Release Date: 02/28/2006

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries field office at the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is fully operational again following an installation of a diesel generator donated by El Paso Exploration & Production Company, a subsidiary of El Paso Corporation.
In light of the budgetary constraints and competing priorities in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, common objectives of public and private organizations must be realized, said Parke Moore, assistant secretary for LDWFs Office of Wildlife.  The wildlife and fishery resources and public users of Atchafalaya Delta will benefit greatly from this donation by enabling department personnel to staff and manage the WMA on a full time basis.

El Paso E&P delivered and installed a 50 KW self-contained diesel generator and fuel storage tank at the LDWF site earlier this month.  The company also provided the tugboat and barge to transport the generator and tank to the WMA, secured a 40-ton crane to assist with the placement and installation of the equipment, and provided an electrician to perform the installation process.

The daily operation of the LDWF field office in coastal St. Mary Parish was curtailed in July 2005 when the facilitys natural gas generator became obsolete following the loss of the natural gas supply from an adjacent well.  El Paso E&P agreed to donate the generator and a years supply of diesel fuel to LDWF to bring the facility back to 24-hour, seven-day-a-week functioning status.

This joint effort for the public good is a fine example of El Pasos interest in maintaining and protecting the sensitive wetland environment of south Louisiana, said Al Erxleben, vice president of El Paso E&P.  We are happy to contribute vital resources during this time of need. Good neighbors must always pull together.
The Atchafalaya Delta WMA contains 137,700 acres of prime habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife, providing outdoor recreation opportunities for the public.
LDWF personnel manage the day-to-day activities on site and assist with public-use activities including managed hunts, habitat enhancement and houseboat mooring.  To learn more about Louisianas wildlife management areas, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

El Paso Corporation provides natural gas and related energy products.  The company owns North Americas largest natural gas pipeline system and one of North Americas largest independent natural gas producers. For more information, visit www.elpaso.com.
EDITORS: For more information, contact Bo Boehringer (LDWF) at 225-765-5115 or Richard Wheatley (El Paso E&P) at 713-420-6828.  Photos are available upon request.