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 AGA Recognizes Industry Safety Leaders   

Twenty-four 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 for achieving outstanding performance in worker safety for 2013. Safety is the number one priority for the natural gas 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.

“The men and women who operate America’s natural gas delivery systems are the reason our customers are able to count on the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to fuel their daily needs,” said AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy. “As we work to achieve the highest possible level of service for customers, we are also focused on the safety of our workers. Protecting the well-being of this skilled and dedicated workforce is essential to ensuring Americans can access the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas for decades to come. I applaud our award recipients and congratulate them for their strong safety record.” 

AGA’s Annual Operations Conference opened on May 21 in Pittsburgh, with 1,000 attendees and approximately 120 presentations focusing on pipeline safety, employee safety programs, environmental safeguards and more.

The following AGA member companies earned 2013 Safety Achievement Awards in worker safety for having the lowest injury rate for companies of their type:

Columbia Gas of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
Columbia Pipeline Group (Houston, TX)
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania (Canonsburg, PA)
COMGÁS (São Paulo, Brazil)
Dominion East Ohio (Cleveland, OH)
Duke Energy (Cincinnati, OH)
Eastern Shore Natural Gas Co. (Dover, DE)
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. (Ontario, Canada)
Florida Public Utilities Company (Winter Haven, FL)
Louisville Gas and Electric Company (Louisville, KY)
National Gas & Oil (Newark, OH)
PECO Energy Company (Philadelphia, PA)
Puget Sound Energy (Bellevue, WA)

The following AGA member companies earned 2013 Safety Achievement Awards in fleet safety for having the lowest motor vehicle accident rate for companies of their type:

Alabama Gas (Birmingham, AL)
Alliant Energy (Madison, WI)
Ameren Corporation (St. Louis, MO)
Chesapeake Utilities (Dover, DE)
Dominion Hope (Clarksburg, WV)
Iberdrola USA (New Gloucester, ME)
MidAmerican Energy (Des Moines, IA)
National Fuel Gas Supply (Williamsville, NY)
South Jersey Gas (Folsom, NJ)
Union Gas Limited, A Spectra Energy Company (Chatham, Ontario, Canada)
Westfield Gas & Electric (Westfield, MA)

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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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