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Newfield Reports Offshore Blowout

HOUSTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX) announced today that at approximately 5:30 a.m. Sunday, September 12, the A-2 gas well blowout ignited at the Ship Shoal Block 354 (OCS-G 15312) production platform. Newfield is the operator of the platform which is located approximately 140 miles south of New Orleans, LA in 463 feet of water. The initial blowout occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, during a workover operation on the well.

Newfield is coordinating its well control efforts with the Minerals Management Service and Coast Guard Marine Safety Office (MSO) Morgan City and other regulatory authorities. MSO Morgan City personnel are conducting an overflight to assess the situation and Coast Guard Pollution Investigators are enroute to the Newfield Exploration Command Post in Houston, Texas.

There have been no injuries associated with the event. Fire fighting and oil spill containment equipment are on scene and pollution from the blowout has been minimal.

Newfield will provide updates as additional information becomes available.

Newfield explores, develops and acquires oil and gas properties principally in the Gulf of Mexico and has operating activities in the onshore Gulf Coast and offshore Australia and China.

Newfield Exploration Company For more information contact:

363 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. E., Ste. 2020 Terry W. Rathert

Houston, TX 77060 (281) 847-6000
SOURCE Newfield Exploration Company
Web site: http: //www.newfld.com
CONTACT: Terry W. Rathert of Newfield Exploration Company, 281-847-6000

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