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Elizabethtown Gas receives approval to increase safety-related investments in pipeline infrastructure

UNION, NJ – Elizabethtown Gas, a subsidiary of AGL Resources Inc. (NYSE: GAS), announced today that it has received approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to implement its Accelerated Infrastructure Replacement Program (AIR) to continue its investment in the natural gas pipeline system. 
  
By approving the AIR program, the BPU authorized Elizabethtown Gas to spend an additional $115 million over the next four years to accelerate the rate at which the utility will replace bare steel and cast-iron gas pipelines. The modernization plan supports Elizabethtown Gas’ ongoing mission to provide safe and reliable natural gas service. 
  
“Our accelerated infrastructure replacement plan will allow us to modernize our distribution system by taking a risk-based approach to identifying some of the older mains and services for replacement,” said Brian MacLean, vice president of operations for Elizabethtown Gas. “The newer, more durable pipeline materials will make our natural gas system even safer and more reliable.” 
  
The program serves as an extension of Elizabethtown Gas’ infrastructure replacement, reinforcement and expansion program, which began in 2009. During the last two years, the company replaced nearly 100 miles of natural gas pipe and created approximately 170 engineering, design and construction jobs statewide. 
  
While the infrastructure projects will have no an immediate impact on customer rates, the BPU has authorized Elizabethtown Gas to make these needed investments and defer cost recovery until the company’s next rate case, which will be made no later than September 1, 2016. 
  
“Since 2009, we have invested more than $100 million in critical infrastructure projects to improve safe operations of our distribution system,” said MacLean. “This project will help invest in the future of New Jersey by supporting the state’s economic and environmental goals, while providing customers with the energy source they depend on – abundant, American and affordable natural gas.” 
  
For more information, visit www.elizabethtowngas.com 

About Elizabethtown Gas

Elizabethtown Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), provides natural gas delivery service to approximately 277,000 residential, business and industrial natural gas customers in New Jersey. In operation since 1855, the company serves parts of Union, Middlesex, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Mercer counties. For more information, visit www.elizabethtowngas.com 
  

About AGL Resources 

AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services, midstream operations and cargo shipping. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves approximately 630,000 retail energy customers and approximately 1.2 million customer service contracts through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management, ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities, and ownership of Tropical Shipping, one of the largest containerized cargo carriers serving the Bahamas and Caribbean region. AGL Resources is a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com. 

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