ATCO Gas Employee Recognized as Leader in Industry Safety

    EDMONTON, April 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Gas Association recognized
Terry Emslie, one of the Damage Prevention Coordinators at ATCO Gas, for his
important contributions to improving employee and public safety.
    The annual Safety Leadership Award recognizes individuals who make
significant contributions to employee or public safety relating to the natural
gas distribution industry in Canada. The award was presented at the annual
Canadian Gas Association Operations Conference.
    "Terry has a proven track record of working diligently and proactively to
encourage the general public and all stakeholders in the excavation and
construction community to dig safely, said Brian Hahn, President of ATCO Gas.
"His passion, personable style and non-confrontational approach have been key
factors in the improvement of employee and public safety in Edmonton over the
past four years."
    Natural gas pipelines are built and operated to achieve the highest level
of public and worker safety. Pipelines are buried below ground to provide a
reliable energy delivery system well protected from vehicle traffic, damaging
weather, and vandalism. Natural gas transmission and distribution companies in
Canada conduct education and awareness campaigns to encourage the public to
"Call Before You Dig" to locate natural gas pipelines. This helps protect
against accidental damage to natural gas infrastructure.
    "I am extremely pleased to present Terry with this award on behalf of
Canada's natural gas distribution industry," said Tweedie. "Through his
commitment to communicate, educate, and be in the field with homeowners and
stakeholders such as Alberta Workplace Health and Safety, Edmonton Regional
Home Builders Association, locators, and excavators he has promoted safe
digging practices, raised awareness of excavation compliance issues, and
encouraged other companies to develop credible safety programs".
    An evaluation committee representing gas distribution companies across
Canada reviewed a total of four applications based on a set of pre-determined
criteria including applicability across the industry, effectiveness of
strengthening employee or public safety, and the measureable results.
    A second award, the Corporate Safety Award, was presented to Pacific
Northern Gas (PNG), a gas distribution company in British Columbia.

For further information:

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

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