Piedmont Natural Gas and City Utilities of Springfield Teams Win the 2009 National Gas Rodeo

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Two world record times, challenging weather and new Champions marked the 15th Annual National Gas Rodeo. Congratulations to this year's winners, Insane Methane, the 4 person Team from Piedmont Natural Gas and the Gashouse Gorillas, the 2 person team from City Utilities of Springfield.

Two world record times, challenging weather and new Champions marked the 15th Annual National Gas Rodeo. Congratulations to this year's winners, Insane Methane, the 4 person Team from Piedmont Natural Gas and the Gashouse Gorillas, the 2 person team from City Utilities of Springfield.

4-person highlights:

"I never thought the 38 second hand dig time would be beat," said Pat Wentworth, National Gas Rodeo head judge from NiSource-Columbia Gas of Ohio, "and then one Piedmont team comes in with 32 seconds and a few minutes after that, another Piedmont team registers a 31 second time… incredible!"

The two-time reigning champs, the Trouble Shooters from Atlanta Gas Light were gracious in their defeat offering congratulatory handshakes for each member of Insane Methane Piedmont team.

2 person highlights:

In a show of ultimate domination, the Gashouse Gorillas, 2 person team from City Utilities of Springfield, had the best time in every event, both qualifying and relay, with the exception of a first-ever tie of 23.07 seconds for the Pipe Cut with the Outlaws from ALAGASCO.

It is the competitive spirit, the outstanding sportsmanship, and the genuine care for your peers that sets this event apart from all others in the gas industry, and makes you all true champions. Congratulations!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The 16th Annual National Gas Rodeo will take place on Saturday, September 18th at Everett Moody Park at Longacre, Fairview Heights, Illinois - home of the National Gas Rodeo. For more information go to http://www.NationalGasRodeo.org.

The National Gas Rodeo thanks our sponsors, our committee members and volunteers without whom we could not do this.

Great Crews Just Don't Happen!

About the National Gas Rodeo:
The National Gas Rodeo is the proving ground for the elite gas crews from across the United States. The intense competition and camaraderie of the Rodeo offer competitors an opportunity to showcase their skills and professionalism. The National Gas Rodeo is proudly administered by Midwest ENERGY Association and supported by American Gas Association, American Public Gas Association, and Southern Gas Association.

About Midwest ENERGY Association:
Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) serves the people that bring electricity and natural gas to American homes and businesses. MEA was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by visionary distribution utilities in the Midwest to improve safety and efficiency. Utility companies nationwide now benefit from MEA's industry roundtables, operations conferences, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world's premier online training and testing system for the gas and electric utility distribution industry.

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