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Columbia Gas of Ohio Offers Customers Chance to Support Red Cross Chapters

Friday, February 01, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbia Gas of Ohio today announced a partnership with the American Red Cross to help the environment and the Red Cross in Ohio.

For each customer who enrolls in Columbia Gas of Ohio’s free Direct e-Bill paperless billing service between now and March 31, 2013, the company will donate $5 to Red Cross chapters across the state, to help provide critical services and lifesaving training for families and individuals in their community including:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster relief and recovery assistance
  • First aid and CPR training
  • Disease prevention initiatives
  • Blood collections

“We’ve all witnessed the devastating effects of natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and other emergency events on a national scale,” said Columbia Gas of Ohio President Jack Partridge. “But, it’s important that we’re prepared if something happens in our own backyard. The Red Cross is the organization that can help.”

“We thank Columbia Gas and its customers for their support of the Red Cross mission,” said Neal Litvack, American Red Cross Chief Development Officer. “This partnership will help ensure that the Red Cross is there, whether we are helping a family recover from a house fire or teaching community members how they can prepare for emergencies.”

Signing-up for Direct E-bill is Free and Simple
The paperless billing option is a free and convenient way for customers to manage their account and help the environment at the same time. Simply visit www.columbiagasohio.com and select “Manage Your Account” to sign up for free paperless Direct e-Bill services. Instead of receiving a paper bill in the mail, customers receive an e-mail notification that their utility bill is available to view the same day it’s rendered.

E-bill customers can continue to mail their payment if they prefer. Or, they can pay their bill on-line at no charge and perform other business on their account, such as signing up for the Budget Payment Plan. The e-mail notification also includes a link to electronic versions of monthly bill inserts, customer newsletters and other important account information.

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. More information about Columbia Gas of Ohio is available at: ColumbiaGasOhio.com. 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 SafeGasOhio.org.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or join our blog at blog.RedCross.org