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  • ANGA Statement on Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases March 3, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address

    Background: The following is a statement by Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), on Gov. Tom Wolf's budget address to the General Assembly today.

    "Enacting another tax on natural gas development as a means to fix a budget shortfall is the wrong path forward for Pennsylvanians. With the benefit of a policy environment that has encouraged economic development, the natural gas industry has helped create good-paying jobs, lowered energy bills and delivered unprecedented economic opportunity."

    "From powering new electric generation in Bradford and Lycoming counties, to heating Elk Lake schools in Susquehanna County, from fueling Lower Merion School District's natural gas school buses, to helping save family farms in Washington County, natural gas development is powering Pennsylvania's twenty-first century economy. The governor's severance tax proposal jeopardizes these advances, and future economic growth that comes from a robust natural gas industry in Pennsylvania."

  • ANGA Statement on Gov. Wolf's budget address http://t.co/R09JscIetk #natgas #shale #energycostsavings #jobs #taxes

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus March 3, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Gov. Wolf's budget address http://t.co/R09JscIetk #natgas #shale #energycostsavings #jobs #taxes

  • FracFocus: A Valuable Tool Becomes Even Better

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog March 3, 2015

    FracFocus: A Valuable Tool Becomes Even Better

    FracFocus – the nationwide system for well-by-well reporting of fluids used in the hydraulic fracturing process – announced several new features last week, including:

    • A "self-checking" system to help companies detect and correct errors before entries are submitted
    • Expanding the public's ability to search with pulldown menus and new search fields, including disclosure submission date
    • Providing the ability to extract data in machine-readable format, rather than only in PDF format
    • Updating educational information on chemical use, oil & gas production and potential environmental impacts

    As the database approaches its fourth anniversary in April, the growth and continued enhancement of FracFocus is a testament to our industry's commitment to disclosure and transparency in the communities where we operate. It's a critical tool for encouraging the safe and responsible development of clean, abundant natural gas.

    Created by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), with support from ANGA member companies and others in the natural gas community, FracFocus allows the public to search for and view nearly 100,000 well disclosures for operations on both government and private land. Twenty state oil and gas agencies currently house disclosures on the website, and a licensed version of the system operates in five Canadian provinces. The site has attracted more than a million visitors from 134 countries.

  • ANGA Statement on Colorado’s Oil and Gas Task Force Recommendations

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases February 25, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Colorado’s Oil and Gas Task Force Recommendations

    Background: The following is a statement by Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), on Gov. Hickenlooper's Oil and Gas Task Force Recommendations.

    "We recognize the Governor's task force for coming up with a set of recommendations. And we are strong supporters of local engagement in communities where we operate."

    "Natural gas production leads to billions of dollars of investments in the state each year and raises millions more in tax revenue, all while creating and supporting thousands of jobs. Colorado residents have some of the lowest energy bills in the nation. Meanwhile Colorado is driving toward cleaner air thanks to greater use of natural gas."

    "The state also has been recognized as a national leader for its comprehensive oil and natural gas regulations. We will be reviewing the recommendations with our members to consider their effect. However, any policy going forward must protect human health and the environment while also continuing this economic, environmental and energy security success story delivered by Colorado natural gas."

  • Huge! @AmChemistry says US exports linked to #ShaleGas could total  $123 billion by 2030. #jobs http://t.co/qE3O02Nb0Y

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus February 25, 2015

    Huge! @AmChemistry says US exports linked to #ShaleGas could total $123 billion by 2030. #jobs http://t.co/qE3O02Nb0Y

  • Carnegie Mellon Study: U.S. LNG Offers GHG Advantage

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog February 24, 2015

    Carnegie Mellon Study: U.S. LNG Offers GHG Advantage

    Carnegie Mellon University released a study last week finding that using U.S. natural gas would emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions than alternative energy sources available to European and Asian markets. According to the study, here's how U.S. natural gas stacks up, from an emissions perspective, when used for electrical and thermal energy generation (using a 100 year GWP):


    The study offers two additional (and important) observations:

    1) Exported natural gas is a cleaner fuel source under 100 and 20-year GWP scenarios.

