News Release
Oct. 11, 2000


HOUSTON – Duke Energy Gas Transmission (DEGT), the Houston-based Duke Energy business responsible for the company’s interstate natural gas pipeline operations, has become a partner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Natural Gas STAR Program.

The voluntary program between EPA and the natural gas industry focuses on reducing methane emissions by encouraging the use of cost-effective technologies and practices that enhance safety and efficiency, while protecting the environment.

DEGT is one of several companies that will be recognized as a new partner during the EPA’s seventh annual Natural Gas STAR implementation workshop scheduled today through Oct. 13 at Houston's Warwick Hotel.

"We look forward to being a Natural Gas STAR partner," said Theopolis Holeman, DEGT senior vice president of transmission and engineering. "Natural Gas STAR is an excellent example of government and industry working together to develop cost-effective responses to environmental challenges. By participating, we will have additional opportunities to keep up-to-date on the latest approaches for reducing methane emissions while improving our efficiency."

Duke Energy has been a participant in the Department of Energy’s Climate Challenge program since 1994. Under this program, Duke Energy has reduced or avoided over 78 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions through voluntary actions including improved operational performance, recycling and tree planting and preservation.

"This partnership continues and expands our ongoing enterprise-wide efforts to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions consistent with our business strategies," said James R. Hendricks Jr., Duke Energy corporate vice president for environment, health and safety. Information about the program is available on Duke Energy’s global climate change site at

"Natural Gas STAR partners reduce gas losses, improve operational efficiencies, and save money while protecting the environment by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants," said Natural Gas STAR Program Manager Paul Gunning. "EPA is excited to be working with Duke Energy Gas Transmission to meet these important economic and environmental goals."

Launched in 1993 as part of the Climate Change Action Plan, this cooperative partnership now has more than 70 partner companies and is endorsed by 11 major industry trade associations.

Duke Energy Gas Transmission manages 12,000 miles of natural gas pipelines known as Texas Eastern Transmission Corp., Algonquin Gas Transmission Co., East Tennessee Natural Gas Co., and with other partners, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. Together, these companies transport 8 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States. DEGT also owns natural gas salt cavern facilities in Texas and Louisiana with a total storage capacity of 23 billion cubic feet. Other natural gas storage projects in Mississippi and Pennsylvania are under development.

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:

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