News Release
Oct. 14, 1998

MARITIMES & NORTHEAST PIPELINE RECEIVES APPROVAL FROM MAINE BOARD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Boston X Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C. (Maritimes) today received approval from the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) to construct Phase II of the project. Phase II includes approximately 200 miles of 24-inch and 30-inch diameter mainline pipeline traversing southern, central and eastern Maine from Westbrook to Baileyville as well as approximately 120 miles of proposed laterals and spurs to serve Maine industrials and electric generators.

BEP approval of Maritimes’ application grants permission to construct under Maine’s Site Location of Development and Natural Resource Protection Acts, as well as under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act. In the order approving construction, the BEP concluded that Maritimes could be built with certain conditions to ensure limited adverse environmental impacts.

"Maritimes is very pleased to receive timely approval from the Maine BEP. This order will allow us to begin selected construction activities this fall and remain on schedule to meet our in-service date of November 1999," said George Mazanec, chairman of the Management Committee of Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C.

When fully operational, Maritimes and its Canadian affiliate will transport more than 530,000 MMBtu/day of natural gas from the Sable Offshore Energy Project, a new natural gas supply basin located off the coast of Nova Scotia, to markets in Atlantic Canada and the NortheasternUnited States. Phase II of the Maritimes project recently received a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The BEP conducted public hearings in July and August to receive input from intervenors, state and local officials and interested citizens. A draft order was issued by Department of Environmental Protection staff last month for comments by the parties to the proceeding.

"We appreciate the extensive review conducted by the Maine BEP. The decision was based on a great deal of information provided by the company, citizens participating in the process and state and federal resource agencies," said Tom O’Connor, president of M & N Management Company, managing member of Maritimes.

Maritimes & Northeast is owned by affiliates of 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, Maritimes & Northeast Project 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 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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