    • 100-year GWP: "Life cycle emissions from exported U.S. LNG are 13% lower than those from Russian natural gas exports, and result in about 45% fewer emissions than coal electricity generation."
    • 20-year GWP: "U.S. LNG would reduce emissions from electricity production via Russian gas by 27% and cut emissions from electricity production from coal by 32%."

    2) Life cycle emissions are sensitive to the fugitive emissions rate, and Russian natural gas yields increased emissions due to the longer pipeline needed to deliver gas to market. This results in an emissions increase of 14% when using a 20-year GWP.

    Exporting natural gas makes clear economic sense at home, and this study adds to the growing body of evidence1 that it also makes environmental sense. Methane emissions from the U.S. natural gas sector have been cut by 17% since 1990, and the industry is poised to make further reductions through innovation. As this happens, the environmental case for natural gas exports will only grow stronger.

    1. Click here to download DOE's NETL study on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from LNG exports.

  • ICYMI: New White House Report Recognizes Vast Economic and Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog February 23, 2015

    ICYMI: New White House Report Recognizes Vast Economic and Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

    Last week, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released its annual Economic Report of the President, which highlighted the significant role natural gas plays in delivering economic and environmental benefits to the nation, and positioning America as a global energy leader.

    Technological innovations in drilling operations have enabled operators to develop natural gas more safely and efficiently while increasing homegrown supply year after year. Over the past decade, natural gas production in the U.S. has increased nearly 40 percent, and will continue to increase through 2030 according to the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) 2014 projections.

    Even as natural gas production increases, the United States has reduced its carbon footprint more than any other nation in the world. According to the report, the U.S. reduced its total carbon emissions by 12 percent from 2005 through 2012. These reductions are largely due to a greater reliance on clean natural gas in power generation, as well as its use as a transportation fuel, and energy efficiency. As President Obama looks for ways to transition to a clean energy future, natural gas should remain a key component of his solution.

    Exports of LNG were also recognized as another near-term opportunity not only for the American economy, but the global economy. Despite EIA's projected price increase of 2 percent resulting from an 'almost impossible' 12 bcf per day expansion of natural gas exports, the Council concludes that expanded natural gas exports would generate more jobs, incentivize increased domestic production, strengthen U.S. geopolitical security, promote a cleaner environment at home and abroad, and help American manufacturers maintain a healthy competitive cost advantage in natural gas.

    The oil and gas industry has also been pivotal in reducing the national trade deficit and growing GDP. The Council said that the oil and gas sectors contributed more than 0.2 percent to real GDP growth between 2012 and 2014.

    We hope the administration will carefully consider all of the benefits of this clean, abundant fuel source before proposing any new regulations that could inhibit production in the future. The facts of this White House report are clear: a thriving natural gas industry is a driving force of American prosperity and a cleaner environment, and will remain a driving force for the foreseeable future.

    Click here to download the full Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers.


  • White House CEA Highlights LNG Export Opportunity

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog February 20, 2015

    White House CEA Highlights LNG Export Opportunity

    The White House Council of Economic Advisers highlight the tremendous opportunity that exists in exporting natural gas in its 2015 Annual Report released yesterday. Despite EIA's projected price increase of 2% resulting from an "almost impossible" 12 bcf per day expansion of natural gas exports, the Council concludes that increased natural gas exports would benefit employment, U.S. geopolitical security and the environment. Here are the Council's specific findings:

