Producers are driving significant oil and gas production growth in the Bakken Formation, which spans parts of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota and Montana and is estimated to contain five billion barrels of technically recoverable oil.
Enbridge is strengthening our clear competitive advantage in the Bakken region with growth projects on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.
We are already the dominant pipeline company in the region through our two sponsored investments— Enbridge Income Fund and Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.
The Bakken also contains natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs), presenting another growth opportunity for the Alliance Pipeline and Aux Sable NGL plant.
Looking ahead, we see a tremendous long-term opportunity to build on our existing infrastructure and presence in the Bakken, both in liquids and natural gas, and we are actively working on additional projects for both the Canadian and U.S. sections of this basin.
Enbridge Gas Distribution is Canada's largest gas distribution utility and one of the fastest growing in North America. Enbridge Gas Distribution serves approximately 1.9 million customers in central and eastern Ontario and parts of northern New York State.
In 2009, Enbridge Gas Distribution added about 32,000 new customers. We continue to improve the return on this business under Incentive Regulation, enhancing shareholder value while at the same time enabling us to provide significant savings to our customers in the form of reduced charges for gas delivery.