COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbia Gas of Ohio advised today that motorists may see flames this week near its Ackerman Road regulator station as the company wraps up work on a major pipeline replacement project.
The controlled burning of natural gas may begin today and will continue on Tuesday, during daylight hours only. The work will take place on Ackerman between Route 315 and Olentangy River Road. One eastbound lane of Ackerman Road will be closed to accommodate the pipeline work.
The burning will be done to remove natural gas from a pipeline that is being taken out of service. This is a controlled, safe process and shouldn’t be cause for alarm. The burning and related processes could produce a gas odor, but it is not a hazardous leak.
However, Columbia Gas reminds customers that if they have concerns about a possible gas leak in or near their home, they should report it to Columbia Gas, which will dispatch a technician to come out and perform a safety inspection.
Move to a safe location away from where a leak is suspected and call Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077.
Columbia is nearing completion of its Ackerman Pipeline Improvement Project in the Clintonville and OSU areas. The company is investing more than $14 million in a new 1.5-mile natural gas pipeline, which is a critical part of the company’s long-term plan for maintaining safe, reliable natural gas service to Columbia’s customers throughout Franklin County. The construction work which could create the odor issues is expected to be completed by Friday.
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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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