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JAMES P. HEFFERNAN ELECTED TO COLUMBIA GAS SYSTEM BOARD

 WILMINGTON, Del., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- James P. Heffernan, managing director and chief executive officer of New York-based Whitman Heffernan Rhein & Company, an investment and merchant banking firm, has been elected to the Board of Directors of The Columbia Gas System, Inc., (NYSE: CG).
 His election increases the membership of the Columbia Board to 15 and follows the recent announcement by Columbia Chairman and CEO John H. Croom at the company's shareholders' meeting that the company was proceeding to identify and recruit candidates for directorship.
 Croom said he is "pleased that Mr. Heffernan has agreed to become a member of Columbia's Board. His knowledge and business experience will be of great value to the company."
 Heffernan, 47, is also a principal of the general partner of Whitman Heffernan Rhein Workout Funds, and an officer and director of Danielson Holding Corporation and Herman's Holdings Inc., and its subsidiary, Herman's Sporting Goods, Inc.
 He received a bachelor's degree from LeMoyne College of Syracuse, N.Y., and a law degree from Fordham University Law School.
 The Columbia Gas System, Inc. is one of the nation's largest natural gas systems. Subsidiary companies are engaged in the exploration, production, purchase, storage, transmission and distribution of natural gas and other energy operations such as cogeneration. The Columbia Gas System, Inc., and its principal pipeline subsidiary, Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., have been operating as debtors-in-possession under Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code since July 31, 1991.
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