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Pioneer Announces Executive Appointment

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 6, 2005--Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) today announced that Dennis R. Carlton has joined the Company as Vice President, Exploration for the Company's Western Division. Mr. Carlton served as Executive Vice President, Exploration and Chief Operating Officer for Evergreen Resources, Inc., a NYSE listed company involved in the exploration and development of unconventional resources. Since Pioneer's September 2004 merger with Evergreen, Mr. Carlton has been an advisor to the Company's Western Division. Prior to joining Evergreen in 1981, Mr. Carlton held various positions as an Exploration Geologist with Hamon Oil and Gas and Mobil Oil Corporation. Mr. Carlton received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Wichita State University.

"We are pleased to officially welcome Dennis to the Pioneer team," said Scott Sheffield, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer. "Dennis's deep knowledge of unconventional resource geology and technology was instrumental in Evergreen's successful development of the Raton coalbed methane field in Colorado. He will play a key role in spearheading Pioneer's initiatives to grow the Company's attractive unconventional and tight gas business in the Rockies and elsewhere."

Pioneer is a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Argentina, Canada and Africa. Pioneer's headquarters are in Dallas. For more information, visit Pioneer's website at www.pioneernrc.com.

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             Investors:
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             or
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             Susan Spratlen, 972-444-9001
    SOURCE: Pioneer Natural Resources Company

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