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WESTERN GAS RESOURCES, INC. ANNOUNCES PURCHASE OF CITIZENS NATIONAL GAS

 DENVER, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Gas Resources, Inc. (NYSE: WGR) has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the assets of Citizens National Gas Company of Boston, the companies announced today.
 Citizens National Gas Company is a joint venture between Citizens Gas Supply Corporation and National Fuel Resources, Inc. of Buffalo, N.Y. Citizens Gas Supply is owned by Citizens Corporation, a subsidiary of Citizens Energy Corporation. National Fuel Resources, Inc. is owned by National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE: MFG).
 The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, however, Western stated that they were not material from a financial reporting perspective.
 The transaction, expected to close within a month, uniquely positions Western by combining Western's strong asset base of 11,638 miles of gathering systems, 29 processing plants, and over 400,000 MMBtu/day of storage deliverability, with the well-developed East Coast marketing strength and Gulf Coast supplies of Citizens. Once completed, the acquisition will result in Western controlling and marketing over 1 Bcf/day of gas supply throughout the country supported by financial strength, gas supply and storage flexibility from Western's Katy Hub and Gas Storage Facility.
 Citizens has recently negotiated a one year extension and expansion of an agreement with Victoria Gas Corporation of Dallas, which will allow Western to purchase and market over 150,000 MMBtu/day of supply controlled by Victoria.
 Bill Sanderson, president and chief operating officer of Western said, "The purchase of Citizens National's gas marketing business will add Citizens' East Coast gas marketing strength to Western's overall marketing operations. With most of Western's present marketing activity concentrated in the regions west of the Mississippi River, it is anticipated that Citizens' gas marketing operations will enhance the potential of our Katy Hub and Storage facility." Western has been developing the Katy Hub and Gas Storage facility near Houston, which is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 1993. The Katy Hub will be connected with up to 13 major pipelines serving the Texas intra- state markets in addition to markets across the United States.
 William James, chairman of Citizens Corporation, said, "We are pleased that this sale to Western will build upon the success of our natural gas business under Order 636. Their substantial asset base is an important foundation for the marketing business we developed, and we see a range of future opportunities for our electric power marketing and energy conservation businesses to pursue with Western, whose new Boston office, located in our offices, will encourage such synergies."
 Michael Kennedy, chairman of Citizens Energy, said, "The important benefits our natural gas assistance programs have brought to so many needy persons over the past nine years will be preserved under this transaction, as Western will provide the operational service and support to Citizens Energy which was previously handled by Citizens Gas Supply."
 Philip Ackerman, senior vice president of National Fuel Gas Company, said, "Citizens National has been a major supplier of gas to much of the East Coast, including our own service territory. We are pleased that through this sale to Western the services previously provided by Citizens will be enhanced by Western's supplies, facilities and capabilities. With these additional capabilities, they should be an excellent gas buyer, and we expect that our own Gulf of Mexico production will be sold to them and become an additional supply source."
 Western owns and operates natural gas gathering and processing facilities and markets and transports natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The company is actively pursuing new investment opportunities through both acquisitions and new construction to expand its area of operations an related markets towards its goal of increasing stockholder value.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Wirth, investor relations of Western Gas Resources, Inc., 800-933-5603; Janet B. James or Jean Fleischman of Citizens National Gas Company, 617-338-6300; or Deborah K. Kullander, investor relations of National Fuel Gas Company, 716-857-7706/
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CO: Western Gas Resources, Inc.; Citizens National Gas Company ST: Colorado; Massachusetts IN: UTI OIL SU: TNM

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