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

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  • 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.”

  • ANGA Comments on Senate Confirmation of Colette Honorable as a FERC Commissioner

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases December 16, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Senate Confirmation of Colette Honorable as a FERC Commissioner

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president for government affairs for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on Senate confirmation of Colette Honorable for a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    “We applaud the Senate’s confirmation of Colette Honorable as the newest FERC Commissioner. Ms. Honorable brings to the commission extensive knowledge and a long record as a leader in solving complex energy issues. As demonstrated through her role as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and vice chair of NARUC’s Gas Committee, Ms. Honorable clearly understands the need for responsible development of our nation’s natural gas resource and for a robust, safe and reliable infrastructure that can transport natural gas where and when it is needed.”

  • ANGA Comments on Passage of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases December 15, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Passage of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president for government affairs for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on passage of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, as part of the 2015 omnibus spending bill.

    “The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act will create jobs and bolster our nation¹s economic vitality in part by making better use of abundant, American natural gas. We applaud Congress for including this important measure in the omnibus spending bill and for recognizing the value that advanced manufacturing and innovation can bring to our economy. As domestic manufacturing continues to grow, natural gas stands ready to meet the energy needs of this burgeoning sector.”

  • ANGA Comments on Congress’ Inclusion of Reforms in the Defense Authorization Bill

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases December 12, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Congress’ Inclusion of Reforms in the Defense Authorization Bill

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president for government affairs for America’s Natural Gas Alliance on congressional approval today of the National Defense Authorizations Act. The measure includes provisions that streamline Bureau of Land Management permitting and level the playing field for natural gas vehicles.

    “This bipartisan legislation makes progress on ANGA’s priorities. It strengthens the successful BLM pilot project program and creates a more efficient and effective permitting system that distributes resources to the offices with the biggest workloads. By moving forward with this legislation, Congress takes an important step to achieve reasonable time frames for processing drilling permit applications on public lands and to reduce undue permitting backlogs.”

    “This bill also promotes the tangible benefits that natural gas vehicles offer in increasing the use of an abundant and affordable American resource. This provision helps pave the way for the deployment of cleaner, more efficient vehicles on our highways and allows our nation to enjoy the environmental and economic advantages natural gas offers.”

  • ANGA Statement on Report on Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production Sites

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases December 9, 2014

    ANGA Statement on Report on Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production Sites

    Background: Following is a statement by Erica Bowman, Vice President of Research and Policy Analysis for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on the release of a study conducted by University of Texas on methane emissions from specific elements of the natural gas production process.

    “While we are still reviewing the study, it provides further support for the findings of other credible researchers -- that greater use of natural gas reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Natural gas producers have reduced methane emissions by 25 percent since 1990, even as production has grown 37 percent. The study shows emissions to be lower than current EPA estimates and that a small number of sources are responsible for the majority of emissions. We remain committed to working with stakeholders to ensure that as an industry, we continue the substantial progress we have made through ongoing innovation.”

  • ANGA Comments on Proposed Ozone Standards

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases November 26, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Proposed Ozone Standards

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs at America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on EPA’s ozone standards proposal.

    “Safe and responsible oil and natural gas production in shale regions across the country is supporting 1.7 million jobs and $238 billion in economic activity every year. This has helped fuel a renaissance in manufacturing projected to add 1 million new jobs by 2025. Meanwhile our nation’s air quality has improved dramatically. However, today’s proposed ozone rule from the EPA threatens this progress. It is a step in the wrong direction and would hinder our ability to experience a sustained economic recovery. Legislation sponsored by Senator Thune and Congressman Pete Olsen would continue both the environmental and economic progress we have made, and strikes the right balance by allowing communities to catch up with existing strict standards before being subjected to a spate of overly burdensome and costly new mandates. Today’s proposal from EPA fails to achieve the critical balance needed to move our nation forward.”

  • ANGA Comments on Final DOE Approval of the Freeport LNG Export Facility

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases November 14, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Final DOE Approval of the Freeport LNG Export Facility

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs at America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) decision to grant final approval to Freeport LNG Development, L.P. to export natural gas to non-free trade agreement nations.

    “The Department of Energy's decision to grant final approval to the Freeport liquefied natural gas export terminal is another positive step toward strengthening America's energy security. This approval, which clears the way for Freeport LNG's facility to export up to 1.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, comes on the heels of a recent EIA analysis finding that increased shale production is poised to meet increased demand from added LNG exports. Furthermore, there is a growing chorus of experts, public and private, who agree that increased LNG exports will provide significant benefits to our nation. We applaud the administration on this decision and continue to urge them to provide swift approval for the remaining terminals that are under review.”

    *For more information on how LNG is produced, stored and transported, please watch our new video here: www.anga.us/lng.

  • Big things are happening in Louisiana

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog October 31, 2014

    Big things are happening in Louisiana

    Big things are happening in Louisiana—thanks in large part to the state’s natural gas resources.

    A new report from LSU, Louisiana Economic Outlook: 2015 and 2016, highlights this progress: Louisiana is thriving, the job market is growing and natural gas continues to drive the state’s “industrial renaissance.” Louisiana’s job market is doing so well, in fact, that for the first time ever, more than two million people will be employed across the state – with more than 34,000 new jobs expected next year alone.

    Natural gas is serving as a building block for the petrochemical and manufacturing industries. All told, more than $103 billion in industrial projects have been announced or are in the works in Louisiana. Just this week, South African petrochemical company Sasol announced an $8.1 billion investment in a new ethane cracker in Lake Charles that will triple its chemical production capacity in the U.S.

    LNG exports are another bright spot in Louisiana’s economy. Sempra Energy’s $10 billion Cameron LNG project is estimated to support more than 3,000 jobs. Cheniere Energy’s $18 billion Sabine Pass project will add 120 high-paying direct jobs, 4,500 construction jobs and support 1,500 more in the area.

    In light of the growing impact of natural gas on Louisiana’s economy, it’s no surprise that both Marty Durbin, ANGA’s president and CEO, and Frank Macchiarola, ANGA’s executive vice president of government affairs, were in Louisiana last week.

    On Wednesday, Frank spoke at LSU’s Energy Summit in Baton Rouge about the outlook for LNG exports. And Marty was in New Orleans Thursday, speaking to the Louisiana Chemical Association about natural gas’ role in the resurgence of the petrochemical industry across Louisiana.

    As Marty noted in his speech last week, 50 percent of expected growth in the domestic market for natural gas will be driven by the southeast United States as it supports gas-fired power generation, industrial growth and LNG exports.

    We’re excited about everything natural gas can do to support this growing economic momentum in Louisiana and across the Southeast.