Atlanta Gas Light Company Program Reduces Pipeline Disruptions.
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 25, 2003
Atlanta Gas Light Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGLC), commonly known as Atlanta Gas Light, is the largest natural gas wholesaler in the Southeast U.S., and is the AGL in AGL Resources. It was founded in 1856 and is headquartered in Atlanta, as is AGL Resources. Company (AGLC AGLC Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (Canada)
AGLC Atlanta Gas Light Company ) reminds contractors, builders and homeowners to "Call Before You Dig." The service is free, and it protects lives and property.
By promoting the safety program, AGLC has seen incidences of damage to its 55,584-mile pipeline system decline by 36.4 percent from a high of 6,968 in 1999 to 4,431 in 2002.
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3. Colleen Heflin, AGLC manager of damage prevention. During that period, there were 804 incidences in comparison to 891 for the same period of January through March 2002.
The company offers a free pipeline locating service through the Georgia Utilities Protection Center (UPC (Universal Product Code) The standard bar code printed on retail merchandise, which is administered by GS1 US, Brussels, Belgium and Lawrenceville, NJ (www.gs1.org). ) to anyone, from commercial developers erecting high-rises to homeowners installing mailboxes. The service locates and marks natural gas pipelines hidden underground that could be damaged through excavation.
"From January to March of this year, 39.2 percent of the damages to AGLC facilities were caused by people who did not call to request to have our pipelines located and marked prior to excavating," said Heflin.
A consequence of metro Atlanta's recent growth has been that contractors and builders sometimes accidentally cut natural gas lines as well as other utilities such as water, telephones and cable. In addition to commercial builders, the AGLC program also targets homeowners and municipal workers, Heflin added. She encourages homeowners to call UPC before installing sprinkler systems, mailboxes, fences or landscaping.
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Heflin said AGLC coordinates closely with the Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC GPSC Georgia Public Service Commission
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In addition, AGLC has seven "damage prevention specialists" on staff who educate local officials, building contractors and other excavators about the importance of locating utilities before construction begins. AGLC instigated its damage prevention program during the 1999 building boom in metro Atlanta by working jointly with the GPSC.
"The average cost to repair a pipeline is about $850," Heflin said. "But the cost in terms of lost time and productivity and the inconvenience to the public when there is a natural gas damage is much greater, and a damage can be dangerous as well. This program does not just protect our pipelines. It also protects the public and our employees."
The number for the Georgia Utilities Protection Center is 800.282.7411, and its website is www.gaupc.com.
About Atlanta Gas Light Company
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About AGL Resources
AGL Resources Inc. (NYSE: ATG) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company. Its utility subsidiaries - Atlanta Gas Light Company, Virginia Natural Gas and Chattanooga Gas Company - serve approximately 1.9 million customers in three states. Houston-based subsidiary Sequent Energy Management provides natural gas asset management and producer services. As a member of the SouthStar partnership, AGL Resources markets natural gas to consumers in Georgia under the Georgia Natural Gas brand. AGL (programming) AGL - (Atelier de Genie Logiciel) French for IPSE. Networks, the company's telecommunications subsidiary, owns and operates a fiber optic network in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.