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Black Hills Energy will celebrate employees’ dedication March 18

Black Hills Energy will observe National Natural Gas Utility Workers' Day on March 18.

Black Hills Energy technicians brave weather conditions throughout the year to keep citizens safe and comfortable in their homes. (Black Hills Energy)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Black Hills Energy will observe National Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day on March 18.

“Our first priority is always public safety, but we also want to recognize our team members for always being ready to answer the call whether it’s working late into the evening to ensure our customers have heat on a cold night or volunteering for a non-profit or a local fire department,” Vice President of Operations for Wyoming Mark Stege said in a news release the company issued today. “During another year of intense weather occurrences, our gas utility workers demonstrated their commitment to providing our community with safe, reliable and affordable natural gas. It’s because of their safe work ethic and dedication to customer service that we celebrate their efforts today and every day.”

The American Public Gas Association said that in 2015, it determined through a community poll that March 18 should be National Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day. On March 18, 1937, there was an incident at a New London, Texas school that led to increased emphasis on natural gas safety.

Black Hills Energy employees must safely maintain more than 6,000 miles of natural gas transmission and distribution lines in Wyoming for the more than 130,000 customers they serve, the release said. The employees also volunteer and support the Black Hills Cares program and annual United Way campaigns to lend a helping hand to neighbors in need.