February 21, 2006

NiSource names Glen Kettering to senior Corporate Affairs role

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) has named Glen L. Kettering to the new role of senior vice president of Corporate Affairs, effective March 1. Kettering, currently president, Pipelines, will assume leadership of the corporation's Investor Relations, Communications and Federal Government Affairs functions.

"In this new role, Glen, who will report directly to me, will spearhead our efforts to enhance clarity, consistency and internal and external transparency in all our stakeholder communications," Skaggs said. "In particular, Glen's strong leadership experience and knowledge of our industry will be invaluable in helping provide a comprehensive view of NiSource's growth platform for the investment community and other key audiences."

Kettering's new position replaces two existing executive positions held by Barbara S. McKay, vice president, Communications, who has accepted a new position outside the company; and Dennis E. Senchak, vice president of Investor Relations, assistant treasurer and assistant secretary, who is retiring. The consolidation of the two previous roles is part of a corporate streamlining effort that began last year as a component of one of NiSource's key initiatives, process and cost management.

Kettering joined NiSource's natural gas pipeline and storage subsidiary Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. in 1979 as an attorney. He progressed through a variety of professional and leadership roles in Legal, Rates, Regulatory Affairs and Marketing before becoming president of Columbia Gas Transmission and Columbia Gulf Transmission Co. in 2000.

About NiSource

NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), based in Merrillville, Ind., is a Fortune 500 company engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution. NiSource operating companies deliver energy to 3.8 million customers located within the high demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. Information about NiSource and its subsidiaries is available via the Internet at http://www.nisource.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of NiSource and its management. Although NiSource believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its goals will be achieved. Readers are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this presentation are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and that actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: weather; fluctuations in supply and demand for energy commodities; growth opportunities for NiSource's businesses; increased competition in deregulated energy markets; the success of regulatory and commercial initiatives; dealings with third parties over whom NiSource has no control; the effectiveness of NiSource's outsourcing initiative; actual operating experience of NiSource assets; the regulatory process; regulatory and legislative changes; changes in general economic, capital and commodity market conditions; and counter-party credit risk.

Kris Falzone
Vice President, Corporate Communications
(219) 647-5581

Carol Churchill
Director, Corporate Communications
(888) 696-0481

Randy Hulen
Director, Investor Relations
(219) 647-5688

Rae Kozlowski
Manager, Investor Relations
(219) 647-6083

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