Natural gas key to BC's sustainable energy future says province in Speech from the Throne and budget

    VICTORIA, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Gas Association, Terasen
Inc., and Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. commended the BC government for
recognizing the role of natural gas in the province's sustainable energy
future in the Speech from the Throne and recent budget.
    "As said in the Speech from the Throne natural gas is a clean burning
source of energy," said Mike Cleland, CGA President and CEO, "British
Columbians benefit both as important producers of natural gas and as customers
of a reliable, affordable, secure, efficient, and clean source of energy.
    A 2008 policy paper "A Vision for British Columbia's Energy Future: Smart
Gas Strategies" produced by CGA outlined how, through smart gas strategies,
natural gas and the natural gas distribution industry will help communities
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move to a more efficient and sustainable
energy future. The tax exemptions for consumer energy efficiency efforts and
fuel-efficient commercial truck technology support important opportunities
that were outlined in the policy paper.
    "The direction taken is a good start towards supporting a three part
strategy to help meet the province's energy needs and support environmental
objectives," said Randy Jespersen, President and CEO of Terasen Inc. "A smart
gas strategy means more efficient use of energy, investment in alternative
energy delivery technologies, and more integrated community energy systems.
Investor owned natural gas utilities have the financial capability and the
expertise to make this happen," continued Jespersen.
    We also commend the support offered for the strategic development of
shale and tight gas resources in the Northeast, and acknowledgement of the
potential offered by the Bowser Basin, Nechako Basin, offshore reserves, and
shipping clean, liquid natural gas to Asia to reduce its growing dependency on
coal power and dramatically cut greenhouse gases. The National Energy Board
estimates that by 2010 production in BC will increase 66% to 5.5 billion cubic
feet per day due in part to the large deposits of shale gas and tight gas in
the province.
    "Natural gas production in BC is an important source of rural jobs and
investment in the province," said Roy Dyce, President and CEO, Pacific
Northern Gas Ltd. "By reaching out to Asian natural gas customers, BC
producers can diversify their markets and improve the financial return to the
people of BC."

    The Canadian Gas Association is the voice of Canada's natural gas
delivery industry. CGA members are gas distribution companies, transmission
companies, related equipment manufacturers, and other service providers
involved in the delivery of natural gas in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Paula Dunlop, Director, Communications,
Canadian Gas Association, (613) 748-0057 x341, (613) 614-3281

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