more information about the Empire Connector, visit the project's website at www.empireconnector.com.

Certain statements contained herein, including statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, projections, strategies and future events or performance, and statements which are designated with an asterisk ("*"), are "forward-looking statements" as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and 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 economic conditions, including economic disruptions caused by terrorist activities, acts of war or major accidents; changes in demographic patterns and weather conditions, including the occurrence of severe weather, such as hurricanes; changes in the availability and/or price of natural gas, oil and coal; inability to obtain new customers or retain existing ones; significant changes in competitive factors affecting the Company; governmental/regulatory actions, initiatives and proceedings, including those involving the Empire Connector project, acquisitions, financings, rate cases (which address, among other things, allowed rates of return, rate design and retained gas), affiliate relationships, industry structure, franchise renewal, and environmental/safety requirements; unanticipated impacts of restructuring initiatives in the natural gas and electric industries; significant changes from expectations in actual capital expenditures and operating expenses, and unanticipated project delays or changes in project costs or plans, including changes in the plans of the sponsors of the proposed Millennium Pipeline with respect to that project; the nature and projected profitability of pending and potential projects and other investments; occurrences affecting the Company's ability to obtain funds from operations, debt or equity to finance needed capital expenditures and other investments, including any downgrades in the Company's credit ratings; changes in the availability and/or price of derivative financial instruments; changes in the price of natural gas or oil; significant changes in tax rates or policies or in rates of inflation or interest; significant changes in the Company's relationship with its employees and contractors and the potential adverse effects if labor disputes, grievances or shortages were to occur; changes in laws and regulations to which the Company is subject, including tax, environmental, safety and employment laws and regulations; or the cost and effects of legal and administrative claims against the Company. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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Disclosure: Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

National Fuel Gas Company is including the following cautionary statement in this corporate website to make applicable and take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Company.

Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding future prospects, plans, objectives, goals, projections, estimates of oil and gas quantities, strategies, future events or performance and underlying assumptions, capital structure, anticipated capital expenditures, completion of construction projects, projections for pension and other post-retirement benefit obligations, impacts of the adoption of new accounting rules, and possible outcomes of litigation or regulatory proceedings, as well as statements that are identified by the use of the words "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "forecasts," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "believes," "seeks," "will," "may" and similar expressions. All forward-looking statements, whether written or oral and whether made by or on behalf of the Company, are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements. 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 are expressed in good faith and are believed by the Company to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that management's expectations, beliefs or projections will result or be achieved or accomplished.

In addition to other factors and matters discussed elsewhere in this website, the following are important factors that, in the view of the Company, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements:

  1. Changes in laws, regulations or judicial interpretations to which the Company is subject, including those involving derivatives, taxes, safety, employment, climate change, other environmental matters, real property, and exploration and production activities such as hydraulic fracturing;
  2. Delays or changes in costs or plans with respect to Company projects or related projects of other companies, including difficulties or delays in obtaining necessary governmental approvals, permits or orders or in obtaining the cooperation of interconnecting facility operators;
  3. Governmental/regulatory actions, initiatives and proceedings, including those involving rate cases (which address, among other things, target rates of return, rate design and retained natural gas), environmental/safety requirements, affiliate relationships, industry structure, and franchise renewal;
  4. Changes in the price of natural gas or oil;
  5. Impairments under the SEC’s full cost ceiling test for natural gas and oil reserves;
  6. Financial and economic conditions, including the availability of credit, and occurrences affecting the Company’s ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms for working capital, capital expenditures and other investments, including any downgrades in the Company’s credit ratings and changes in interest rates and other capital market conditions;
  7. Factors affecting the Company’s ability to successfully identify, drill for and produce economically viable natural gas and oil reserves, including among others geology, lease availability, title disputes, weather conditions, shortages, delays or unavailability of equipment and services required in drilling operations, insufficient gathering, processing and transportation capacity, the need to obtain governmental approvals and permits, and compliance with environmental laws and regulations;
  8. Increasing health care costs and the resulting effect on health insurance premiums and on the obligation to provide other post-retirement benefits; 
  9. Changes in price differentials between similar quantities of natural gas or oil at different geographic locations, and the effect of such changes on commodity production, revenues and demand for pipeline transportation capacity to or from such locations;
  10. Other changes in price differentials between similar quantities of natural gas or oil having different quality, heating value, hydrocarbon mix or delivery date;
  11. The cost and effects of legal and administrative claims against the Company or activist shareholder campaigns to effect changes at the Company;
  12. Uncertainty of oil and gas reserve estimates;
  13. Significant differences between the Company’s projected and actual production levels for natural gas or oil;
  14. Changes in demographic patterns and weather conditions;
  15. Changes in the availability, price or accounting treatment of derivative financial instruments;
  16. Changes in laws, actuarial assumptions, the interest rate environment and the return on plan/trust assets related to the Company’s pension and other post-retirement benefits, which can affect future funding obligations and costs and plan liabilities;
  17. Changes in economic conditions, including global, national or regional recessions, and their effect on the demand for, and customers’ ability to pay for, the Company’s products and services;
  18. The creditworthiness or performance of the Company’s key suppliers, customers and counterparties;
  19. The impact of information technology, cybersecurity or data security breaches;
  20. Economic disruptions or uninsured losses resulting from major accidents, fires, severe weather, natural disasters, terrorist activities or acts of war;
  21. Significant differences between the Company’s projected and actual capital expenditures and operating expenses; or
  22. Increasing costs of insurance, changes in coverage and the ability to obtain insurance.

The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date thereof.