    • Higher prices for domestic producers increase domestic production. Increased production, in turn, spurs investment, increasing U.S. GDP. EIA (2014) estimates that the increase in GDP could range from 0.05 percent to 0.17 percent in different export scenarios ranging from 12 to 20 bcf per year, phased in at different rates beginning in 2015.
    • An increase in exports can create jobs in the short run. Estimates suggest that natural gas exports of six bcf per year could sup? port as many as 65,000 jobs (Levi 2012). These jobs would arise both in gas production and along the supply chain (for example, in manufacturing machines and parts used as downstream inputs).
    • Lower natural gas prices around the world have a positive geopolitical impact for the United States. Increased U.S. supply builds liquidity in the global natural gas market, and reduces European dependence on the current primary suppliers, Russia and Iran.
    • More U.S. exports could help promote the use of cleaner energy abroad, including in developing countries that now rely heavily on coal. Lower foreign emissions would help to counteract global warm? ing and therefore are a direct benefit for the United States. As natural gas becomes cheaper for the rest of the world, countries overseas will replace dirtier, coal?fired power with natural gas. Cheaper natural gas could also replace low?carbon sources and increase electricity consumption abroad; the net global impact is ambiguous. The effects of the natural gas price increase in the United States are also complex. Higher gas prices tend to curb overall emissions by reducing total energy consumption and inducing substitution toward renewable sources of power. However, higher prices might also cause some U.S. substitution toward coal, raising our emissions.
    • U.S. manufacturers would still have a competitive cost advantage in natural gas, albeit smaller than what they would otherwise have. Because of transportation costs, in equilibrium, U.S. natural gas prices would still be expected to be persistently lower than prices overseas. The cost advantage, however, would be smaller than it would otherwise be—but any potential impact on manufacturing is likely to be small because in 2010, on average, the cost of natural gas represented less than 2 percent of the value of manufacturing shipments. This suggests that a 2 percent increase in the price of natural gas would raise average production costs by only about 0.04 percent. For the most intensive users—such as producers of flat glass or nitrogen fertilizers—the increase in costs will be higher. But these gas?intensive industries represent only a small share of total manufacturing employment and output. In par? ticular, the top 15 gas?intensive industries account for only 2 percent of total manufacturing employment and 3 percent of manufacturing value added. Businesses with very thin profit margins may also be adversely affected. In contrast, expanded natural gas exports will create new jobs in a range of sectors including natural gas extraction, infrastructure invest? ment, and transportation.

    Click here to download the full Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers.

  • RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: U.S. #natgas inventory exceeds 5-yr avg for 1st time since Nov. 2013 http://t.co/FleGkuXeTD http://t.co/7IJON…

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus February 20, 2015

    RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: U.S. #natgas inventory exceeds 5-yr avg for 1st time since Nov. 2013 http://t.co/FleGkuXeTD http://t.co/7IJON

  • Charting a Cleaner Course with Natural Gas

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog February 16, 2015

    Charting a Cleaner Course with Natural Gas

    This spring will mark a milestone in marine transportation as the first-ever container ship fueled by natural gas launches in San Diego.

    TOTE Maritime commissioned the first-of-its-kind vessel, which will produce 70% fewer emissions compared with the company's older ships. What's more, TOTE's natural gas-fueled ship will achieve these emissions reductions while carrying 2.5 times more cargo. TOTE will operate the ship on its Jacksonville-Puerto Rico routes later this year.

    "I've worked in the industry for 20 years, and this is the single biggest innovation that I've seen," said Mark Tabbutt, Chairman of Saltchuk, TOTE Maritime's parent company. "This transition to natural gas will change the course of our industry for the better… Ships this big, running this clean, will be much better for the environment."

    Using natural gas to fuel massive container ships? That's something to think about.

  • RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: #Shale gas and tight #oil are commercially produced in just four countries http://t.co/q1KldOe17f http://t.co…

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus February 13, 2015

    RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: #Shale gas and tight #oil are commercially produced in just four countries http://t.co/q1KldOe17f http://t.co

  • ANGA Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Severance Tax Proposal

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases February 11, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Severance Tax Proposal

    Background: The following is a statement by Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), on Gov. Tom Wolf's new severance tax proposal on the natural gas industry.

    "ANGA members are proud of the economic growth and Pennsylvania jobs created during the past several years due to increased natural gas development and production. We are also proud of our contribution to Pennsylvania through impact fees, business taxes and royalties. However, we are disappointed by Gov. Wolf's call for a severance tax on the state's natural gas producers."

    "In 2013, Pennsylvania producers contributed $226 million in impact fees, which benefited the schools, parks, hospitals and critical infrastructure projects all across the state. Also, thanks to the abundance of Pennsylvania natural gas, public elementary and secondary school districts saved approximately 8.3 percent on electricity and 22.1 percent on natural gas during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, for a total of $45.5 million."

    "Now is not the time to put this progress at risk by singling out natural gas producers and imposing a burdensome tax that could hamper future production. In fact, there is a great opportunity to boost economic development in the state by supporting critical infrastructure projects that will carry the Marcellus gas to nearby markets."

