Houston Exploration Appoints New Public Accountant

The Board of Directors of Houston Exploration Company has appointed Deloitte & Touche LLP as independent public accountants for the Company effective January 1, 2002. Deloitte & Touche replaces Arthur Andersen LLP, who provided Houston Exploration with sixteen years of service. The Board of Director's has determined this to be in the best interest of the Houston Exploration shareholders. The appointment of Deloitte & Touche is subject to Houston Exploration shareholder ratification and approval at the Company's annual meeting on May 17, 2002.