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Columbia Gas of Ohio Customers in East Toledo to Receive $2 Million Natural Gas Infrastructure Improvement

Monday, April 02, 2012

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Columbia Gas of Ohio announced today it will invest $2 million to upgrade its natural gas pipeline system in an East Toledo neighborhood.

The project will upgrade approximately 25,000 feet of natural gas mainline in the Holmes Street area. Residential and commercial customers along several streets bound by E. Broadway, Hirzel, Oakdale and Holmes will see existing steel pipe replaced with plastic pipe and gas meters relocated outside.

Columbia Gas officials will be holding a public meeting to discuss the project and answer any questions at the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Avenue on Tuesday, April 3rd at 5:30 p.m.     

All the work will require a temporary interruption of natural gas service. Impacted customers will be contacted via letter in advance of the scheduled work. Columbia Gas will make personal contact with customers prior to shutting off service and to schedule re-light appointments.

This project is one of seven projects announced for 2012, representing a $20 million investment in Toledo’s natural gas infrastructure.

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

Columbia Gas is investing in capital projects across Ohio to improve the safety and reliability of its pipeline system, including nearly $2 billion over the next 25 years to improve up to 4,000 miles of its 19,000 mile underground pipeline system. The work will also ensure customer access to adequate supplies of natural gas, a domestically abundant, safe and environmentally responsible solution to our nation’s energy needs today and tomorrow. In addition to creating jobs in local communities, this work will result in a modern energy system helping keep Ohio business and industry globally competitive.

Columbia Gas of Ohio, with headquarters in Columbus, is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). With approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties, it is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource distribution companies serve approximately 3.8 million gas and electric customers primarily in seven states.