EPL Names Steve Longon as Senior VP of Drilling & Engineering

Energy Partners reports that Steve Longon has joined EPL as Senior Vice President - Drilling and Engineering. In addition to setting strategy and direction for the Company as a member of senior management, Mr. Longon will oversee all aspects of the Company's drilling and engineering functions and will report to Phillip A. Gobe, EPL's President and Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Longon was most recently with Dominion Exploration & Production, Inc. ("Dominion") in its New Orleans office serving as General Manager of Production and Operations, with responsibility for their operations on the Shelf, in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and onshore South Louisiana. During his earlier years with Dominion, he played a key role in the integration and management of substantial resource assets in the Arklatex area, South Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast. Prior to his position with Dominion, Mr. Longon had served as manager in a variety of GOM operational roles for Vastar Resources. From 1979 to 1993, Mr. Longon worked for ARCO in positions of increasing responsibility, primarily in the GOM and onshore Texas and south Louisiana. Mr. Longon is a Summa Cum Laude graduate with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Richard A. Bachmann, EPL's Chairman and CEO, remarked, "We are both excited and fortunate to bring Steve into our senior management team, and we anticipate that his extensive experience in the GOM both on the Shelf and in deepwater, across a number of functions and roles, will be a great asset to the Company. Steve's proven leadership skills are a welcome addition that will enhance the execution of our business strategy. Additionally, he poses a versatile skill set through his extensive knowledge of resource plays, adding considerable depth to our management team."

Founded in 1998, EPL is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Company's operations are focused along the U.S. Gulf Coast, both onshore in south Louisiana and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.