Union Gas helps with trail improvements in Sudbury

$2,500 grant to the Nickel District Conservation Authority's "community jewel"

SUDBURY, ON, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Union Gas is helping trail users in Greater Sudbury courtesy of a $2,500 grant awarded today.  The grant will assist the Nickel District Conservation Authority with planned major trail improvements in the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.

Don Beauchamp, Union Gas district manager for Northeast Ontario, presented the cheque to Lin Gibson, Chairperson of the Nickel District Conservation Authority at the Lake Laurentian Nature Chalet, in Sudbury. Others in attendance included members of the 'Friends' of Lake Laurentian, Paul Sajatovic, general manager of the Nickel District Conservation Authority, Union Gas and Conservation Authority staff members.

"At Union Gas, we believe in investing today to ensure a bright tomorrow," said Beauchamp. "That means being environmental stewards and supporting important ecological programs in the communities we serve. We are very pleased to continue to help the Nickel District Conservation Authority make this community an even better place to live and work."

The Lake Laurentian Conservation Area is a 2,415 acre green space located ten minutes from downtown. The Conservation Area provides four-season outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, running, walking, nature photography, environmental education, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. There are also numerous scenic lookouts, lakes, wetlands as well as a bird watching blind.

"We want to sincerely thank Union Gas for this very generous donation," said Gibson. "Last year we received an amazing donation from Union Gas for our tree planting campaign and this year we are again pleased to receive support from Union Gas. The improvements along the trail will greatly improve the user experience and will help protect our natural environment."

Over the past 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than 400 Ontario communities. In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses, Union Gas has contributed to the province through significant economic investments, hundreds of jobs, millions in municipal taxes, energy efficiency programs, thousands of volunteer hours for community organizations, major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed $3 million to charitable organizations across Ontario, including more than $900,000 to United Way. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

About Nickel District Conservation Authority
The Nickel District Conservation Authority in collaboration with partners, stakeholders and citizen, leads the conservation, management and restoration of watersheds in Greater Sudbury. The N.D.C.A.'s Vision is 'People working together to protect our watersheds.' For more information visit www.nickeldistrict.ca

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas, named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2012, is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.

SOURCE: Union Gas Limited

For further information:

Union Gas Limited 
Andrea Stass
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5490
Cell: 519 365-1010
Fax: 519 436-4621
astass@uniongas.com

Nickel District Conservation Authority
Paul Sajatovic
General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer
Ph: 705-674-5249 ext. 203
paul.sajatovic@sudbury.ca


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