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For Release: 06/02/2014

North Shore Gas Customers Need to Call JULIE 8-1-1 Before Summer Digging Projects

Waukegan, IL - North Shore Gas reminds residents who are planning summer landscaping projects, to call the Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators (JULIE) 8-1-1 Hotline or (800) 892-0123 before starting any project that requires digging. It’s important for residents to follow safety procedures and call first to schedule a locate to make sure the area is clear of buried natural gas pipelines, as well as other electrical or telephone lines beneath the property. Projects could include anything from planting trees, shrubs or bushes, building a fence, deck or patio to the installation of underground sprinklers. Residents should be aware that natural gas pipelines can be within striking distance even for shallow digging projects. Even a temporary project like pounding stakes for graduation party tents requires a call to the JULIE 8-1-1 Hotline.

JULIE 8-1-1 is a not-for-profit corporation that provides contractors, excavators, homeowners, and others who may be disturbing the earth, with a free service through a single toll-free phone number, 8-1-1, to call for the locating and marking of underground utility facilities.

Location specialists will come to your home, locate, and mark all underground utility services in your yard free of charge.

Calling JULIE 8-1-1 well in advance to have locates completed will help ensure you can start summer projects safely. A normal locate request requires 48 hours/two business days' notice (excluding weekends and holidays). Work must begin within 14 days from the time of the request and is good for 28 days.

North Shore Gas regularly inspects the meters and service pipes that provide natural gas to homes. When designing projects, residents should not build structures such as decks and garages over buried gas lines, mains or meters. Covering this equipment prevents North Shore Gas from performing important maintenance work that allows the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to your home.

For tips on how to stay safe around natural gas and to find all of the utility's pipeline safety materials, please visit our website at www.northshoregasdelivery.

About North Shore Gas

North Shore Gas, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 159,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers located in 54 communities within the northern suburbs of Chicago. For more information about North Shore Gas visit the company's website: www.northshoregasdelivery.

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