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KNUDTSON ELECTED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT-EXPLORATION OF PLAINS PETROLEUM OPERATING COMPANY

 LAKEWOOD, Colo., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Plains Petroleum Company (NYSE: PLP) announced today that Lee G. Knudtson will join its wholly owned subsidiary, Plains Petroleum Operating Company, as senior vice president - exploration, effective Sept. 1, 1993.
 For the past 11 years Mr. Knudtson has served in a number of senior management positions with Houston-based Quintana Petroleum Corporation and its affiliates. Most recently, he served as the president of Quintana Exploration Corporation where he coordinated the company's domestic and international exploration programs. Prior to joining the Quintana organization in 1981, Mr. Knudtson worked for two major oil companies over a 20 year period.
 Mr. Knudtson is a 1962 graduated of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a degree in engineering. He also has earned a masters degree in geology from the University of Indiana in 1965 and a masters degree in business administration from St. Mary's College in 1981.
 Robert M. Danos, president of Plains Petroleum Operating Company, said, "We are pleased to have Mr. Knudtson with his breadth of management and exploration experience join our organization. He will be a key player in the further development and implementation of our exploration program."
 Plains produces, develops and explores for oil and gas in the mid- continent, Permian Basin, Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. The company is Colorado-based with additional offices in Midland, Texas; Lakin, Kan.; and Gillette, Wyo.
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 /CONTACT: Darrel Reed or Bob Danos of Plains Petroleum Company, 303-969-9325, or Jim Fingeroth or Tracey Stearns of Kekst and Company, 212-593-2655/
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