LAWRENCE, Kan. – March 12, 2018 — During the chill of a winter’s morning, steam safely vents from neighborhood rooftops covered in frost. Inside those homes, families are safe and warm enjoying a hot shower or a freshly cooked breakfast on their natural gas range thanks in part to the natural gas utility workers in your community who keep the natural gas safely flowing - no matter the weather or time of day. It’s because of this focus on safety and dedication to customer service that National Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day is observed on March 18 of each year.
On March 18 in 1937, a tragic explosion occurred in a New London, Texas, school. The event led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on safety. This odorant has a distinct rotten-egg like smell that enables natural gas leaks to be easily detected. This year, Black Hills Energy will recognize their team members who take the time and care to ensure the safety of the natural gas system in your community by observing national Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day on March 16.
Black Hills Energy employees are responsible for safely maintaining approximately 3,200 total miles of natural gas transmission and distribution lines in the state. And our 120 employees carefully maintain those lines to make sure homes and businesses in Kansas receive the natural gas they need. In addition to making sure that customers’ homes are kept warm during the winter, our employees can also be counted on to volunteer for many community service events including annual United Way campaigns to lend a helping hand to folks in need.
“We are observing March 16 to recognize our natural gas utility workers and the other utility workers who safely provide natural gas to customers across the country,” said Jerry Watkins, general manager of Kansas operations. “Our first priority is always public safety, and we are committed to serving the needs of customers. Our Black Hills Energy employees commit daily to safely deliver natural gas. It’s because of their safe work ethic and dedication to customer service that we celebrate their efforts, not just today, but every day.”