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  • RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: EIA report highlights top 100 #US #oil and #natgas fields http://t.co/PkzzebvJJt http://t.co/OAbvffF8Ws

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus April 24, 2015

    RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: EIA report highlights top 100 #US #oil and #natgas fields http://t.co/PkzzebvJJt http://t.co/OAbvffF8Ws

  • ANGA Applauds New England States’ Pledge to Address Natural Gas Infrastructure

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 24, 2015

    ANGA Applauds New England States’ Pledge to Address Natural Gas Infrastructure

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA Executive Vice President Frank Macchiarola on the New England governors' commitment to work together on solutions for alleviating the region's high electricity costs and natural gas pipeline infrastructure constraints.

    "We are pleased the governors in New England recognize the economic and environmental benefits of America's abundant natural gas resources. The lack of sufficient natural gas pipeline creates significant challenges for families and businesses in the region. By upgrading the regional energy infrastructure to bring more natural gas into their communities, these governors know we can build a stronger economy fueled by a cleaner, more affordable energy resource. We look forward to working with the governors and supporting their efforts to enhance and expand natural gas capacity throughout New England."

  • Gas Day at CERAweek – Long term optimism about natural gas across a range of markets

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 23, 2015

    Gas Day at CERAweek – Long term optimism about natural gas across a range of markets

    The opportunities afforded both in the US and internationally by natural gas shone through during Wednesday's Gas Day at #CERAWeek. From environmental benefits to the efficiency that is coming into the industry and LNG Exports to the need for pipeline infrastructure, the speakers really tell the story best, so here are the high points in their own words.

    Domestically and abroad, the benefits of clean, affordable natural gas should lead to increased demand…

    "We know that natural gas will supply a growing share of global and North American energy. It's abundant and because of that, it's going to be very cost effective for years to come. But the future of gas is going to be, in my opinion, driven by one thing and that is price stability…The growing supply and a hundred plus years of reserves have changed this [price] dynamic. It's pretty clear that the prices are going to be stable and very competitive for years to come."
    — Al Monaco, President and CEO Enbridge

    And to support that demand, natural gas production continues to improve in efficiency…

    "We cut the rig count by 5 times in six years, what's happened to production? Production has not only increased, its accelerated. What we've been able to do in our business is double the speed of efficiency every three-and-a-half to five years…It's an amazing story that we have out there."
    — Steve Mueller, Chairman and CEO Southwestern Energy

    With growing demand and efficiency, we need more infrastructure to bring more natural gas to the marketplace…

    "The lower prices engendered more demand, and a lot of the petrochemical facilities being built right here on the Gulf Coast were driven by the belief on the part of the end users that natural gas was going to be abundant and reasonably priced for many years to come, or they wouldn't have made the investment decisions they did."

    "The tragedy of it is you have all this natural gas, a tremendous asset there [in the Marcellus], many of them getting paid pretty poorly because there is so much of it and you have this tremendous market a couple hundred miles away and that's why we and others are trying to build capacity to New England, which has the highest natural gas prices and the highest electricity prices in the nation and yet they are sitting almost on top of these tremendous reserves."
    — Richard Kinder, Chairman and CEO, Kinder Morgan

    The demand isn't just domestic. Natural gas's role in reducing emissions is a powerful selling point for Europe and beyond…

    "I'm very positive about gas. I think that's about the future of gas and the development of gas and also because of the climate change targets, not just in Europe but worldwide gas will be the future fuel…Gas is the best solution. It's the only solution and we need really worldwide gas advocacy."
    — Claudio Descalzi, CEO, Eni

    In addition the environmental upsides, natural gas's economic benefits make a compelling case for LNG exports…

    Gas "has a critical role to play in the global energy mix…We must avoid the polarization that renewables are good and fossil fuels are bad… Significant growth in North America is leading to the reality of LNG exports from the US. The rapid growth of natural gas in the power sector is having an environmental and economic benefit."
    — Andy Brown, Upstream International Director, Royal Dutch Shell

    With all of natural gas' benefits considered, the outlook for US LNG exports looks bright…

    "The outlook for the US gas supply as a provider of LNG is still very strong. We expect the US market will continue to grow at a fairly significant pace and become a very significant part of the LNG picture on a global basis over the next five years."
    — Charif Souki, Chairman, CEO and President Cheniere

    "US LNG exports will continue to grow because worldwide, LNG demand will continue to grow. I believe that US LNG projects will be cheaper to build, cheaper to operate and US natural gas prices will be cheaper than most places in the rest of the world."
    — Michael Smith, CEO - Freeport LNG

    Stay up to date with ANGA's coverage of #CERAWeek by following @DanWhitten.

