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Columbia Gas kicks off Ackerman Road Pipeline Project

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbia Gas of Ohio today began construction of its $14 million Ackerman Road pipeline replacement project.

The company will install a coated steel high-pressure pipeline along a 1.5 mile route in the Clintonville section of Columbus.

The new pipeline will replace a bare steel pipeline installed in the 1950s and will play a critical role in maintaining safe, reliable natural gas service in the Columbus metropolitan area.

The project will be constructed from the company’s existing 20-inch natural gas pipeline located on Ackerman Road between Fred Taylor Drive and Defiance Drive to the project’s completion on West Tulane Road near the intersection of High Street and East Weber Road. Please see the route map that accompanied this news release.

The Ohio Power Siting Board certified the route on March 26 following an extensive review of the environmental impact.

Columbia will use state-of-the-art construction methods, corrosion and safety measures on the Ackerman Road project. The pipeline will be buried under three- to four feet of soil cover. Horizontal directional drilling will be used for the portion that crosses the Olentangy River.

The outside of the pipe is coated with an epoxy film that prevents corrosion. Each section of the pipe will be carefully inspected in the field before it is installed. The new pipeline will be pressure-tested before being placed into service. The project is expected to be completed on Nov. 1.

The Ackerman Road pipeline will be inspected regularly once in service. These inspections will not involve digging.

Some lawns, landscaping, sidewalks and roadways will be temporarily disturbed during construction. Columbia will restore any disturbed property to its previous condition or better following construction.

Residents along the project route have received two letters from Columbia about the project. Columbia’s construction contractor will leave tags on doors of homes prior to work being done on specific city blocks.

Columbia has established a voice mail hotline (1-888-414-1237) for residents along the project route to call with questions. A qualified Columbia Gas representative will respond. More information about the project is available at ColumbiaGasOhio.com/Ackerman.

About Columbia Gas of Ohio

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. 

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