“EWWWW!” That was the collective reaction of more than 200 kids when they smelled the natural gas scratch and sniff cards when I visited some of our youngest customers recently. I made the trip to summer camps for kindergarteners in Lawrence Township and West Deptford, NJ as part of PSE&G’s Natural Gas Safety Program. During the program children used the cards to identify the smell of natural gas (think rotten eggs) to help them detect a leak. Continue reading
High school graduation and the Fourth of July parade both could have been interrupted in Chatham Borough last year had PSE&G not been accommodating and professional while undertaking Gas System Modernization Program upgrades, according to borough officials.
Recent news of natural gas explosions in parts of the United States has left many residents wondering if they are at risk. After such incidents, our gas technicians and inspectors in the field receive many more questions than usual. Our company prioritizes safety and we work hard to protect the communities we serve, as well as our systems, so we’re able to provide many reassurances. Continue reading
When PSE&G replaced aging gas pipes in the Borough of Westwood as part of its Gas System Modernization Program, the work took crews right in front of The Iron Horse Restaurant on Washington Avenue. Needless to say, The Iron Horse owner Lee Tremble was concerned about how this work would impact his business. After all, closing the restaurant or blocking pedestrians would mean losing customers and money. Much to his surprise, that wasn’t the case.
“It was pretty much an extraordinary experience,” said Tremble. “PSE&G worked around my schedule. The crew started work early and made sure to finish their work by the time I opened each day at 11:30 a.m. I never lost one minute of operation. And when the first bill came after the upgrade, the gas part of my bill went down because everything was running more efficiently. Everything PSE&G said they were going to do, came to be.”
Within an hour on the morning of Jan. 21, a major energy transportation company experienced a rupture to a gas transmission pipeline in Ohio and an equipment malfunction in Rhode Island. The first incident severely injured two people and damaged area homes while the second precipitated a gas outage for more than 10,000 people. In winter’s cold, no one wants to be without heat, or worse, injured in a gas incident.
When Judy Cariani was notified last June that PSE&G planned to replace natural gas lines in her Springfield neighborhood, she admits that she was skeptical.
They have more in common than meets the eye
With a wife who is a fitness instructor, Steve Resnick has some “interesting” conversations at home about his third-generation, family business – which sells candy, tobacco and thousands of other products to convenience stores in New Jersey, seven other states and the District of Columbia. Continue reading
After Superstorm Sandy devastated portions of New Jersey nearly six years ago, PSE&G received approval for major upgrades to its electric and gas systems to make them more resilient to this kind of severe storm. Since 2014, under our Energy Strong program, we have raised or eliminated 26 electrical switching and substations, replaced 240 miles of low-pressure gas pipes in flood-prone areas and reinforced electrical pathways that serve critical customers such as hospitals, waste water treatment facilities and pumping stations, among others. Continue reading
Providing safe, reliable gas service to roughly 1.8 million customers across New Jersey is a big responsibility, and one we take very seriously at PSE&G. That’s why we have undertaken a multi-year program to update older portions of our network of 34,500 miles of underground pipes – enough to circle the earth and then some. About 4,000 miles of that network consist of century-old cast-iron and unprotected steel pipe that is showing its age. Although our service reliability continues to be excellent, we’re not waiting for problems to find us. Continue reading
Many times kids can identify hazards and call attention to unsafe situations better than adults because they rely on their instincts and are quick to point out something that seems wrong. That’s why they make the perfect audience for a talk on gas safety.