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BRITISH COLUMBIA NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

 BRITISH COLUMBIA NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY CELEBRATES
 35 YEARS OF TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
 PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- British Columbia natural gas industry representatives are meeting today with Oregon's natural gas buyers, utility commissioners, and local governments as the industry prepares to celebrate its 35th year of service to the Pacific Northwest next month.
 The B.C. delegation delivered the message that transporting natural gas to the state of Oregon has benefited all parties involved. "We built British Columbia's natural gas mainline in 1957 to connect the gas rich fields of the province's Northeast with markets in B.C. and the Pacific Northwest," said Art Willms, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Westcoast Energy Inc. (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver: W).
 "In the 35 years since, we have moved more than 9 trillion cubic feet of gas to market, with about half of that total exported to customers in the Pacific Northwest," said Willms. "And B.C. still possesses vast natural gas reserves that can sustain activity for the province's Northeast communities, provide revenues for British Columbia, and serve customers in Oregon for many more years."
 Joe Horler, vice president of marketing at BP Canada added: "The Westcoast pipeline transportation link has allowed consumers in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest to forge valuable relationships with the gas producers of northeastern B.C. Producers are committed to the exploration and development of new supplies in Northeast B.C. BP Canada alone has spent more than $150 million in the past three years to develop additional supplies to serve the B.C. market and export markets such as Washington and Oregon."
 Oregon customers are taking advantage of the B.C. gas supply by increasing their demand for gas to heat homes and businesses, operate industries, and generate electricity. "Natural gas is the least polluting of all fossil fuels," said Willms, "and is a clean, reliable, and competitively priced fuel."
 Westcoast Energy owns and operates the major pipeline system in B.C. that transports natural gas primarily to markets in British Columbia and, via connecting pipelines, the Pacific Northwest.
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 /CONTACT: Allan Edgeworth, senior VP, marketing & regulatory affairs of Westcoast Energy, 604-691-5508/
 (W.) CO: Westcoast Energy Inc. ST: British Columbia, Oregon IN: OIL SU:


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