Union Gas Celebrates centennial by re-greening London

$10,000 gift to Trees Ontario means over 3,300 new trees for the local community

LONDON, ON, June 1, 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, the company is awarding a $10,000 grant to the Trees Ontario Foundation, to plant 3,333 trees in the London and Sarnia areas. This grant is one of ten Centennial Signature Grants that the company will award to community organizations across Ontario in 2011.

Julie Dill, President of Union Gas, and Shawn Khoshaien, District Manager for London/Sarnia, presented a cheque to Emily Moore-Edwards, Senior Development Officer at Trees Ontario Foundation, at an open house held today at the company's office on Commissioners Road in London.  Union Gas employees, retirees, government officials, industry partners and other members of the public joined in the celebration, which also included a ceremonial tree planting.

"A passionate commitment to stewardship, safety and win-win relationships are all central to our business culture and operations," said Dill. "Our success as one of North America's premier natural gas storage, transmission and distribution companies is shared with the communities we serve and we can't think of a better way to mark this occasion than by giving back to a community program that so closely aligns with these business values."

"We're proud of our 90 year history with London," added Khoshaien. "And we look forward to continuing this strong partnership as we strive to be the partner of choice in this and all 400 communities we serve."

"Trees Ontario, working with its partners, is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through scientifically-based tree planting efforts and forestry practices," explained Moore-Edwards. Trees enhance the health of our communities by purifying our air, filtering our water and offsetting carbon emissions. We are grateful for the support of Union Gas in helping us to achieve our goal of planting three million trees in 2011."

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 over 400 Ontario communities, including London and the surrounding area. The company has been providing not only natural gas delivery services to homes and businesses in London, but also economic investment, jobs, energy efficiency programs, volunteer involvement and charitable giving. 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.

Leading up to the company's 100th anniversary on Dec. 19, an exciting year-long centennial celebration is rolling out across the province, bringing together employees, retirees and communities across Ontario. Visit uniongas.com/centennial for additional information.

About Union Gas

Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with nearly 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves 1.3 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas's growing storage and transmission business offers premium storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America.  It offers customers an important link in the movement of natural gas from Western Canadian and U.S. supply basins to markets in central Canada and the northeast U.S. Union Gas, one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2011, is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5 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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