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Yankee Gas Services Company
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
(800) 989-0900

News Release
Office:(860) 665-3931
State’s one-call system can be reached toll-free at 1-800-922-4455

BERLIN, Conn., April 21, 2005—As the spring and summer construction season begins, the state’s four natural gas utilities—Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation (CNG), The Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG), Yankee Gas Services Company and Norwich Public Utilities—remind excavators to “call before you dig” to prevent rupturing or damaging utility lines, such as natural gas mains and other underground utility services.

Call Before You Dig, Inc. (CBYD) is Connecticut’s free, one-call system whose primary objective is to prevent damage to underground utilities in the state. An excavator need call only one statewide toll-free number, 1-800-922-4455, to notify the CBYD clearinghouse. At no charge to the contractor, CBYD then notifies the owners and operators of underground facilities, such as natural gas utilities, of proposed excavation work.

“The stated purpose of CBYD is to protect the public safety with regard to excavations near underground utility facilities,” said John F Bilda, Assistant General Manager, Norwich Public Utilities. “CBYD operators are professionally trained to obtain the specific information necessary to allow personnel to accurately mark out underground utilities. Correctly identifying these utilities prevents injuries to the public as well as avoids costly damage to an underground utility.
Not only is CBYD the law, it is the only smart thing to do.”

The law requires anyone who plans to use power or mechanized equipment for excavation to notify the CBYD central clearinghouse at least two full working days before the start of the project. CBYD also must be notified before any permits are secured from any public agency.

“We work with Call Before You Dig and contractors to make sure that underground natural gas lines are properly located and marked before excavation begins,” said Christopher L. Beschler, vice president of Operations, Yankee Gas, and a board member of CBYD. “The purpose of the law is to protect the excavator and the public from serious injuries that can result if an underground utility is damaged.”

“Safety is always our top priority. Remember to protect yourself and those around you to avoid underground utility lines by becoming educated and following all of the "Call Before You Dig" regulations," said Robert M. Allessio, Executive Vice President and COO of Connecticut Natural Gas and The Southern Connecticut Gas Company.

Once approved for excavation by CBYD, contractors must follow strict guidelines for digging around and near underground utilities. For example, excavators must dig by hand around natural gas mains and services. And excavation notices from CBYD must be renewed every 30 days. For more information on specific guidelines, call the CBYD clearinghouse toll-free, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1-800-922-4455. Or visit CBYD on the Web at www.cbyd.com.

Call Before You Dig, Inc., is a state regulated, nonprofit organization made up of all public utilities and municipalities within the state of Connecticut. Call Before You Dig also sponsors monthly safety meetings, as well as excavator workshops, on preventing damage to underground utilities at its Hamden office. For more information, call CBYD Center Manager William Petersen at (203) 248-5502.

Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation (CNG) and The Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG) are subsidiaries of Energy East Corporation (NYSE:EAS). Together we serve over 325,000 customers in 45 cities and towns in Connecticut. For more information about CNG, visit www.cngcorp.com. For more information about SCG, visit www.soconngas.com. For more information about Energy East, visit www.energyeast.com

Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) provides electric, gas, water and sewers services to the Norwich community. As a municipal utility owned by the citizens of Norwich, NPU exists for the good of the community and actively promotes Norwich through leadership in community development. Norwich Public Utilities was founded in 1904 and is currently celebrating 100 years of public service. For more information about NPU, visit www.norwichpublicutilities.com.

Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas) is Connecticut's largest natural gas distribution company, delivering safe, reliable natural gas service to approximately 194,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. Yankee Gas is expanding Connecticut's energy options and increasing customer choice by extending the availability of clean, efficient natural gas throughout the state. Yankee Gas is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.yankeegas.com.

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