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 Michael Arioli of DTE Energy-MichCon Honored with Industry Award   


Phoenix, Ariz. —   The American Gas Association (AGA), representing the nation’s gas utilities, today recognized Michael Arioli of DTE Energy-MichCon with the 2008 Milton W. Heath Sr. Memorial Award.  The award was presented at the AGA 2008 Operations Conference.

Sponsored by Heath Consultants, Inc., the annual award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to leak detection, prevention or repair over the past five years.

“Mr. Arioli’s leadership role in communicating the importance of leak detection and the effective implementation of remedial measures demonstrates a commitment to improving the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible delivery of natural gas,” said AGA President and CEO Dave Parker.

Arioli, a gas distribution supervisor with DTE Energy-MichCon, was recognized for his work in implementing a gas leak detection and rectification program that has not only helped to ensure public and employee safety, but has also resulted in reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased cost savings for the DTE Energy-MichCon distribution system. 

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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

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