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North Shore Gas

For Release: 12/01/2014

North Shore Gas Retires Propane Tanks at Libertyville Facility-Controlled Burn Will Create Flame in the Sky

Libertyville, IL — North Shore Gas is alerting Libertyville residents and those in the surrounding communities of a planned residual fuel flare-off, which will take place intermittently over a two week period.

The controlled burn will begin on Tuesday, December 2, at North Shore Gas' propane facility, at the south-west corner of Peterson Rd and Rte. 45.

The facility is on the east side of Metra's North Central commuter line between the Prairie Crossing and Mundelein stations. All required safety precautions will be in place during this required operation.

The flaring will take place Monday through Saturday, between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. The process will be controlled and monitored using the safest methods and techniques in the industry.

The flare pipe is 15 feet tall and the flame could reach 40 -50 feet tall and 15 feet wide at times during the process. The flare is likely to be seen at a distance of several miles from the facility.

Residents and commuters can be assured that the release of gas is being done in the safest way possible and should not be alarmed if they see a flame appear. The flare-off will not affect natural gas service to customers.

North Shore Gas is retiring several tanks and will be removing them from site to make way for new investments in the natural gas system. All of the propane that can be safely extracted from the tanks has been utilized. Before removing the tanks, it is necessary to ensure any residual fuel in the tanks is safely emptied. The safest way to remove residual propane is to burn it in a controlled way.

The propane facility in Libertyville is an important part of North Shore Gas' diverse supply mix. On extremely cold days or when extra supply is needed, fuel from the Libertyville facility can be quickly and safely vaporized and added to our system to support the needs of North Shore Gas customers.

Last winter, the propane facility was instrumental in meeting North Shore Gas customer supply needs when extremely high demand, due to the much colder than average winter and operational restrictions imposed by the interstate pipelines, limited the amount of natural gas which was readily available to North Shore Gas customers. Having a diverse natural gas supply is a smart way to ensure reliability and minimize price spikes for customers.

While the flare-off work is taking place, residents who may smell gas or suspect a gas leak inside or outside their home or business should not hesitate to call North Shore Gas to report it at 866-556-6005.

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.

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