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Columbia Gas of Ohio to launch pipeline improvement project in Chillicothe

Monday, February 13, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbia Gas of Ohio will complete a major pipeline improvement project in Chillicothe this year. The company will replace more than 8,000 feet of natural gas mainline in an area including 4th, 5th, Brownell, Cleveland, Columbus, Rose, Toledo and Watt streets, as well as Douglas Avenue.

The $750,000 project will replace existing steel pipe with specially designed plastic pipe. The project will impact about 230 customers and is expected to be done this summer. About 87 indoor natural gas meters will be moved outside as part of the project.

Columbia Gas of Ohio will host a public meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Chillicothe Transit Center, 575 E. 7th St., Chillicothe. The purpose is to provide information and answer questions from residents and property owners in the project area.

The construction work requires a temporary interruption of natural gas service. Impacted customers will be contacted via letter in advance. Columbia Gas will make personal contact with customers prior to shutting off service and to schedule service restoration.

As a reminder, all Columbia employees and contractors carry identification cards bearing their name, photograph and identification number and will be happy to show it.

Customers with indoor meters will have them moved outside of the home so entry to the home is no longer needed to read the meter. Columbia Gas of Ohio is spending nearly $2 billion over 25 years to improve its 19,000-mile underground pipeline system.

Columbia Gas of Ohio safely delivers clean and efficient natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties. With headquarters in Columbus, it is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) and is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource companies deliver energy to approximately 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England.

Be sure to call 811 at least two business days before you dig. For information about natural gas safety and what to do if you suspect a gas leak, go to: SafeGasOhio.org.