WPC’s Water Conservation Projects Receive $20,000 from Columbia Gas

Wed, May 25th 2011, 14:12. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – May 25, 2011 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will receive a contribution of over $20,000, thanks to more than 2,000 Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. customers who enrolled in the company’s Direct E-Bill paperless billing during the first quarter of 2011.

“We are pleased to be a part of Columbia Gas’ effort to promote and foster a cleaner environment,” said Tom Saunders, president and CEO of the Conservancy. “Their contribution will help the Conservancy protect and restore our creeks and monitor aquatic wildlife in our Western Pennsylvania streams.”

On January 1, Columbia Gas announced that for every customer who enrolled in the paperless billing service through April 1, the company would contribute $10 to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s freshwater conservation efforts. Restoration work is currently underway at the Buffalo Creek Watershed in Washington County, the Spring Creek Watershed in Elk County and the Anderson Creek Watershed in Clearfield County.

“Columbia Gas is committed to promoting and nurturing a cleaner, more sustainable environment,” said Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania President Carol Fox. “The enrollment of more than 2,000 customers in our Direct E-Bill paperless billing during the first three months of 2011 is a testament to our civic- and environmentally-minded customers and the important role as environmental stewards they see for themselves and Columbia Gas.”

Columbia’s partnership with the Conservancy provides its customers a unique opportunity to help address the global environmental issues locally.

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About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC helped to establish ten state parks, conserved nearly 230,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

About Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, with local headquarters in Canonsburg, Pa. (Washington County), serves approximately 414,000 customers in 26 counties. It is one of the 10 energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). NiSource distribution companies serve 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers primarily in nine states. Visit Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania online at www.ColumbiaGasPa.com.

Media contact:
Eric Sloss
Director of Communications
(412) 586-2358

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3)
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