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Cabot Oil & Gas Announces Natural Gas Hedges
Jan 4, 2001

HOUSTON, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG) today announced that the Company has initiated hedges covering 97,000 Mmbtu per day of its natural gas production for the period from February 2001 through October 2001. All these hedges were in the form of "costless collars" with a weighted average floor price of $5.15 per Mmbtu and a ceiling price of $8.92 per Mmbtu. This translates into a floor price of $5.50 per Mcf and a ceiling price of $9.55 per Mcf.

These new hedges cover approximately 51% of the anticipated 2001 natural gas production for this nine month period. After taking into account all open hedges, the Company estimates that 45% of its natural gas production during this same period remains subject to market pricing. The following table summarizes by operating area the volumes and weighted average contract prices of the new hedges for the nine month period:

    Location                        Mmbtu/Day         Floor        Ceiling

    Appalachia                       35,000           $5.43         $9.09
    Mid-Continent                    25,000            5.00          8.57
    Gulf Coast                       37,000            5.00          9.00
      Total                          97,000           $5.15         $8.92

"We continue to be encouraged by the fundamentals of the natural gas market," commented Ray Seegmiller, Chairman and Chief Executive officer. "While we believe there is a sustained strengthening in natural gas prices, this environment of extremely high prices, combined with the daily volatility in the futures market, creates the opportunity and need for some price protection. We will continue to evaluate the merits of adding to this position; however, we have no plans at this time to hedge beyond October of 2001." Seegmiller added, "This action will allow the Company to realize a minimum price (related to the new hedged volumes) that is more than $1.00 per Mcf higher than the original 2001 budget for this same nine month period."

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a leading domestic independent natural gas producer and marketer with substantial interests in the onshore Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, Rocky Mountains, Appalachia and Mid-Continent. For additional information, visit the Company's Internet homepage at

The statements regarding future financial performance and results and the other statements which are not historical facts contained in this release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, market factors, the market price (including regional basis differentials) of natural gas and oil, results of future drilling and marketing activity, future production and costs and other factors detailed in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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