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Elizabethtown Gas Reminds Customers to Dial 811 Before Digging

Union, NJ, April 3, 2019 – April kicks off the digging season, with homeowners and contractors tackling outdoor projects as the temperatures rise. Elizabethtown Gas, in collaboration with damage prevention advocates and utilities across the nation, recognizes April as Safe Digging Month and encourages customers to call 811 before starting any digging project.

By law, New Jersey residents are required to make the free call to 811 to be connected to the New Jersey One-Call Center, who then notifies utilities of a customer’s intent to dig. In partnership with professional locators, utilities will mark the location of all service lines with spray paint or flags. Yellow markers, for example, indicate the location of natural gas lines. Once utility lines are marked, as a safety precaution and to ensure continuity of services, it is crucial that customers avoid digging around these areas and, if digging is required, customers are encouraged to hand dig carefully around the marks.

“Safety is our top priority, said Christie McMullen, president, Elizabethtown Gas. “Something as simple as digging up a flower bed without knowing the location of underground utilities can have significant consequences - from safety implications and costly repairs to disruption of utility services. We encourage our customers and excavators to take advantage of this free service and call 811 before any digging project.”

In honor of Safe Digging Month on April 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in partnership with Kinder Morgan and supported by the New Jersey One-Call Center, Elizabethtown Gas will host a Safe Digging Month Event at the Home Depot located on 1555 Saint George Avenue, Colonia. The event includes educational safe digging materials for homeowners and excavators, and free lunch, while supplies last.

For more information about natural gas safety, including safe digging tips, visit elizabethtowngas.com/safety.

About Elizabethtown Gas

Elizabethtown Gas, subsidiary of SJI (NYSE: SJI), delivers safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to approximately 292,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in parts of Union, Middlesex, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Mercer counties. For four years in a row, Elizabethtown Gas has ranked highest in customer satisfaction for residential gas service among east midsize utilities by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit elizabethtowngas.com.

About SJI

SJI (NYSE: SJI), an energy services holding company based in Folsom, NJ, delivers energy services to its customers through three primary subsidiaries. SJI Utilities, SJI's regulated natural gas utility business, delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas to approximately 681,000 South Jersey Gas, Elizabethtown Gas and Elkton Gas customers in New Jersey and Maryland. SJI's non-utility businesses within South Jersey Energy Solutions promote efficiency, clean technology and renewable energy by providing customized wholesale commodity marketing and fuel management services; and developing, owning and operating on-site energy production facilities. SJI Midstream houses the company's interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project. Visit sjindustries.com for more information about SJI and its subsidiaries.

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