For immediate release
August 23, 2011
Contact: Bob Innes
CHESTER, VA. – August 24, 2011 – Columbia Gas of Virginia reports that overnight it completed repairs to the natural gas leak in downtown Fredericksburg and all evacuated customers have been allowed back into their homes and businesses. The company appreciates the support of the Fredericksburg fire and police personnel and the patience of the impacted customers during this event. . .
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 www.columbiagasva.com.