$100,000 Centennial Gift to the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority

CHATHAM, ON, June 20, 2011 /CNW/ - Union Gas is celebrating 100 years of providing safe, reliable and affordable service to customers and communities across Ontario. To mark its Centennial, Spectra Energy, the parent company of Union Gas, is awarding a $100,000 Signature Grant to the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA), to fund new biodiversity education, conservation and restoration programs and an expanded community trees initiative.

Collectively, these programs will raise awareness of the benefits of variety in the natural ecosystem, provide cleaner air and water, reduce soil erosion and add green space within ten member municipalities served by the LTVCA, including Chatham-Kent, West Elgin and Southwold.

Bill Esrey, Chairman of the Spectra Energy Board of Directors, presented the cheque to Brian King, Chair of the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, at a Centennial Reception held today at the Chatham Armoury Banquet Conference Centre. Greg Ebel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectra Energy, Julie Dill, President of Union Gas, members of the Spectra Energy Board of Directors, Union Gas employees, retirees, government officials, community leaders and other community partners joined in the celebration.

"It is indeed a privilege to be part of a company that has served communities like Chatham-Kent for 100 years," said Esrey.  "Stewardship and win-win relationships are central to our business culture and operations. We are pleased to recognize this occasion by investing in an organization whose programs so closely align with our company values and that will improve the quality of life in the communities where we work and live."

"One hundred years is a momentous milestone," added Ebel. "And it also affirms our long-term commitment to be the partner of choice for communities across North America."

"Our success as one of North America's premier natural gas storage, transmission and distribution companies is shared with the communities we serve," added Dill. "We're proud of our 100-year history with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and we look forward to continuing this strong partnership as we strive to be the partner of choice in this and all the communities we serve."

"Union Gas has been a positive corporate citizen in this community for 100 years and I want to congratulate them on this remarkable milestone," said King. "And on the occasion of our 50th anniversary, we couldn't be more excited that Union Gas is supporting the delivery of important environmental programs in this and all the municipalities covered by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority."

Union Gas, a Spectra Energy company, was founded in 1911 through the amalgamation of three southern Ontario local gas distribution companies. Over the past 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than 400 Ontario communities, including the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses in Chatham-Kent, Union Gas has contributed to the region through significant economic investments, hundreds of jobs, millions in municipal taxes, thousands of volunteer hours for community organizations, major charitable giving, sponsorships and energy efficiency programs, Today, Union Gas, selected as one of Canada's Top 100 employers in 2011, is the second largest natural gas utility in Canada serving 1.3 million customers across Ontario.

About Union Gas

Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with assets of $5.6 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.

SOURCE Union Gas Limited

For further information:

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


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