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Leduc...The Alberta Lottery Fund is providing $1 million to assist with the expansion of the Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre at Alberta's famous Leduc #1 wellsite.

On Tuesday, June 21, Gordon Graydon, Minister of Gaming, and local MLA, George Rogers, will present a $1 million cheque from the Alberta Lottery Fund to the Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society for the expansion project at the monthly Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Authority (EDA) partnership breakfast. This project has also received a $400,000 Centennial grant from the province.

"This interpretive centre is a valuable resource for Albertans as well as visitors to the province, highlighting the oil industry and its impact on Alberta's economy and the development of the province," said Graydon. "I am pleased to see the expansion of this educational centre proceed."

The Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre is not-for-profit and largely volunteer driven. It is owned and operated by the Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society. To facilitate expansion of the centre, the Society launched Project Discovery, a campaign to raise $4 million. The 12,000 square foot expansion will include new exhibits for the interpretation of the oil and gas industries helping educate students, the industry and the public.

"In addition to this government support, $2.4 million has also been pledged to this project which will be completed in 2006," said Dan Claypool, spokesperson for the Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society. "This expansion will provide even more cultural, historical and educational benefits related to the environment and energy industry."

Opened in 1997 at Leduc #1 Historic Site, the Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre showcases Canada's oil industry to the world. The Centre contains artifacts, photos, archives, interpretive displays and oilfield equipment, designed to give the visitors a taste of what it is like to be part of the oil industry.

The Alberta Lottery Fund benefits Albertans by investing gaming revenue from VLTs, slot machines and ticket lotteries in Alberta's communities. This year, more than $1.2 billion will support thousands of volunteer, public and community-based initiatives. To learn more see visit albertlotteryfund.ca.

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Note to media: See backgrounder for information and details of the Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Authority (EDA) Partnership Breakfast on Tuesday, June 21.

Media enquiries may be directed to:

Dan Claypool
Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre
Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society
Phone: (780) 499-1062

Jennifer Raimundo
Alberta Lottery Fund Communications
Alberta Gaming
Phone: (780) 447-8991

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

 

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June 20, 2005

$1 million from the Alberta Lottery Fund provided for expansion of interpretive centre at historical site

Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre showcases history of oil and gas industry

Leduc... The Alberta Lottery Fund is providing $1 million to assist with the expansion of the Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre at Alberta's famous Leduc #1 wellsite.

Additional funding examples for the Leduc and surrounding areas include:

  • a $90,000 grant to the Town of Devon for the River Valley West Park - development of a public-use picnic area;
  • a $375,000 grant to the Leduc Performing Arts and Cultural Foundation for the expansion and upgrade of the Leduc Performing Arts Centre; and
  • a $125,000 grant for the Town of Beaumont for the construction of a new library.

To learn more about other projects and initiatives supported around the province, see albertalotteryfund.ca. A searchable database allows visitors to search by community, project or type of grant.

Quick Facts about the Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre

  • The Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society is a registered not-for profit organization that owns and operates the Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre.
  • The Centre is located on the very site of Leduc #1, the well that would change the face of Alberta and Canada, just minutes west of the Edmonton International Airport.
  • Opened in 1997, 50 years after the discovery of Leduc #1, the current Centre has hundreds of exhibits inside and outside the Interpretive Centre.
  • In 2003, the Society decided to double the size of the Centre to 22,000 square feet and to include hundreds of exciting new exhibits.
  • In 2004, the Society undertook a $4 million Campaign to accomplish three major goals:
  1. Build the new facility at a cost of $1.2 million;
  2. Create $1.8 million in new exhibits; and
  • Set aside $1 million for employment of educators and marketing staff for the Centre and operate it seven days per week throughout the year.
  • As of April 30, 2005, the Campaign had reached $2.4 million of its stated goal. In addition to this, the Alberta Government has contributed $1.4 million.
  • A significant number of major Alberta energy companies have contributed thus far to the campaign with corporations like Nexen, PetroCanada, ConocoPhillips, and Peyto Energy Trust providing $100,000 each in sponsorship of major exhibits.
  • The Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre is about education with particular interest in junior, secondary and post secondary schools; provision of education to those entering the energy sector for careers and to the public of Alberta and elsewhere.
  • The Centre's five major Galleries will present themes of interest including:
  1. The Day it All Began
  2. Beneath our Feet
  3. Exploration and Extraction
  4. The Oil Sands
  5. Transportation
  • Sponsorship opportunities range from $1,000 to $250,000. All donations/sponsorships will be recognized in many ways including:
  1. A charitable tax receipt as applicable;
  2. Recognition within the major donor wall; and
  3. Name presence on exhibits as appropriate.

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Media enquiries may be directed to:

Dan Claypool
Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre
Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society
Phone: (780) 499-1062

Jennifer Raimundo
Alberta Lottery Fund Communications
Alberta Gaming
Phone: (780) 447-8991

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.



 



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