Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. Recognized as a Corporate Leader in Industry Safety



    EDMONTON, April 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Gas Association has
recognized Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. for its important contributions and
efforts to improve employee safety and public safety.
    The Canadian gas industry has a long history of monitoring its safety
performance and the Canadian Gas Association Corporate Safety Award recognizes
those companies that achieve the best worker safety records. The award is
presented at the annual Canadian Gas Association Operations Conference.
    "I am extremely pleased to present Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. with this
award on behalf of Canada's natural gas distribution industry," said Jim
Tweedie, Director of Operations at the Canadian Gas Association. "The company
is clearly committed to continuously improving its record on employee safety".
    Natural gas pipelines are built and operated to achieve the highest level
of public and worker safety. Pipelines are buried approximately one metre
below ground to provide a reliable energy delivery system well protected from
vehicle traffic, damaging weather, and vandalism. Workers in the Canadian
industry are among the most skilled and safety-conscious natural gas workers
in the world. Extensive training is provided to ensure they are qualified to
build natural gas pipeline systems, to operate them and to respond to
emergencies.
    Data from all gas distribution companies across Canada is compiled and
reviewed to both determine the company with the best annual safety record, but
also to help in the identification and sharing of best practices.
    A second award, the Safety Leadership Award, was presented to Terry
Emslie, Damage Prevention Coordinator at ATCO Gas, for his important
individual contributions to improving employee and public safety.




For further information:

For further information: Paula Dunlop, Director, Communications,
Canadian Gas Association, (613) 748-0057 x341, (613) 614-3280


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