Columbia Gas Transmission Announces Union Labor Commitment for Line MB Extension
May 21, 2013
HUNT VALLEY, Md. (May 21, 2013) – Columbia Gas Transmission (Columbia) today announced that construction of the Line MB pipeline planned across Baltimore County and Harford County will be performed by union labor.
“This estimated $131 million project is a critical component of Columbia’s modernization efforts and our Line MB serves as a backbone of Maryland’s natural gas delivery system. Having the right experience and skills dedicated to this project is paramount to its success,” said Jimmy D. Staton, Columbia’s executive vice president and group CEO. “We know that by working with local unions, we will meet our high safety and environmental protection standards.”
The Line MB is proposed to be built roughly parallel to Columbia’s existing Line MA, extending Line MB between its existing Owings Mills metering and regulation station in Baltimore County, Maryland and Rutledge Compressor Station in Harford County, Maryland. The project is designed to improve interstate natural gas service reliability for local utilities that serve residents and businesses in Central Maryland and surrounding regions. It is also designed to reduce system vulnerability to pipeline outages and to better facilitate pipeline safety inspections without disrupting natural gas service.
All of the bidding contractors who are being considered as finalists to build the 21.1-mile pipeline have agreed to employ union workers, including from the Operating Engineers, Laborers, Teamsters and Welders. The project is expected to cost about $131 million for construction. The winning contractor is expected to be selected and announced by Columbia this summer.
“Our members look forward to going to work and helping to ensure a reliable, safe flow of natural gas to tens of thousands of people living in Central Maryland,” said Rod Easter, president of the Baltimore Building and Construction Trades Council. “I appreciate the confidence that Columbia has expressed in the experience and skills of our members, and homeowners along the route can be assured that this project will be completed with safety and environment protection as top priorities.”
“This type of project is exactly what our members are trained to do, using state-of-the art technology to maximize safety and minimize disruptions,” said Joe Shanahan, business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 37 on Harford Road. “We look forward to getting started on this project and delivering the high quality work that our members are known for.”
“Too many of our members remain unemployed or under-employed, and projects like this are critical to putting them back to work while improving our region’s infrastructure,” said Jermaine Jones of the Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 710 on Belair Road. “We are pleased that our members will play a major role in building this pipeline.”
Columbia has been working with residents of Baltimore County and Harford County for approximately 18 months to outline the pipeline and share information about such issues as safety procedures and construction techniques. The project is currently under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and in the process of obtaining environmental permits from federal, state and local officials. Construction is expected to begin later this year and completed in 2015.
For more information on this project, visit www.columbiapipelinegroup.com.
About Columbia Pipeline Group: As units of NiSource Inc., the CPG companies include Columbia Gas Transmission, Columbia Gulf Transmission, Crossroads Pipeline, Central Kentucky Transmission and Hardy Storage. Combined with CPG’s operation of Millennium Pipeline Company, the CPG companies operate about 15,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline and 37 storage fields, delivering over 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per year. For more information about Columbia Pipeline Group, please visit www.columbiapipelinegroup.com. Connect with CPG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/columbiapipelinegroup.
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