Terasen employees take part in Storm Drain Marking Program in honour of Earth

SURREY, BC, April 21 /CNW/ - Terasen employees are celebrating Earth Day 2010 with a reminder to protect fish-bearing waterways by participating in Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Storm Drain Marking Program.

During the week of April 19, 2010, Terasen employees in Burnaby, Courtenay, Kamloops, Prince George, Surrey, Vernon and Williams Lake will be marking storm drains with bright yellow fish. The yellow fish markings are made of roadline paint and serve as a reminder that storm drains on our roadways run directly into local streams. Any material that empties into a storm drain can affect fish and wildlife habitats.

"Our employees are great ambassadors for environmental responsibility, which we take very seriously," said Jan Marston, Vice President, Customer Care, Human Resources and Operations Governance. "Marking storm drains is just one way we can help preserve our environment, and what better time to do this than in celebration of Earth Day."

The Earth Day activities are part of Terasen's Environmental Community Outreach program (ECO), which initiates and manages environmental projects involving employees and local communities in the areas Terasen serves. Projects typically involve habitat restoration and reclamation or stream maintenance in areas located within Terasen service areas and rights of way. Photos of this year's Earth Day event, taken at the Surrey location, are available to media.

In previous ECO initiatives, employee efforts have included releasing Chinook salmon fry into the Serpentine River at the Tynehead Hatchery in Surrey, performing maintenance work at the hatchery facility, and salvage of Coho salmon and Cutthroat trout at Stoney Creek in Abbotsford.

Terasen Gas is mainly composed of the operations of Terasen Gas Inc. and Terasen Gas (Vancouver Island) Inc., both indirect wholly owned subsidiaries of Fortis Inc. Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada, serves approximately 2,100,000 gas and electric customers and has total assets exceeding $12 billion. Its regulated holdings include Terasen Gas and electric utilities in five Canadian provinces and three Caribbean countries. Fortis Inc. owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets across Canada and in Belize and upper New York State. It also owns hotels and commercial real estate in Canada. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.


For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Kirsten Walker, Corporate Communications Manager, Phone: (604) 592-7507, Email: kirsten.walker@terasengas.com, Follow us at: www.twitter.com/terasengas

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