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EnCana Oil and Gas contributes to energy assistance program

EnCana Oil and Gas USA has made a $50,000 donation to Energy Outreach Colorado, a non-profit organization that helps pay the energy bills of income-restricted families and seniors.EnCana increased its contribution for energy assistance by 40 percent compared to last year because of the extreme need in the state and its commitment to helping the communities in which it does business.”We support Energy Outreach Colorado’s mission to make home energy affordable for all Coloradans,” said Doug Hock, spokesperson for EnCana. “We’re proud to join other energy producers in Colorado who are helping with this critical issue.”Energy Outreach has distributed more than $58 million in Colorado for energy bill payment assistance, weatherization programs for affordable housing and conservation education since it was established in 1989.According to statistics from Energy Outreach, the 2005-2006 heating season has been the toughest on record for Colorado’s poor and low-income residents desperate to afford the light and heat they need in order to stay safe and warm at home. Families with children, senior citizens and individuals with special needs must allocate more of their limited resources to pay their energy bills. Sometimes they do without necessities like medical care and food.From October 2005 through January 2006, emergency assistance organizations receiving EOC funds distributed nearly $900,000 to help struggling residents pay bills, a 25 percent increase compared to the same time last year. The average amount each resident needed to avoid a shutoff was $309, an increase of nearly 30 percent compared to the same time last year.

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