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June 1, 2005 - TransGas Environmental Project Provides Legacy For Wascana Centre


June 1, 2005

TransGas Environmental Project Provides Legacy For Wascana Centre

Today, TransGas, SaskEnergy's pipeline transmission subsidiary, showcased its continued commitment to protecting the environment with a legacy project in Regina's Wascana Centre.

Volunteers from TransGas, SaskEnergy, and Wascana Centre Authority planted more than 500 trees on Wascana Lake's Spruce Island. The island, expanded during the lake deepening project in 2004, will be adorned with a variety of trees from the TransGas tree nursery located at the company's Regina Natural Gas Storage Caverns. A further 300 trees from the nursery will be planted on the newly created Pine Island in July, prior to the start of the Jeux du Canada Games.

"This project was developed by TransGas, not only to provide a lasting legacy to all who enjoy Wascana Centre every year, but also to honour the memory of one very special TransGas employee who passed away last fall," Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy and TransGas Harry Van Mulligen said. "Gerald Oxby had a dream of developing a tree nursery, which has since provided trees to TransGas and SaskEnergy facilities across Saskatchewan. Today, we pay tribute to that vision, and celebrate our province's environmental spirit and volunteerism."

The donated trees come from a nursery that was founded by Gerald Oxby, a long-time TransGas employee. In 1994 Gerald developed a tree nursery at the TransGas Regina Storage Caverns to ensure that TransGas would be able to leave a site better than it had found it. Over 38,000 trees have been planted by the TransGas volunteers on TransGas and SaskEnergy sites such as: Asquith, Coleville, Loreburn, Moosomin, Melville, Regina, Saskatoon and Success.

"The TransGas Legacy Project helps Wascana go beyond the conservation of the environment, towards the development of an environmental legacy," says Van Isman, Executive Director of Wascana Centre Authority. "It is a natural sanctuary that will be cherished by both wildlife and people for years to come."

Volunteers will also be helping to clean up the island by removing over-growth and weeds to improve hiking trails. In addition, the Regina Canoe and Kayak Association will offer the public an opportunity to rent canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats to visit the island throughout the summer. Proceeds from the rentals will go toward helping local athletes meet the financial demands of competition at the national level.

For more information, please contact:

Dave Burdeniuk
Manager, Communications
TransGas/SaskEnergy
Phone: 306.777.9842/306.535.6569 (cell)
dburdeniuk@saskenergy.com
      S.P. (Van) Isman
Executive Director
Wascana Centre Authority
Phone: 306.347.1828
visman@wascana.sk.sa