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

www.yankeegas.com
News Release
  
State's Natural Gas Utilities Support Work Zone Safety Awareness Week  
MEDIA CONTACT:Mary B. Ingarra, Yankee GasRobert Brennan, SCG/CNG
Office:(860) 665-6212(203) 382-8639
 
BERLIN, Conn., April 4, 2003 – The state’s three natural gas utilities, Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation (CNG), Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG) and Yankee Gas Services Company have announced their full support for the state’s “Work Zone Safety Awareness Week” Campaign - April 6-12 across Connecticut. Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration, “Work Zone Safety Awareness Week” was developed to promote the safety of workers and motorists when driving through highway work zones. “Construction season in Connecticut means there’s an increase in the number of utility employees working near or in roadways,” said Christopher L. Beschler, vice president of Operations, Yankee Gas. “We join with other Connecticut utilities in asking motorists to look out for our employees, slow down and pay attention to speed limits when driving through work zones. We are committed to the safety of our employees and want them to return home safely to their families at the end of the work day.”
"Our employees are out working in the streets and travelling the highways every day, so roadway safety has long been one of our primary concerns," said Robert Allessio, vice president Operations for CNG and SCG. "Today's high tech driving machines come equipped with plenty of distractions, so it's more important than ever for drivers everywhere to stay focused once
behind the wheel."
To show their support for the initiative, CNG, SCG and Yankee Gas display “Slow Down For Work Zones” bumper stickers on all of their work vehicles all year round. In addition, all three utilities are including information about "Work Zone Safety" this spring in all customer bills. Representatives from the three utilities will attend Lt. Gov. Jodi Rell’s press conference today at the I-91 southbound rest area in Wallingford to kick off the week-long event.
According to ConnDOT, 27 incidents were reported at its work sites in 2002. Seven involved personal injury to DOT employees and 17 involved injuries to motorists. So far this year, five accidents have been reported in DOT work zones which involved property damage only. Nationwide, more than 8,000 fatalities have been reported in highway work zones involving both highway workers and the public.
Next week, Connecticut drivers can expect to see billboards advising them to “Slow Down for Work Zones”. The State Police are also enforcing speed limits at construction and maintenance work sites through “Operation Big Orange”.

Yankee Energy System, Inc., (YES) which is part of the Northeast Utilities system, includes Yankee Gas Services Company, the largest natural gas distribution company in Connecticut serving approximately 191,000 customers in 70 cities and towns throughout the state. Yankee Energy also includes Yankee Energy Financial Services Company, which provides a full range of residential and commercial energy equipment financing options. Further information about YES can be obtained from its Web sites: www.yankeeenergy.com, www.yankeegas.com and www.yankeefinancialservices.com.

Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation (CNG) and The Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG) are subsidiaries of Energy East Corporation (NYSE:EAS), a super-regional energy services and delivery company in the Northeast. Energy East serves nearly 3 million customers (1.8 million electricity, 1 million natural gas and 300,000 other retail energy customers) throughout upstate New York and New England. 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



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