National Gas Utility Worker’s Day | The Flags We Fly

The Utility Workers Union of America flag will fly proudly outside One Energy Plaza in Jackson on March 18 as we celebrate National Gas Utility Worker’s Day.

To understand why March 18 is the chosen day, we have to go all the way back to 1937 in a small Texas town.

On March 18, 1937, a school exploded in New London, Texas. The blast, caused by a natural gas leak, killed more than 295 students and teachers – making it the deadliest school disaster in American history.

The devastating explosion caused the Texas Legislature to take immediate action. They mandated within weeks of the explosion that mercaptan be added to natural gas.

The strong “rotten egg” order of mercaptan makes the leaks quickly recognizable. If you smell the rotten egg odor, or notice other signs of a gas leak, leave the area immediately with your family. Report the leak by calling 9-1-1 and Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050. Learn more at

Today, Consumers Energy employees are in the trenches providing hometown service across many Michigan communities and helping deliver safe, affordable and reliable natural gas.

Our workers helped complete more than 60 natural gas improvement projects in 17 counties in 2017. This year they will continue to:

  • Replace natural gas distribution lines across Michigan as part of our Enhanced Infrastructure Replacement Program. In 2012, we launched the program which will replace 2,600 miles of pipe over a 25-year period. The project will cost about $2 billion.
  • Over at the Saginaw Trial Pipeline, we are replacing 78 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline in Saginaw, Genesee and Oakland counties. The project is a $610 million effort to replace aging pipeline dating to the 1940s with new 24-inch pipeline that helps us move more natural gas quickly, safely and efficiently.

We honor the men and women of Consumers Energy who work hard each and every day to supply the clean, affordable and reliable natural gas that our customers count on.

As we continue to focus on World Class Performance Delivering Hometown Service, we are flying flags that reflect our values and celebrate the rich history and diversity of our state, our co-workers and the customers we serve.