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

Friday, February 01, 2013


Contact: Bob Innes
(804) 768-6410 office
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CHESTER, VA – February 1, 2013 – Chester, VA – Columbia Gas of Virginia and its parent company NiSource today announced a partnership with the American Red Cross.

For each customer who enrolls in Columbia Gas of Virginia’s free Direct e-Bill paperless billing service between now and March 31, 2013, the company will donate $10 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 Carl Levander, President, Columbia Gas of Virginia. “While these events receive significant attention, it is at home, each day in our backyard that we need to make sure the Red Cross is prepared to help.”
“We thank Columbia Gas of Virginia 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 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.

Learn more about what your local American Red Cross chapter is doing in your community by visiting

The Company will donate to the American Red Cross $10 for each customer in Virginia who signs up for paperless Direct e-Bill between February 1, 2013, and March 31, 2013, up to an aggregate maximum commitment of $15,000. Enrollment in paperless Direct e-Bill is not tax deductible.

The Company’s donation will support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross whether it’s responding to a disaster, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills that can save a life, or assisting military members and their families throughout our service territories.

The American Red Cross name is a registered trademark used with permission.

About Columbia Gas of Virginia
Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to over 245,000 customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley, the Lynchburg region and parts of Western Virginia. With headquarters in Chesterfield County, the company is one of the 7 energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) serving 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers. Always call 811 before you dig and Dig with CARE. Learn more at

About NiSource
NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), based in Merrillville, Ind., is a Fortune 500 company engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution. NiSource operating companies deliver energy to 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. Information about NiSource and its subsidiaries is available via the Internet at

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 or join the Red Cross blog at