  • ANGA Statement on Committee Passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 23, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Committee Passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs for America's Natural Gas Alliance, on committee passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act.

    "ANGA applauds the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee on the passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act. Under the leadership of Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden and Chairman Ryan, this bipartisan and bicameral legislation will enable the United States to more effectively negotiate trade agreements in order to grow the U.S. economy, create more jobs here at home, and lower our trade deficit. The United States is now a leader in energy production and this legislation will better enable us to export our abundant energy to allies overseas while strengthening our energy security here at home. We urge Congress to swiftly pass this bill and send to the President for his signature."

  • “I’m very positive about the future of gas,” says Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi. Cites emissions cuts, European #energy security. #Ceraweek

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus April 22, 2015

    “I’m very positive about the future of gas,” says Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi. Cites emissions cuts, European #energy security. #Ceraweek

  • ANGA Statement on the Quadrennial Energy Review

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 21, 2015

    ANGA Statement on the Quadrennial Energy Review

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA President and Chief Executive Officer Marty Durbin on the Department of Energy's Quadrennial Energy Review on energy infrastructure.

    "Last month, the White House Council of Economic Advisers highlighted the significant benefits of natural gas in strengthening our economy and environment.

    "With today's release of the QER, the Obama administration reaffirmed the role natural gas will play in ensuring energy security, economic growth and environmental improvement. An expanded and modernized energy infrastructure is critical to realizing those benefits. We are pleased to see the recognition and importance of certainty in the permitting process to enhance our nation's energy infrastructure and support efforts to improve these processes.

    "We will work with Congress and the administration to ensure our energy infrastructure allows us to achieve the economic, environmental and security benefits that our abundant natural gas resources will bring."

  • American Energy - Connecting Cove Point to Shibuya Crossing

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 21, 2015

    American Energy - Connecting Cove Point to Shibuya Crossing

    The liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility that recently broke ground at Cove Point in Calvert County, Maryland represents more than "just" 3,000 jobs and $40 million in property tax revenue for the state's economy. It is a prime example of how America's natural gas revolution is solidifying our position as a global energy leader.

    While still reeling from the effects of the 2011 tsunami disaster, Japan is in need of energy. Given that domestic energy resources meet less than nine percent of total demand, Japan imports liquefied natural gas (LNG) to make up the difference. Not only is Japan is the world's largest importer of liquefied natural gas, but 43 percent of Japan's electricity came from natural gas in 2013.


    Japan's ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae, discusses the importance of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and Cove Point for Japan's energy supply.

    As Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who was on-site at Cove Point for the groundbreaking ceremony in March, pointed out, "through Cove Point, we will have the ability to share some of America's newfound energy bounty with overseas markets in places like Japan and India while continuing to meet our needs here at home."


    Japan's Shibuya Crossing is packed with energy - from the thousands of pedestrians crossing the busy intersection to the neon signs that adorn the adjacent buildings.

    There's no denying that the partnership between Maryland and Japan is a boon for the state's economy (potentially increasing state exports by $5 billion, year-over-year). It is also a major tool for strengthening ties between the US and Japan, which has been a critical partner of the US in the Asia-Pacific region for decades.

    What's in store at Cove Point adds up to substantial economic, environmental and national security benefits for the US and Maryland ­– and underscores the transformative effect the natural gas boom is having nationwide.

  • #CERAweek Oil Day: Down Market Does Nothing to Quell Talk of Natural Gas Benefits

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 21, 2015

    #CERAweek Oil Day: Down Market Does Nothing to Quell Talk of Natural Gas Benefits

    Today was Oil Day at CERAweek, but that didn't keep people from saying important things about natural gas. ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson highlighted the export of liquefied natural gas and natural gas' role in improving air quality in a speech that also laid out the power of innovation, efficiency and plain old industry perseverance in the face of a down market. Tillerson's speech was one of a bevy of presentations by industry executives and government officials given at this 34th annual conference, hosted in Houston by the analytics firm IHS.

    Tillerson was particularly proud of the emissions reductions associated with natural gas here in America through greater use in power generation, and overseas by sending American liquefied natural gas (LNG) to other nations where it burns cleaner than alternatives.

