Enbridge officials were in Souris on June 13 to drop off a cheque for $55,000! The funds are part of the $1.35 million Community Investment funding announced earlier this month by Enbridge. Earlier this month Enbridge announced that approximately $1.35 million in Community Investment funding will go toward more than 55 communities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba in support of locally driven projects and initiatives that support safe, healthy and sustainable communities.
The funds will benefit communities in close proximity to the Line 3 Replacement pipeline right-of-way and are supplementary to Enbridge’s ongoing community investment program. The money will go toward everything from swimming pools to parks and playgrounds, community hall and recreation centre upgrades, emergency response equipment and more.
The Souris Parks Board was the benefactor of $50,000 that will be used towards the $100,000 campground expansion on the western edge of the Souris River. Currently the Parks Board has local contractors hard at work building these campgrounds and it is hoped they will soon be available to help with the overflow at the campground located near the swimming pool. According to parks Board representative Joe Goodwill the expansion will include eight large sites measuring approximately 33 x 60 feet along the river. “We expect to be able to house the largest campers on these site,” explained Goodwill. “That will free up the bowl for other activities and get the large campers out of that area.”
IN addition to the $50,000 for the campground expansion, Enbridge left a cheque for an additional $5,000 for the Souris Glenwood Agricultural Society to be used towards the canteen and washroom renovations. “Ag Society Preseident Butch Locke was thrilled to received the cheque. “This will go a long way towards our renovation project,” explained Locke. “The fair grounds are a community place. The area is there for everyone to use. By keeping the buildings in good order, that encourages support.”
Locke says that the entire area has been reserved for a family reunion later this summer and he hope others will consider holding events in that location.
Mayor Darryl Jackson was on hand to join the groups receiving the donations. He was pleased to see Enbridge include Souris in its community investment. “This is a great donation from Enbridge. I’m pleased that a corporation the size of Enbridge would see fit to help us improve our campground,” he stated. “It will certainly be nice to have a place to set the bigger trailers and I know the Ag Society will make good use of the donation for their washrooms and canteen project.”
The $5.3-billion Canadian portion of the Line 3 Replacement Program involves the replacement of approximately 1,070 kilometres of Line 3 pipeline between Hardisty, Alberta and Gretna, Manitoba, with new pipeline. About 40 percent of the new pipe was installed in 2017, with the remainder of construction on the essential safety and maintenance project expected to commence in August.
“As a company that delivers the energy that we all need for our daily lives, there’s nothing that matters more to Enbridge than safe, healthy and sustainable communities,” says Enbridge’s Line 3 Project Director Guy Krepps. “We don’t just operate in communities, we live in them. As a good neighbour, we are committed to strengthening communities by supporting innovative programs that positively impact quality of life in our three focus areas — community, environment and safety,” added Mr. Krepps.
The investments add to the more than $600,000 delivered in 2017 by Enbridge to communities from this project fund. Total Enbridge Line 3 community investment in 2017 and 2018 is approximately $2.6 million, directly benefitting more than 80 communities in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and supporting approximately 250 locally driven projects and initiatives.