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Columbia Gas of Ohio to launch Johnstown pipeline improvement project

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbia Gas of Ohio will begin a major pipeline improvement project in Johnstown in March. The company will replace more than 5,700 feet of natural gas mainline on seven streets in the village. The project area includes Anna Way, Elm Street, Jersey Street, Main Street, Oregon Street, Payne Avenue and William Street.

The nearly $400,000 project will replace existing steel pipe with specially designed plastic pipe. The project will impact about 130 customers and is expected to be done by late summer 2012.

Columbia Gas of Ohio will host a public open house from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Johnstown Village Council Chambers, 599 S. Main St., Johnstown. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information and answer questions from residents 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 also make personal contact with customers prior to shutting off service and to schedule service restoration.

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. Any meter move out and customer service line replacement will be done at no direct cost to the customer. Columbia Gas of Ohio is spending nearly $2 billion over 25 years to improve its 19,000 mile underground pipeline system.

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.

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 www.SafeGasOhio.org.