    "We oppose Gov. Wolf's proposed tax increase on the natural gas industry. We look forward to working with him to identify better solutions to address the state's budget issues that encourage the continued growth of business and economic prosperity for Pennsylvanians rather than putting the brakes on the commonwealth's energy renaissance."


  • PA Steel Manufacturer Adds Shift Thanks to  $400M Pipeline Order

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog February 6, 2015

    PA Steel Manufacturer Adds Shift Thanks to  $400M Pipeline Order

    A Pennsylvania steel manufacturer just learned first-hand what the shale gas revolution is making possible for an emerging U.S. industrial renaissance.

    Dura-Bond Industries of Steelton, Pennsylvania announced this week that it has been chosen to produce nearly 550 miles of natural gas pipeline for the Atlantic Coast pipeline project, a $400 million investment and the "largest single order in Dura-Bond's history."

    The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a joint project between Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources is just one of many critical natural gas infrastructure projects planned or underway up and down the East Coast that aim to deliver abundant and low-cost Marcellus shale gas to power clean electricity and the ongoing U.S. manufacturing resurgence.

    According to an analysis by Chmura, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline can inject an annual average of $456.3 million into the economy of the three-state combined region of West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, supporting 2,873 annual jobs in the region from 2014 to 2019. When the pipeline is in full operation, the project is estimated to have an annual impact in the three-state region of $69.2 million that can support 271 regional jobs from 2019 onward.

    What we see happening at Dura-Bond, which says it will hire 150 new union employees for a second shift at their mill to meet the delivery schedule for this massive project, is just one example of what shale gas means for our rebounding manufacturing workforce and the U.S. economy as a whole. From the Gulf Coast to the Rust Belt, manufacturers—from chemicals to plastics to fertilizer—are investing heavily in U.S.-based facilities, citing ready, affordable natural gas.

    "This is a great example of how the growth in the Marcellus Shale impacts the economy," said Dura-Bond Vice President Jason Norris. "This increase in activity at Dura-Bond also means more business for our local suppliers who we depend on and support whenever we can, so the trickle-down effect will be significant."

    To learn more about what natural gas means for jobs and our economy, click here.

  • ICYMI: ANGA CEO Marty Durbin's Testimony Before Senate on LNG Export Legislation

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog January 29, 2015

    ICYMI: ANGA CEO Marty Durbin's Testimony Before Senate on LNG Export Legislation

    In case you missed it, below is the testimony of ANGA President and CEO Marty Durbin, delivered before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee during a hearing today on the LNG Permitting Certainty & Transparency Act (S. 33).

    Chairman Murkowski…Ranking Member Cantwell…members of the committee…thank you for the opportunity to appear before you.

    I. Support for Legislative Action

    ANGA strongly supports S. 33 as a means to establish a timely and certain review process for LNG export facilities.

    This will send a strong, pro-infrastructure signal to the investment community…and a clear message to our allies—and adversaries—that the U.S. is determined to play a leadership role in global energy markets.

    II. Strong Supply Picture

    Given the sheer magnitude of the U.S. shale gas resource, we are long past any doubt that our nation can be a global energy leader without sacrificing our domestic advantage. Now is the time to seize this opportunity.

    While some raise concerns regarding supply and price, the market speaks for itself:

    • As recently as 2009, the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecast natural gas prices to rise to $13 per mmbtu by 2035.
    • In 2014, EIA and multiple independent forecasts put that figure below $6.
    • Right now—in the dead of winter—peak season for natural gas demand—prices are less than $3 at Henry Hub.

    The markets are screaming for new and diversified demand outlets for natural gas. LNG exports offer a prime opportunity to send critical signals to the market that these outlets are on the way. This, in turn, will help maintain and grow production, so our nation can take full advantage of the promise our shale gas abundance holds for our economy, environment and energy security.

    The United States is now the world's leading producer of natural gas. To put this in context: The U.S. consumed 26 trillion cubic feet–or TCF–of natural gas in 2013. The most recent supply projections show a range of technically recoverable gas using today's technology from 2,200 to more than 3,500 TCF.

