News Release
June 19, 1998

MARITIMES & NORTHEAST PIPELINE, L.L.C. RECEIVES FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR PHASE II

BOSTON -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the remainder of Phase II of the natural gas pipeline proposed by Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C. This portion of the project includes approximately 200 miles of 24-inch and 30-inch mainline pipeline traversing southern, central and eastern Maine from Westbrook to Baileyville as well as 147 miles of proposed laterals and spurs to serve Maine industrials and electric generators.

"FERC’s issuance of the FEIS represents another major milestone in enabling Maritimes & Northeast to meet its in-service date of November 1999, and it clears the way for final certification of the Maritimes pipeline system," said George Mazanec, chairman of the Management Committee of Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C.

A Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Phase II had been issued by FERC onJanuary 30, 1998 with public comments taken on the draft this past winter and earlyspring. Maritimes & Northeast had also received its preliminary determination on non-environmental matters to build, own and operate Phase II from FERC on September 24, 1997.

The FEIS issued by FERC studies the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of this portion of the proposed project. FERC staff concluded in the FEIS "that approval of the proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures as proposed and recommended, would have limited adverse environmental impact."

"Following a thorough evaluation of the proposed route that included extensive discussions with environmental agencies and organizations, state and local officials and landowners, FERC staff has developed a comprehensive study balancing environmental issues with energy needs," stated Tom O’Connor, president of M&N Management Company, managing member of Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C. "We appreciate the input we have received from all interested parties and look forward to implementing this project in an environmentally responsible manner."

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP), Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are also reviewing applications submitted by Maritimes & Northeast. Public hearings on the BEP and LURC applications are expected to be held this summer.

Canada’s National Energy Board approved applications from the Sable Offshore EnergyProject and the Canadian portion of the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline Project in December 1997. Drilling in the Sable fields began in early June.

The Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline partners are Duke Energy Corporation (37.5%), Westcoast Energy Inc. (37.5%) and Mobil Corporation (25%). Duke Energy, through its affiliates, is responsible for the overall development of the $1 billion, 800-mile Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline and directly responsible for the U.S. portion of the project. Westcoast Energy Inc., a major energy company located in Vancouver, British Columbia, is responsible for the development of the Canadian pipeline portion of the project. Contact Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline on the World Wide Web at http://www.mnp-usa.com.

Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) is a global energy company with more than $24 billion in assets. Duke Energy companies provide electric service to approximately 2 million customers; operate pipelines that deliver 12 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States; and are leading marketers of electricity, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Globally the companies develop, own and operate energy facilities and provide engineering, management, operating and environmental services. Contact Duke Energy on the World Wide Web at http://www.duke-energy.com.

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