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Elkton Gas Reminds Customers to Dial 811 Before Digging

Elkton, MD, April 3, 2019 – April kicks-off the digging season, with homeowners and contractors tackling outdoor projects as the temperatures rise. Elkton Gas, in collaboration with damage prevention advocates and utilities across the nation, recognizes April as Safe Digging Month and encourages customers to call 811 before starting any digging project.

By law, Maryland residents are required to make the free call to 811 to be connected to Miss Utility, who then notifies utilities of a customer’s intent to dig. In partnership with professional locators, utilities will mark the location of all service lines with spray paint or flags. Yellow markers, for example, indicate the location of natural gas lines. Once utility lines are marked, as a safety precaution and to ensure continuity of services, it is crucial that customers avoid digging around these areas and if digging is required customers are encouraged to hand dig carefully around the marks.

“Safety is our top priority, said Christie McMullen, president, Elkton Gas. “Something as simple as digging up a flower bed without knowing the location of underground utilities can have significant consequences - from safety implications and costly repairs to disruption of utility services. We encourage our customers and excavators to take advantage of this free service and call 811 before any digging project.”

For more information about natural gas safety, including safe digging tips, visit elktongas.com/safety

About Elkton Gas

Elkton Gas, subsidiary of SJI (NYSE: SJI), delivers safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to approximately 7,000 residential and commercial customers in Cecil county Maryland. For more information, visit elktongas.com.

About SJI

SJI (NYSE: SJI), an energy services holding company based in Folsom, NJ, delivers energy services to its customers through three primary subsidiaries. SJI Utilities, SJI's regulated natural gas utility business, delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas to approximately 681,000 South Jersey Gas, Elizabethtown Gas and Elkton Gas customers in New Jersey and Maryland. SJI's non-utility businesses within South Jersey Energy Solutions promote efficiency, clean technology and renewable energy by providing customized wholesale commodity marketing and fuel management services; and developing, owning and operating on-site energy production facilities. SJI Midstream houses the company's interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project. Visit sjindustries.com for more information about SJI and its subsidiaries.

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