    The only remaining uncertainty around natural gas supply: Where is the top? As technology continues to advance, reserve estimates continue to grow. As a result, public and private sector experts agree that the U.S. has enough natural gas at reasonable prices to sustain substantial increases in domestic consumption and significant levels of exports.

    Global market dynamics will limit both the size of our export opportunity and the number of facilities that ultimately receive financing. As a result, EIA projects that natural gas exports will account for less than 10% of demand for U.S. natural gas by 2040.

    Those same global market dynamics also underscore the sense of urgency: LNG facilities cost billions of dollars and take several years to construct. Unless we act quickly to provide greater certainty in the approval process, we miss the opportunity to become an integral player in international markets.

    Far from competing with domestic interests, LNG export markets will strengthen the U.S. economy. Already the U.S. is experiencing a manufacturing resurgence thanks to the ready availability of abundant, affordable natural gas.

    What is less widely known is that the natural gas liquids, which can come with natural gas, are an essential feedstock to many industries, led by plastics and chemicals.

    Simply put: More dry gas production for export means more natural gas liquids for American manufacturers. In fact, as of this week, the chemical industry alone has identified 220 announced projects representing $137 billion in potential investment—all linked to natural gas.

    So as markets scream for demand, exports provide a win-win opportunity.

    III. Think Big on Infrastructure

    Of course, LNG export terminals are just one aspect of energy infrastructure. Timely approvals of new and expanded pipeline projects also require the priority attention of policymakers at all levels.

    As several members of this committee know firsthand: This is particularly true in the Northeast, where expanded pipeline infrastructure would help consumers and unlock the kinds of natural gas-fueled manufacturing opportunities we see flourishing in so many other parts of the country.

    Conclusion

    I thank Senators Barrasso and Heinrich and the bipartisan cosponsors of S. 33 for working to ensure America's competitive advantage. I appreciate the committee drawing attention to these issues, and I look forward to our continued work together to build this energy revolution into a sustainable economic, manufacturing and environmental revolution for the nation.

  • ANGA Statement on House Passage of Rep. Bill Johnson’s Legislation to Advance LNG Exports

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases January 28, 2015

    ANGA Statement on House Passage of Rep. Bill Johnson’s Legislation to Advance LNG Exports

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president for government affairs at America's Natural Gas Alliance on House passage of H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act, sponsored by Representative Bill Johnson of Ohio.

    We applaud the House of Representatives for its bipartisan passage of legislation to streamline the federal process for approving terminals that allow for the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Given the abundance of domestic natural gas, expanding our export opportunities will create jobs, strengthen our economy and enhance national and energy security.

  • ANGA Applauds New York DEC’s Adoption of Liquefied Natural Gas Regulations

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases January 28, 2015

    ANGA Applauds New York DEC’s Adoption of Liquefied Natural Gas Regulations

    Background: Following is a statement by Paul Hartman, Northeast regional director for America's Natural Gas Alliance, welcoming the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) decision to adopt regulations on liquefied natural gas infrastructure investment.

    "We applaud the DEC's decision today to adopt liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure regulations that will enable the state to make better use of America's abundant supply of this clean fuel. This decision paves the way for the development of new, world-class LNG facilities that can fuel heavy-duty trucks, offer back-up supplies for power generators and support the growing use of LNG for marine and rail applications. This is a step in the right direction for a cleaner environment and an economic boost for New Yorkers."


  • .@Methanex starts up 1 million ton methanol plant in La. via @NOLAnews http://t.co/PDF6bZ4K1q #AmericanNatGas #EconomicDevelopment #Jobs

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus January 26, 2015

    .@Methanex starts up 1 million ton methanol plant in La. via @NOLAnews http://t.co/PDF6bZ4K1q #AmericanNatGas #EconomicDevelopment #Jobs

  • RT @DanWhitten: See @ANGAus CEO .@martyjdurbin talking to .@MonicaTrauzzi on @EEPublishing TV on #methane reductions and #SOTU #energy #nat…

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus January 20, 2015

    RT @DanWhitten: See @ANGAus CEO .@martyjdurbin talking to .@MonicaTrauzzi on @EEPublishing TV on #methane reductions and #SOTU #energy #nat…

  • ANGA Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases January 20, 2015

    ANGA Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

    Background: Following is a statement by Marty Durbin, president and chief executive officer of America's Natural Gas Alliance, on the President's State of the Union Address.

