News Release
Dec. 8, 2000

DUKE ENERGY HONORED FOR MASSACHUSETTS WETLANDS RESTORATION PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

BOSTON – Duke Energy received Coastal America’s 2000 Partnership Award for outstanding contribution to the restoration and protection of the Massachusetts’ coastal environment.

"We’re one of 13 charter members of the Massachusetts Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (CWRP), demonstrating our environmental commitment in the communities where we live and work," said Robert B. Evans, president of Duke Energy Gas Transmission. "Additionally, we’re proud that our affiliate Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline is the corporate lead for the Maine CWRP program and a previous Coastal America award winner."

Coastal America, a Washington, D.C.-based organization seeking to protect the nation's coastal resources, is a partnership comprised of 12 federal departments including the Executive Office of the President and EPA, as well as other state, local and private organizations. In the past five years, Coastal America has initiated or completed more than 250 projects in 26 states.

Massachusetts State Environmental Affairs Secretary Bob Durand recognized the efforts of the partnership at the award ceremony. "We continue to maintain the leadership role we’ve initiated with a unique watershed-based wetland restoration program and are happy to add our first corporate partnership program for restoring wetlands," he said.

Vice President Al Gore offered his congratulations as well. "It is important to note that your efforts in Massachusetts are serving as the model for the national partnership. Through this national Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership, our country will be able to more effectively restore wetlands and other aquatic habitats."

Duke Energy’s pipelines became charter members of the Massachusetts CWRP program last year. In 2000, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C., became the corporate lead for the Maine CWRP program. Maritimes had also received Coastal America’s Partnership Award in 1999 for its involvement in the restoration of the Penobscot River watershed in Maine.

Houston-based Duke Energy Gas Transmission manages 12,000 miles of natural gas pipelines including Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation, Algonquin Gas Transmission Company, East Tennessee Natural Gas Company and with others, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. Expansion projects include extensions of Maritimes & Northeast and Algonquin Hubline, which will bring additional gas supplies into the Boston area. DEGT also owns salt cavern storage facilities in Texas and Louisiana with a total storage capacity of 23 billion cubic feet.

Duke Energy, a diversified multinational energy company, creates value for customers and shareholders through an integrated network of energy assets and expertise. Duke Energy manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses-- generating revenues of nearly $22 billion in 1999. Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 100 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com

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