CHRISTOPHER A. HELMS
PRESIDENT, PIPELINE GROUP
ON BEHALF OF THE
INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
UNITED STATES SENATE
HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA’S EFFECTS ON ENERGY
INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE STATUS OF RECOVERY EFFORTS IN THE GULF COAST REGION
OCTOBER 6, 2005
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:
Thank you for the opportunity to testify on this important topic. My name is Chris Helms, and I am President of the Nisource Inc. Pipeline Group. NiSource Inc. is a fully integrated energy company engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution. Our operating companies deliver energy to 3.7 million customers located within the high demand energy corridor that runs from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. One of our pipelines, the Columbia Gulf Transmission Pipeline, operates in the central Gulf of Mexico and brings natural gas on-shore in central Louisiana.
I am here today on behalf of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA). INGAA is a trade organization that represents virtually all of the interstate natural gas transmission pipeline companies operating in the U.S., as well as comparable companies in Canada and Mexico. Its members transport over 95 percent of the nation's natural gas through a network of 180,000 miles of pipelines. Many of these pipeline systems operate in the Gulf region – either off-shore or along the coastal area that includes Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.