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 Natural Gas Utilities Recognize Safety Leaders   

Fifteen companies Receive Safety Achievement Awards

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) today recognized a number of natural gas utilities and transmission companies at its Annual Operations Conference and Biennial Exhibition for achieving outstanding records for employee safety, motor vehicle safety and accident prevention. Safety is the number one priority for the natural gas distribution and transmission industry. AGA is committed to promoting a culture of safety among its more than 200 member companies and their employees to build on the industry’s long history of safely and reliably delivering the nation’s most efficient, abundant, clean energy source to homes and businesses.

“America’s natural gas utilities operate the safest, most reliable energy delivery system in the country,” said AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy. “That record is built on the tireless and dedicated work of natural gas employees across AGA’s membership. I applaud our award recipients and thank them for their commitment to keeping our employees and communities safe.”

AGA’s Annual Operations Conference and Biennial Exhibition opened on May 21 in Orlando, with more than 1700 attendees and over 120 presentations on pipeline safety, advances in pipeline construction, employee safety programs, environmental safeguards and more. The 80,000 sq. ft. exhibition features more than 200 natural gas distribution and transmission vendors.

The 2012 Safety Achievement Award recipients are:

Knoxville Utilities Board (Knoxville, TN)
Intermountain Gas Company (Boise, ID)
TECO Peoples Gas (Tampa, FL)
We Energies (Milwaukee, WI)
COMGÁS (São Paulo, Brazil)
Columbia Gas of Ohio (Columbus, OH)
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. (Ontario, Canada)
CoServ Gas, Ltd. (Corinth, TX)
PECO Energy (Philadelphia, PA)
ONEOK Natural Gas Pipeline Company (Tulsa, OK)
Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc. (Owensboro, KY)

The following AGA member companies earned 2012 Safety Achievement Awards by experiencing the lowest motor vehicle accident rate for companies of their type:

UniSource Energy Services (Tucson, AZ)
Liberty Utilities (Salem, NH)
Dow Pipeline Company (Freeport, TX)
Cheniere Pipeline Company – Creole Trail Pipeline (Cameron, LA)

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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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