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Columbia Pipeline to fund youth programmes and pipeline safety education

World Pipelines,

As part of their ongoing commitment to the community, Columbia Pipeline Group, a subsidiary of NiSource, donated US$ 40 000 to support The Moraine Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s safe digging and camp conservation efforts.

The US$ 40 000 donation went in part to the Columbia Pipeline Group Sustainability Camp on 7 August, 2014, at Camp Agawam, which was hosted by the Moraine Trails Council. Boys and girls ages 6-18 were treated to a free day camp with activities including sustainability and service projects, swimming, archery and more.

“Columbia Pipeline Group is dedicated to safe and reliable operations,” said Public Awareness Manager, Carmella King. “It is our goal to educate future homeowners, construction workers and emergency responders on how they can partner with pipeline operators and keep their communities safe.”

The Moraine Trails Council will conduct conservation projects at Camp Bucoco and Camp Agawam this year and the donation will help fund the necessary education surrounding safe and responsible digging. Columbia will inform students of the hidden hazards that they could encounter and how to properly plan for this.

“We are thankful that Columbia has made youth safety a priority and is funding the educational resources to make this possible,” said Scout Executive and Chief Executive Officer Ray Tennant. “Our priority is to always conduct safe conservation projects, and they have the people and resources to ensure that we understand the safety aspects of properly planning and executing these projects.”

In addition to camp conservation efforts, Columbia’s donation will benefit at-risk youth through the Learning for Life programme, designed to build character, train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develop important life skills.

Adapted from press release by Hannah Priestley-Eaton

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