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Columbia Gas of Ohio to Spend Over $1.2 million for Marion Area Pipeline Replacement Project

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

MARION, Ohio -- The Main Street and Prospect Street areas in Marion will soon benefit from Columbia Gas of Ohio’s pipeline improvement program.

Over 12,000 feet of natural gas main line will be replaced in the area as Columbia upgrades existing steel pipe with plastic pipe. The project will take several months and includes a number of streets, including: Main Street, Superior Street, Wildwood Court, Cleveland Court, Delaware Avenue, West Walnut Street, Irey Street, Cleveland Avenue, Curtis Court, Prospect Street, Washington Avenue, and Hill Street.

In the near future, customers on these streets will notice preliminary construction work in the area, such as staking of right of way and inspection of sewer lines. 

Customers whose property will be impacted by this work will be notified via letter of a public meeting to be held to discuss the project on Wednesday, April 4th , at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Marion Public Library, 445 East Church Street, Marion, Ohio.  At that time, customers will have the opportunity to ask questions of Columbia construction personnel.

This work will require a short interruption of natural gas service. Columbia Gas will make personal contact with customers prior to shutting-off service and to schedule re-light appointments. Customers will also have their indoor meters moved to the outside of the premises. This work will be done at no additional cost to the customer.

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 will spend nearly $2 billion over the next 25 years to improve its 19,000 mile underground pipeline system.

Columbia Gas of Ohio, with headquarters in Columbus, is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). Serving 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.  

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