News Release
April 05, 2004

DUKE ENERGY AND MCLEOD LAKE INDIAN BAND SIGN WORKING PROTOCOL AGREEMENT

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Duke Energy Gas Transmission (DEGT) and the McLeod Lake Indian Band announced today that they have signed a working protocol agreement which will define a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship for both parties.

DEGT owns and operates natural gas gathering, processing and pipeline facilities in British Columbia.

The protocol agreement -- which incorporates the principles of accountability and transparency -- provides both parties with the following benefits:

  • Certainty in connection with communication with respect to both parties’ interests in the Prince George area of British Columbia;
  • Community development, contracting and employment opportunities for the McLeod Lake Indian Band;
  • A defined process for consultation and information-sharing regarding DEGT’s activities in the McLeod Lake Indian Band’s traditional territory.

“This agreement recognizes our long-standing relationship between the McLeod Lake Indian Band and DEGT. It will provide socio-economic benefits and create opportunities for our communities to grow and prosper”, said Chief Harley Chingee, McLeod Lake Indian Band.

“We are extremely pleased to have reached such a mutually beneficial working agreement with the McLeod Lake Indian Band,” said Al Laundry, area director for DEGT’s BC Pipeline and Field Services division. “This agreement reflects our commitment to open and transparent communication and consultation with First Nations communities in areas in which we operate,” concluded Laundry.

Duke Energy Gas Transmission is a North American leader in developing energy infrastructure and connecting major natural gas supply basins to growing markets. The company’s natural gas operations include more than 17,500 miles of interstate transmission pipeline and 250 billion cubic feet of storage capacity in Canada and the United States. More information on DEGT can be found at:  http://www.duke-energy.com/businesses/companies/degt.asp.

Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in North America and selected international markets. In 2004, the company celebrates a century of service with the 100th anniversary of its electric utility Duke Power. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 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.

Contact: Toni Beck
Phone: 403/699-1510
24-Hour Phone: 704/382-8333
e-mail: tbeck@duke-energy.com