HOUMA, La., Oct. 3, 2006 – Conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat in Louisiana and throughout the U.S. has benefited by gifts from El Paso Corporation (NYSE: EP). On Wednesday, Oct. 4, El Paso will receive the Emerald Teal Award, which recognizes total cumulative contributions of $250,000 to Ducks Unlimited (DU).
“The relationship between El Paso and DU is a prime example of how conservation organizations and major corporations can work together to restore wetlands,” said Ron Bartels, DU volunteer at-large board member.
The DU Teal Award Program was established to recognize individuals, corporations and organizations that make a lifetime contribution of $5,000 or more in goods, services, merchandise, land or land easements. The Emerald Teal Award is given when gifts from an organization reaches the $250,000 level.
“Ducks Unlimited provides excellent stewardship in preserving critical habitat, and we are honored to receive this award, which reflects our cumulative contributions to the organization’s efforts,” said El Paso Senior Vice President of Pipeline Operations, Dan Martin.
Outback Steak House of Houma will host a luncheon to honor El Paso. El Paso executives, DU staff and volunteers will attend. Dan Martin and El Paso Director of Environmental, Health and Safety, Tom Hutchins will accept the award. Representing El Paso subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline will be Gulf Coast Division Director, Ron Bessette, and Property Rights Specialist, Kurt Cheramie. Representatives of El Paso’s ANR Pipeline subsidiary and El Paso’s Houston headquarters will also attend.
Bartels will present the Emerald Teal Award and will be accompanied by DU Southern Region Senior Director of Development John Belz and DU Director of Conservation Programs Curtis Hopkins.
Most recently, El Paso donated 10,000 feet of steel pipe valued at $60,000 to DU. This made El Paso the largest donor of pipe in DU’s southern region, and it was the single largest donation in southern region history. Donated pipe is typically used to construct water control structures that enable water management in restored wetlands.
DU continues to achieve wetland and waterfowl habitat conservation goals along the Gulf Coast. Wetlands in coastal Louisiana support wintering and migrating waterfowl species including blue and green-winged teal, gadwall, northern pintails, American wigeon and mallards.
El Paso Corporation provides natural gas and related energy products in a safe, efficient, and dependable manner. The company owns North America’s largest natural gas pipeline system and one of North America’s largest independent natural gas producers. For more information, visit www.elpaso.com.
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.
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