    "We welcome President Obama's continued recognition of the benefits that natural gas and our nation's energy renaissance more broadly, are providing for all Americans. It is clear that the president understands the role natural gas plays in meeting our nation's economic and environmental needs."

    "Few could have predicted, when President Obama first took office in 2009, just how profoundly America's vast energy resources would figure into his eight years in office. But the shale energy revolution, in both natural gas and oil, will be inextricably and positively linked to this time period.

    "We are disappointed the administration chose to regulate methane emissions using a mandate that will take years to implement, rather than a cooperative approach with the industry that we believe would ultimately result in greater emissions reductions in a shorter timeframe.

    "The president himself has singled out natural gas as a critical component of his long-term economic and climate strategies, and increased use of natural gas use throughout the economy has been critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to near 20-year lows and dramatically reducing air pollution. It also has created many thousands of American jobs and saved consumers substantial money on energy bills.

    "We stand ready to work with the administration, Congress and policymakers around the country to see that our nation capitalizes on the many environmental, economic and national security benefits offered by natural gas. Our nation can continue its economic growth and contribute to prosperity around the world by allowing this American energy revolution to take hold."

  • ANGA Statement on Administration Announcement that it is Imposing Methane Rules

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases January 14, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Administration Announcement that it is Imposing Methane Rules

    Background: Following is a statement by Marty Durbin, president and chief executive officer of America’s Natural Gas Alliance on the administration’s announcement that it will impose new methane regulations on natural gas producers.

    We are disappointed the administration is choosing to take a regulatory approach that will take years to implement, rather than a cooperative approach with the industry that we believe will ultimately result in greater emissions reductions in a shorter timeframe.

    The natural gas industry has demonstrated its ability to significantly reduce methane emissions and our commitment to making further reductions through innovation. Natural gas production is up 37 percent since 1990, yet across the entire natural gas sector methane emissions are down 17 percent. In fact, EPA data shows that from 2011 – 2013, methane emissions from hydraulically fractured natural gas wells declined by 73 percent.

    We agree with the White House that voluntary efforts to reduce emissions in a comprehensive and transparent manner hold the potential to realize significant, quick and cost effective emissions reductions, and we question why the administration would single out our sector for regulation, given our demonstrated reductions. Given that methane is also the product we sell and, therefore, want to capture, this was an opportunity to work with willing partners toward a shared goal.

    Greater use of natural gas has resulted in steep reductions in carbon emissions, and has greatly reduced air pollutants such as SOx, NOx, mercury and particulate matter. The administration itself has credited natural gas as a significant factor in achieving the president’s climate goals, and they’re right.

    We hope the agency will take into consideration the dramatic improvements the industry has already achieved, and will continue to achieve as the administration’s regulatory process moves forward.

  • ANGA Hires Nicole Daigle to Lead Regional Communications and Special Projects

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases January 12, 2015

    ANGA Hires Nicole Daigle to Lead Regional Communications and Special Projects

    America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) has hired Nicole Daigle to oversee its regional communications efforts. Ms. Daigle, who will serve as director of regional communications and special projects, brings to ANGA broad communications experience in the energy sector.

    In this capacity, Daigle will work with a variety of stakeholders across ANGA’s five regions to ensure that ANGA’s message about the benefits of greater natural gas use across all sectors of the economy reaches the American public and key decision makers.

    “Nicole will be a strong advocate for the many benefits that greater use of natural gas brings to our nation,” said ANGA President and Chief Executive Officer Marty Durbin. “As someone who has worked in the oil and gas industry and the utility sector, she brings great perspective to our efforts to promote the economic and environmental advantages this clean, abundant and American fuel offers.”

    Daigle comes to ANGA after spending six years at the Independent Petroleum Association of America, most recently as director of public and government affairs. She also worked for a range of energy clients as an executive for the former FD Dittus Communications in Washington and has worked in the communications shops of Entergy Corp. and Calpine Corp.

