press release

Forest Oil announces initial production from South Marsh Island No. 105

The following news release was issued by Forest Oil

DENVER--July 17, 2002--Continuing a recent trend of successful news releases about the Gulf of Mexico, Forest Oil Corporation (Forest) (NYSE:FST) announced today initial production from its newly installed South Marsh Island ("SMI") No. 105 "A" Platform.

The A-1, A-2, and A-3 wells were brought on-line at a combined gross rate of 27 Mmcfe/d. Forest has a 50 percent working interest in the SMI 105 field. Unocal is the operator.

This news release contains certain statements that may be regarded as "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, that address activities that the Company plans, expects, believes, projects, estimates or anticipates will, should or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements provided in this press release are based on management's examination of historical operating trends and its current belief as to the outcome and timing of future events. Forest cautions that its future natural gas and liquids production, revenues and expenses and other forward-looking statements are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties normally incident to the exploration for and production and sale of oil and gas. These risks include, but are not limited to, price volatility, inflation or lack of availability of goods and services, environmental risks, drilling and other operating risks, regulatory changes, the uncertainty inherent in estimating future oil and gas production and reserves, and other risks as described in Forest's 2001 Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Also, the financial results of Forest's foreign operations are subject to currency exchange rate risks. Any of these factors could cause Forest's actual results and plans to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.

Forest Oil Corporation is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production and marketing of natural gas and crude oil in North America and selected international locations. Forest's principal reserves and producing properties are located in the United States in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, Texas and Alaska, and in Canada in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Forest's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FST. For more information about Forest, please visit our website at www.ForestOil.com.

Updated: July 2002