News Release
April 13, 2004

$33,000 AIR MONITORING EQUIPMENT DONATED TO THE LOWER FRASER VALLEY AIR QUALITY MONITORING NETWORK

HOPE, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- Thanks to a unique partnership, residents of Hope, British Columbia, now have access to an enhanced air quality and meteorological monitoring network.

The District of Hope, Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD), Nestle Waters Canada and Duke Energy Gas Transmission (DEGT) cooperatively arranged and funded the air quality monitoring improvements at three sites:

  • A new temporary air quality monitoring station east of Kawkawa Lake was recently commissioned. This monitoring station, which is located on property owned by Nestle Waters Canada, was built and installed by the GVRD and funded by DEGT, and will collect data for up to 18 months to confirm modeling study predictions at a local DEGT facility.
  • A new meteorological station on Othello Road was built and installed by DEGT. This equipment monitors temperature, wind speed and humidity.
  • DEGT also donated a $33,000 monitor to the Lower Fraser Valley Air Quality Monitoring Network which has been installed at the existing Hope Airport monitoring site. This monitor continuously monitors fine particulates, and joins an ever growing number of fine particulate monitors in the Lower Fraser Valley.Data from this monitor will be reported on an ongoing basis as part of the annual Lower Fraser Valley Ambient Air Quality Report.             

Data from each of these three sites will be collected over 12 to 18 months, and will then be compared with data collected at the Hope Airport. Data from the enhanced Hope Airport monitoring site will continue to be collected beyond this period, thanks to the legacy donation by DEGT.

"Partnering with communities in which we live and work is an important priority for us, said Mike Bell, manager of transmission -- South, DEGT." Stewardship is something we take very seriously. We are extremely pleased to be a part of this important initiative and thank the community partners for their efforts on this program," he continued.

A map of the various sites is attached for reference.

Data from this monitoring program will be available soon on the BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection web site http://www.elp.gov.bc.ca:8000/pls/aqiis/aqi.bulletin).

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

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