    “I am honored to join Marty and the ANGA team to promote the clear benefits of American natural gas.” Daigle said. “I am proud to be a part of an industry that thrives on innovation, and is dedicated to safely developing an essential resource, which advances the quality of life, improves the environment, creates economic diversification and helps position America as a global energy leader.”

    Daigle holds a Master's in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. in Mass Communications/Public Relations from Louisiana State University and remains a proud Tigers fan.

  • ANGA Commends Senators Barrasso and Heinrich on LNG Exports Legislation

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases January 8, 2015

    ANGA Commends Senators Barrasso and Heinrich on LNG Exports Legislation

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president for government affairs at America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on a bill sponsored by Senators John Barrasso and Martin Heinrich to promote the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

    “The introduction of this Barrasso-Heinrich LNG bill is more forward progress in our nation's drive toward a strong LNG export policy. This legislation will speed up the approval of LNG export terminals and we commend Senators Barrasso and Heinrich and the other bipartisan co-sponsors for their leadership. Exporting natural gas will make it possible for us as a nation to take advantage of our abundant domestic energy resource, reduce our trade deficit and deliver clean, affordable natural gas around the world.

    By requiring the Department of Energy to make a timely decision on export terminals, this measure will support investment, expand our workforce and improve American economic and energy security. We look forward to working with the sponsors of this legislation and other supporters of a strong LNG export policy to get this measure over the finish line.”

  • How America’s Largest Airport Gets Its Green On

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog December 17, 2014

    How America’s Largest Airport Gets Its Green On

    Denver International Airport has gone green with natural gas to save money and preserve the Rocky Mountain air. More than 100 million Americans are expected to pack up and go this holiday season. Roads will be crowded, trains packed and airports at their peak.

    So how do America’s major aviation hubs handle the holiday rush, and do so in a sustainable manner? Take Denver International Airport as an example. Our country’s largest airport by size—53 square miles—its concourses will see more than a million passengers pass through its doors during the last two weeks of 2014 alone.

    Remarkably, DIA is also one of the country’s greenest aviation hubs, and during the holidays the airport draws upon its long-standing investments in sustainability to run efficiently and clean. What drove the push to go green? Good business sense.

    Looking at its operating costs, Denver International’s leadership concluded that prioritizing sustainability would deliver a double bottom line. Natural gas is not only affordable, but it’s also cleaner than conventional fuels.

    So airport officials invested in natural gas to power everything from the heating system that keeps holiday travelers warm to its baggage tugs. DIA retrofitted many of its vehicles, including 63 passenger buses, which every year shuttle more than 7 million passengers and airport employees between the terminal and the airport’s parking facility.

    And the switch to natural gas is paying off in a big way. Last year the airport’s vehicle fleet consumed 979,000 gallons of gasoline equivalent, resulting in more than $1.5 million in savings, according to DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery.

    The environmental benefits add to the $1.5 million in savings.

    By switching its vehicles to natural gas, DIA reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 39 percent. Last year the airport’s green push eliminated 3.3 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

    DIA’s commitment to sustainability isn’t limited to ground transportation and natural gas. It reverberates across all aspects of its operations. Take de-icing, for instance. This winter, a majority of the glycol spread on plane wings, removing ice before takeoff, will have been recycled at a dedicated facility on the airport’s grounds.

    DIA is thriving thanks to its ambitious push to green its operations by using more natural gas. The airport’s success is one more instance that shows when it comes to sustainability, the numbers do add up. Now that’s a great cause for holiday cheer.

  • ANGA Comments on New York’s Decision to Prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases December 17, 2014

    ANGA Comments on New York’s Decision to Prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing

    Background: Following is a statement by Paul Hartman, Northeast director for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on New York’s decision to prohibit hydraulic fracturing.

    “This is an ill-advised decision that denies New Yorkers the opportunity to take advantage of the many environmental and economic benefits that natural gas offers. This has always been a political, rather than a public health decision. Natural gas provides an engine for the economy of New York, which is the nation’s fifth largest natural gas user, and the state is forgoing the advantages its neighbors enjoy from natural gas production. The decision to prohibit hydraulic fracturing is based on data that does not justify the Cuomo administration’s conclusions. Natural gas has been responsibly produced in communities across the country and we are proud of our industry’s safety record.”