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 AGA Recognizes Member Companies for Safety Excellence   


Pittsburgh, PA —   The American Gas Association (AGA) today recognized 17 of its member companies for achieving outstanding records of employee safety in 2008. The Safety Achievement Award, presented at AGA’s 2009 Operations Conference and Biennial Exhibition, was given to companies that achieved the lowest “DART” incident rate — a mathematical calculation that describes the number of recordable injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time employees that resulted in days away from work or restricted work activity.

Additionally, several AGA member companies earned the Vehicle Safety Achievement Award by experiencing the lowest motor vehicle accident rate for companies of their type.

“The safety of our customers and our employees is our highest priority,” said Christina Sames, vice president of Operations & Engineering Services at AGA.  “The companies we honor today have exceeded every reasonable standard to demonstrate their commitment to safety in their practices and procedures. They have taken the time and the initiative to help protect their employees by ensuring a safe and healthy working environment and they are to be commended for their exceptional performance.”

Safety Achievement Award winners include, by category:

Local Distribution Utilities
Mega:                        Enbridge Gas Distribution (North York, Ontario)
Very Large:                Dominion East Ohio Gas Co. (Cleveland, OH)
Large:                        Citizens Energy Group (Indianapolis, IN)
                                 Comgas (Sao Paulo, Brazil)  
Medium-Large:            Dominion Hope (Clarksburg, WV)
Medium-Small:            Equitable Gas Company (Pittsburgh, PA)
Small:                        Columbia Gas of Maryland (Cumberland, MD)

Combination Utilities
Large:                         PECO Energy (Philadelphia, PA)      
Medium:                      Central Hudson Gas & Electric (Poughkeepsie, NY)
                                  Montana-Dakota Utilities (Bismarck, ND)

Transmission Companies
Large:                         Tennessee Gas Pipeline (Houston, TX)
Medium:                      Eastern Shore Natural Gas (Dover, DE)

Vehicle Safety Achievement Award winners include, by category:

Local Distribution Utilities  
UGI Central Penn Gas (Reading, PA)

Combination Utilities
Consumers Energy (Jackson, MI)

Transmission Utilities
CenterPoint Energy Pipelines (Houston, TX)

Small Member Companies
Crossroads Pipeline (Bremen, IN)
Northern Indiana Fuel & Light (Auburn, IN)

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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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