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Submitted by David Coll 

Gridiron action provides unique opportunity to promote Line 3 construction awareness

Opening night of high-school football season is an important tradition in small towns across the Canadian Prairies, an event that is circled early on community calendars and celebrated.

On Sept. 7, Enbridge got in on game night in the western Saskatchewan town of Kerrobert (pop. 1,026) by sponsoring a BBQ and serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, pop and water to some 500 hungry fans and players. It was a double-header of junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) squads and the Kerrobert Composite School Rebels took both games against the visiting Eatonia Spartans.

“It was a great night for the home team,” says Mayor Wayne Mock, a proud father who has two sons on the senior team.

Photo Courtesy of Tracey Cholin

Enbridge’s Kerrobert Station sits along the company’s Mainline, which consists of pipelines and facilities with the capacity to transport up to 2.85 million barrels per day of light and heavy crude oil from Edmonton, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. The station looks after maintenance of five pump station sites and remote valves on six pipelines along 165 miles of the Mainline, between the Alberta border and Loreburn, SK, including Line 3.

Photo courtesy of Tracey Cholin

“With Line 3 replacement construction well underway, we are looking at unique ways to promote construction safety awareness in some of the smaller centres and to thank people for their patience and hospitality during this busy time,” explains Joanne Bradbury, Community Engagement Strategist with Enbridge. “We learned of the football games in Kerrobert just two days before and contacted the school immediately – they were very open and welcoming to Enbridge for our support and participation.”

The event came together quickly with Site Energy Services, an Enbridge contractor, providing a mobile barbeque trailer. Volunteers from Enbridge, Site and O.J. Pipelines, served the food.

Photo Courtesy of Tracey Cholin

“That’s the biggest turnout we’ve ever had for a football game,” says school Vice Principal Anita Phillips. “It was a really a big event, very well done, and very well received by the community. “I want to say a huge thank you to Enbridge from the school, the football players and the community.”

Photo courtesy of Tracey Cholin

“When Enbridge volunteered to cover the costs of the concession, it was a very nice and very welcome surprise,” adds Mock. “Kerrobert has such a great relationship with Enbridge and the community is ready to step up and help them right back.

“I’ve done a lot of oilfield work for Enbridge in the past and I have nothing but good to say about them,” says Mock. “If you follow the rules, you’re going to come home safe – with a young family at the time that was very important to me.”

Feature Image Source: Courtesy of Tracey Cholin

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