Columbia Gas of Virginia Reports No Damage to Utility Infrastructure

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

For immediate release:
August 23, 2011
3:36 PM

Contact: Bob Innes
(804) 768-6410 office
(804) 512-1492 cellular


CHESTER, VA. – August 23, 2011 – Columbia Gas of Virginia reports that at this time there appears to be no damage to their natural gas infrastructure as a result of today’s earthquake in Central Virginia.
Company personnel are surveying critical infrastructure around the state and are ready to respond to any customer service needs. Columbia Gas of Virginia advises any person smelling natural gas to take the following safety steps.

  •  If you smell the odor of natural gas, please leave immediately.
  • Call 911 and Columbia Gas at 800-544-5606 from a safe location.
  • Stay there until a gas company representative arrives, or leave a note on your door stating where you can be reached.
  • If an appliance is out, do not attempt to re-light it –whether or not you smell the odor of gas. Columbia Gas representatives will restore service to your appliances.
  • If you smell natural gas, do not use matches, electric switches or any kinds of appliances or motorized tools.
  • All Columbia Gas representatives have marked vehicles, photo identification and wear uniforms.

The company also reminds any person needing to dig or excavate to call Miss Utility at 811 prior to beginning the work.

About Columbia Gas of Virginia
Columbia Gas of Virginia, with headquarters in Chesterfield County, is one of the 7 energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). Columbia Gas of Virginia serves nearly 243,000 customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley, the Lynchburg region and parts of Western Virginia. NiSource distribution companies serve 3.8 million gas and electric customers primarily in nine states. More information about Columbia Gas of Virginia and WarmWise is available at