Columbia Gas of Virginia to flare natural gas in Hopeman Parkway area of Waynesboro, Va.

For Release:
July 17, 2014

Contact:Bob Innes
(804) 768-6410
(804) 512-1425 - cellular

Chester, VA – July 17, 2014 - Columbia Gas of Virginia will perform a routine task called “flaring” during the mid-morning on Friday, July 18, 2014 in Waynesboro, Va. Flaring is in important step toward the completion of the company’s $600,000 infrastructure replacement project on Hopeman Parkway.

The flaring procedure will burn off residual gas in a section of gas main along Hopeman Parkway near Ivy Street. Flaring should take less than one hour to complete and gas service to customers in the area will not be interrupted. Local residents should not smell natural gas but could hear the flaring’s distinctive sound, similar to a jet engine.

The project began June 2, 2014 and was needed to relocate and modernize a 2,000 foot section of gas main along Hopeman Parkway. After the flaring, company crews will retire the old gas main and put the new gas main in service. The new gas main, constructed of 6” coated steel, was installed earlier this summer.

Columbia Gas of Virginia is committed to the safe delivery of natural gas to Waynesboro and Virginia. As part of this commitment to public safety, the company has notified city officials, emergency responders and local residents prior to the flaring.

About Columbia Gas of Virginia
Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to over 251,000 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.


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