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ATCO Gas Reminds Albertans to Call Before You Dig

Stay safe by digging carefully around natural gas lines

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

ATCO Gas Reminds Albertans to Call Before You Dig09:00 EDT Tuesday, May 10, 2011EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - With spring upon us, many Albertans are thinking about outdoor home improvement projects such as building decks, digging fence post holes and planting trees. ATCO Gas reminds Albertans to put safety first by calling Alberta One-Call to have their underground utilities marked before starting outdoor projects."Hitting a natural gas pipeline is extremely dangerous, and it's also 100 per cent preventable," said Brian Hahn, President, ATCO Gas. "I encourage anyone who is thinking about starting a digging or construction project to visit atcogas.com to find out more about how to dig safely."At least two days before starting any project that disturbs the ground, Albertans are reminded to call Alberta One-Call at 1-800-242-3447 to have underground utilities in the work area marked. Once the markings are in place, avoid digging in the area around the markings, unless absolutely necessary. If digging within one metre of the outside of the markings is required, it must be done carefully using a shovel.Last year there were 601 damages to ATCO Gas's underground natural gas pipelines. Most of the damages were the result of excavators, contractors and residential customers failing to have their underground utilities marked before digging or failing to dig safely around the natural gas line after it was marked.ATCO Gas is an Alberta-based, province-wide natural gas distribution company, serving more than one million customers in nearly 300 Alberta communities and is part of the ATCO Group of Companies. ATCO Group, with more than 7,700 employees and assets of approximately $10 billion, delivers service excellence and innovative business solutions worldwide with leading companies engaged in Utilities, Energy, Structures & Logistics, and Technologies. More information about ATCO can be found on its website, www.atco.com.Forward-Looking Information:Certain statements contained in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "plan", "expect", "may", "will", "intend", "should", and similar expressions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. The Corporation believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon. The Corporation's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of regulatory decisions, competitive factors in the industries in which the Corporation operates, prevailing economic conditions, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Corporation. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent the Corporations' expectations as of the date hereof, and are subject to change after such date. The Corporation disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities regulations.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Corporate CommunicationsATCO Gas780-288-7621 (24 hours)www.atco.com