For Release: 03/17/2017

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas will observe Natural Gas Utility Workers Day March 18

CHICAGO - Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas will observe the national Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day on March 18. This is the second year in which Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day has been officially celebrated across the country. On this day, communities recognize the employees who provide one of their most valuable assets – their natural gas service.

The March 18 date commemorates the New London, Texas, school explosion in 1937 that led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on safety. Safety is a vital aspect of natural gas distribution, and the employees of distribution companies endeavor to make natural gas delivery as safe as possible.

“Our employees are the key to the safety, communication and customer service for our company,” said Lori Flores Rolfson, vice president – operations and maintenance, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. “Their jobs are challenging, at times safety sensitive yet commitment to deliver natural gas safely and reliably to customers 365 days a year is unwavering.”

This day of recognition is intended to build public awareness about the hard work done by the employees of natural gas utilities.

Our customers depend on natural gas utility employees for reliable, affordable and safe energy. In 2016, our natural gas utility workers accomplished:


  • Completed nearly 500,000 inside safety inspections of meters for residential and business customers.


  • Completed a total of 430,000 customer service appointments.


  • Retired almost 100 miles of aging natural gas mains
  • Installed nearly 15,000 meters.

Customer service:

  • More than 450 people made nearly 158,000 customer satisfaction calls and spoke to nearly 85,000 customers.

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas looks forward to continuing to bring safe, reliable and affordable natural gas into your homes and businesses. We also hope you join us in supporting natural gas as a premier energy source for our country. As the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, natural gas can help us achieve energy security and build a more competitive economy.

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For More Information, Contact:

  • Vanessa Hall


WEC Energy Group