From NiSource's Columbia Pipeline Group on Monday:
Springfield Township, Ohio, November 4, 2013—Springfield Township Trustee Robert Orr today announced that a recent $40,000 donation will be earmarked for emergency responder services throughout the township. The donation was presented to Springfield Township on behalf of NiSource Midstream Services through the NiSource Charitable Foundation, which was created to support and build strong and sustainable communities. NiSource Midstream Services is a part of NiSource’s Columbia Pipeline Group.
In receiving the donation, Mr. Orr said, “Our first responders give their all to the communities they serve. The health and safety of the people of Springfield Township, as well as our first responders, is of the utmost important to us, and this donation will enable us to enhance the services we’re able to provide to the community.”
Springfield Township is in Ohio's Mahoning County.
NiSource Midstream Services is in the process of constructing the Hickory Bend Gathering System and processing plant in Springfield Township on behalf of Pennant Midstream, LLC (Pennant). Pennant is a joint venture between NiSource and Harvest Pipeline Company (an affiliate of Hilcorp Energy Company). The companies held a dedication ceremony at the site of its Hickory Bend processing facility in Springfield Township, Ohio, on October 28, 2013. The facility is part of a $375 million dollar investment in the area and the dedication was attended by leadership of Mahoning and Columbiana Counties, as well as the Honorable John R. Kasich, Governor of Ohio, who addressed the crowd during the ceremony.
Chad Zamarin, NiSource Midstream Services chief operating officer and Pennant president, emphasized the importance of local communities to the Hickory Bend project. “At NiSource, we have been a part of the Ohio community for over a century through our Columbia Gas companies. We chose Springfield Township as the heart of our Pennant system, where we can support the economic development of this area. We thank Springfield Township and its leadership, and we are pleased to be able to give back to the community.”
Mr. Orr also stressed the need for safe operations in Ohio’s oil and gas industry. “The natural gas industry continues to support economic growth in our area, and it’s bringing jobs to Ohio. However, this growth must happen in a safe and responsible manner. NiSource is a company that has been a good neighbor to us, and has committed to provide safe, reliable and responsible natural gas gathering and processing in our community.”
Springfield Township’s emergency responders are in the process of collaborating with training personnel on the operations which will take place at the Hickory Bend Processing Plant and are familiar with the site and its workers.
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