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Elizabethtown Gas Promotes Safe Digging on National 811 Day

UNION, NJ – Aug. 10, 2015 – If building a deck or installing sprinklers still are on top of your to-do list this summer, Elizabethtown Gas is reminding homeowners and professional contractors to call 8-1-1 at least three working days before starting any project that requires digging or excavation.

This reminder coincides with National 811 Day on Aug.11, a day that promotes the use of the free service to locate and mark underground utility lines to help prevent serious injury, costly property damage and inconvenient utility service interruptions.

Elizabethtown Gas is providing the following safe digging guidelines for homeowners and contractors:

  • Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig: When starting an outdoor project involving digging, customers are advised to make calling New Jersey One Call at 8-1-1 or 800.272.1000 a part of their plans. Calls to the free locating service can be made up to 10 days in advance.  The requests to have utility operators mark underground facilities, including natural gas, electric, water, sewer, telephone and cable lines, can be made 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Wait the Required Time: Before doing any digging, customers are urged to call 8-1-1 and wait the required time to have underground utility lines marked. The approximate location of underground utility lines will be marked with color-coded spray paint, flags or stakes that correspond to the utility. The color used for natural gas is yellow.
  • Respect the Marks: Once the lines are marked, use the appropriate digging methods, which may include hand tools, and dig no closer than 24 inches from the marked utility lines.
  • Dig with Care: Make sure the marks remain visible during the project. If they are illegible or removed, customers are encouraged to call 8-1-1 to have the lines re-marked. If a natural gas line is accidentally damaged or the distinct odor of gas is present, call 800.492.4009 from a safe location. Do not operate any machinery or any equipment that might cause a spark.

For information about natural gas safety, visit elizabethtowngas.com.

About Elizabethtown Gas
Elizabethtown Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), provides natural gas delivery service to approximately 281,000 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 and midstream operations. 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 and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. AGL Resources is a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.

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