SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP - A $40,000 donation made on behalf of NiSource Midstream Services will be earmarked for emergency response services, trustees in this Mahoning County community announced Monday.
The township received the donation from the NiSource Charitable Foundation. NiSource is in the process of constructing the Hickory Bend Gathering System and processing plant in the township on behalf of Pennant Midstream LLC. The facility is part of a $375 million investment in the area. It was dedicated in a high-profile event attended by Gov. John Kasich and other elected officials.
Trustee Robert Orr today announced that a recent $40,000 donation will be earmarked for emergency responder services throughout the township.
"Our first responders give their all to the communities they serve," Orr said in a prepared statement released Monday by NiSource. "The health and safety of the people of Springfield Township, as well as our first responders, is of the utmost important to us, and this donation will enable us to enhance the services we're able to provide to the community."
Chad Zamarin, NiSource Midstream Services chief operating officer and Pennant president, emphasized the importance of local communities to the Hickory Bend project.
"At NiSource, we have been a part of the Ohio community for over a century through our Columbia Gas companies. We chose Springfield Township as the heart of our Pennant system, where we can support the economic development of this area. We thank Springfield Township and its leadership, and we are pleased to be able to give back to the community."
Orr, meanwhile, stressed the need for safe operations in Ohio's oil and gas industry.
"The natural gas industry continues to support economic growth in our area, and it's bringing jobs to Ohio. However, this growth must happen in a safe and responsible manner."
So far he said NiSource has been a good neighbor by committing to safe responsible natural gas gathering and processing.
Springfield Township's emergency responders are in the process of collaborating with training personnel on the operations which will take place at the Hickory Bend Processing Plant and are familiar with the site and its workers.