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For Release: 03/23/2011

Putting Safety First: Call Before You Dig

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Focus on Pipeline Safety

Chicago, IL - Residents across Chicagoland are embracing the arrival of spring after a brutal winter season. For Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, spring not only means warmer temperatures but it marks the start of digging season as well.

The utilities encourage that before contractors, workers and residents begin to dig, that they follow pipeline safety procedures and be aware of natural gas pipelines buried underneath their property. In certain cases, this can be only a few inches from the surface and easy striking distance even for shallow digging projects. "Safety is our top priority," said Edward Doerk, vice president of Gas Operations for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. "It is vital for contractors who work on underground infrastructure and residents digging around their property to closely follow all guidelines for working safely around natural gas pipelines."

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. Anyone planning work that involves digging in Chicago is required to call DIGGER at 312-744-7000 and JULIE at 811 in North Shore Gas territory.

As part of the company's safety mission 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, the utility hosted a table at the event and distributed information to attendees including contractors and other relevant third parties throughout the City of Chicago.

"Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages," said Doerk. "In 2010 alone, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas experienced more than 600 third party hits to its facilities."

Additionally, Peoples Gas is currently undertaking a significant program to meet the needs of the City of Chicago. For the next 20 years, Peoples Gas will be replacing approximately 1,900 miles of cast/ductile iron pipes with modern piping materials.

While Peoples Gas has an excellent track record of safety and reliability, we want to be proactive in modernizing our system. The improvements will reduce long-term costs while maintaining the safety and reliability our customers have come to expect.

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

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 www.northshoregasdelivery.com.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Bonnie Johnson (Media)
    Manager, Public Relations
    312-240-4567
    312-907-7333 (CELL)