The interpretation, or misinterpretation, by the Sandusky Register of the Sandusky Fire Department's report following the explosion at Harrison Street is disappointing. The story claims that "poor piping connection from the basement to the garage was either the result of work done by a Columbia Gas worker or by (the) homeowner." However, further investigation would have offered a better understanding of what was said in the report.
In the state of Ohio, the customer service line (from the curb, to the meter, and any internal lines) is owned by the homeowner; in accordance, any work on the customer service line, in this case connections from the basement to the garage, is the responsibility of the homeowner.
The responsibility of Columbia Gas is to ensure safe, reliable delivery of natural gas and upon completion of our work at 1416 Harrison in the summer of 2007, natural gas delivery was safe. We are confident that the work completed by our service technician was done correctly. Our employees are thoroughly trained and extremely skilled and qualified. They take pride in their work and pride in the communities they serve.
Communications and Community Relations Manager
Columbia Gas of Ohio