Columbia Gas of Virginia Prepared For Arctic Blast

Monday, January 06, 2014
For Release:
January 6, 2014

Contact: Bob Innes
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Chester, VA – January 6, 2014 – Columbia Gas of Virginia is prepared to provide natural gas service to customers across Virginia as the arctic blast is expected to bring potential low temperatures at or below historic records.

The company’s gas control team is monitoring the flow of natural gas from the interstate pipeline suppliers and across the more than 5,500 mile underground pipeline system Columbia Gas of Virginia maintains and operates. In addition, employees will be surveying the critical delivery points from the interstate pipelines as part of the company’s proven winter operations procedures.

“We have been planning for cold weather since last fall and have implemented our proven winter operations procedures to keep natural gas flowing to Virginia homes, businesses and industrial facilities,” said Michael Huwar, vice president operations for Columbia Gas of Virginia. “Our team is prepared and we are ready to respond to any abnormal circumstances.”

Columbia also reminds any person that if they smell natural gas in a home or business (similar to rotten eggs), evacuate immediately. Do not operate anything that could cause a spark including lights, cell phones, flashlights and appliances. From a safe location, call our emergency number at 1-800-544-5606 and 911.

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