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For Release: 03/10/2010

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Focus on Pipeline Safety; Utilities Remind Contractors and Residents to Follow Safety Procedures As 'Digging' Season Begins

Chicago, IL - The arrival of warmer temperatures signals the start of construction season in Chicagoland. And that means digging.

As projects involving excavation of streets, parkways, gardens and lawns begin, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas urge contractors, workers and residents to follow proper pipeline safety procedures, as well as understand what to do if they hit a natural gas line.

Anyone planning work that involves excavation in Chicago must call the DIGGER hotline at 312-744-7000 at least 48 hours before planning to dig. In the North Shore Gas territory, residents or contractors must call the JULIE line at 811 or 800-892-0123 at least 48 hours in advance.

"It is vital for not only contractors who work on underground infrastructure, but residents digging around their property to closely follow all guidelines for working safely around natural gas pipelines," said Edward Doerk, vice president of gas operations for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas.

To create awareness among contractors about pipeline safety, representatives from Peoples Gas attended the Annual Excavator Breakfast, hosted by the Greater Chicago Damage Prevention Council today at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Main Campus. As one of several sponsors of the event, the utility distributed information to attendees, including contractors and other relevant third parties throughout the City of Chicago.

To reduce accidents, the companies regularly provide a variety of pipeline safety awareness materials to customers and others who may live near pipelines. The safety awareness program includes bill inserts, brochures, web site activities, and classroom programs, among other materials. Just as importantly, throughout the year the utilities work closely with DIGGER and the Greater Chicago Damage Prevention Council in Chicago and JULIE in the North Shore Gas territory to help prevent damage to pipelines during construction.

"We are always looking for opportunities to create greater public awareness of safety and the vital role that our pipelines play in delivering energy to our customers every day," Doerk said. "Each time a gas main is hit, not only do we respond but so does the Chicago Fire Department, the Department of Environment and often CDOT and the City’s Office of Emergency Management – 911. In 2009 alone, Peoples Gas experienced 588 third-party hits to its facilities while North Shore Gas experienced 118 hits."

For more information or to find all of the utility's pipeline safety materials, visit www.peoplesgasdelivery and www.northshoregasdelivery.com.

About Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves 840,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the City of Chicago. The company is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). For more information on Peoples Gas, visit the company's web site: www.peoplesgasdelivery.

About North Shore Gas

North Shore Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves 158,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 54 communities in Northeastern Illinois. The company is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). For more information on North Shore Gas visit the company's web site: www.northshoregasdelivery.com.