    Photo by @ExxonMobil

    Exxon's Rex Tillerson: "Gas from shale has become instrumental in reducing US CO2 emissions to levels not seen since the 1990s" #CERAWeek
    — Ed Crooks (@Ed_Crooks) April 21, 2015

    "Because natural gas emits up to 60 percent less carbon dioxide than other major fuel sources when used for power generation, natural gas from shale has become instrumental in reducing U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to levels not seen since the 1990s," Tillerson said. "Moreover, allowing the export of LNG would also put the United States in the position of contributing to further reductions in greenhouse gases and pollution by making it possible for more nations – especially those in the dynamic economies of Asia – to turn to cleaner burning natural gas."

    Tillerson's talk followed by one day speeches by two important Washington policy makers who also had positive things to say about natural gas. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski told reporters yesterday that the Energy Department should speed the process of permitting LNG export facilities. This came in response to a question about ANGA's recently released White Paper, Carpe Diem: LNG Exports are America's once in a Generation Opportunity, which urged Congress and the administration to take steps to speed up the process.

    And Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said "natural gas is a great fuel especially in electricity generation. It's key to achieving reduced emissions and we have great opportunities for that across this country."While Jewell hailed regulations to reduce methane emissions (a position we do not endorse), she also praised industry for "stepping up on this issue" with voluntary measures.

    BP Group Chief Executive Robert Dudley said natural gas probably will take a larger share of the world's fossil energy pie because of its lower emissions. "I think it's inevitable that natural gas will win the horse race," he said.

  • More Than A V8: Your Car Wishes It Had This Engine

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 20, 2015

    More Than A V8: Your Car Wishes It Had This Engine

    The engine in your car – or the engine in a tractor trailer for that matter - has nothing on the engines powering some of the world's largest container ships. Of course it should come as no surprise that these engines pack a major punch. After all, they are propelling ships four football fields long after all.

    But let's do the math. A 2015 Honda Civic for instance has a 143 horsepower engine. And some of the most powerful cars, like Ford's new GT, clock in with more than 600 horsepower. But the engines pushing some of the world's largest container ships across the ocean have a whopping 109,000 horsepower. That's the power equivalent of 180 Ford GTs.

    All that power is generated from a massive engine that can weigh up to 240 tons—roughly the same weight as seven fully loaded semi-trucks—and that's just the engine.

    With the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG), these engines run cleaner than ever. The LNG that powers these cargo ships' mammoth marine engines emits 25% less CO2, so converting just one of these container ships from diesel to LNG is the equivalent of taking millions of cars off the road.

    And LNG-fueled engines aren't forcing you to sacrifice power—they even deliver the same amount of energy at 20% the cost of standard marine fuels. This means potentially big savings for consumers.

    The bottom line is, equipping more of these giants with engines that run on LNG is a clean and affordable way to make a big impact on international trade.

    This is the second article in a three-part series exploring how cargo ships are fueling a global economic and environmental recovery. Next week, we'll look at what's fueling the world's most environmentally-friendly ship.

  • Carpe Diem: LNG Exports a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity for America

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 16, 2015

    Carpe Diem: LNG Exports a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity for America

    The United States can be a global energy leader by exporting its abundant and stable supply of natural gas without sacrificing the price advantage enjoyed by domestic manufacturers, but we need to act soon.

    ANGA's new white paper, Carpe Diem: LNG Exports Are America's Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity, paints a compelling picture of a US energy asset that is poised to transform global markets, increase geopolitical and strategic advantages for America and its allies and reduce carbon emissions on a global scale.

    There is little debate that the sheer volume of natural gas we have in the US has changed the global energy equation. Just last week a group of American geologists from the Potential Gas Committee (PGC) issued a biennial report and, for the sixth study in a row, it shows that US natural gas resources are at record levels. To put the numbers in perspective, the total volume of natural gas consumption in the United States in 2014 was 27 trillion cubic feet. The total volume of US natural gas that is recoverable right now, with no additional advances in technology, is 2,853 trillion cubic feet.

    The effects of this abundance are being felt across the globe — from Shell's recently announced deal to acquire BG Group for $70 billion to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approvals for more terminals at Cheniere's Sabine Pass export facility in Louisiana to long-term contracts for natural gas from critical allies like Japan.

    To really take advantage of the opportunities this natural gas abundance has created for the US, we must take important steps that will strengthen our energy security and provide a cleaner energy alternative for markets around the globe.

    That's why we are urging the Energy Department to move forward with swift approval of all export terminals now in its queue and asking Congress to pass legislation that will help expedite the permitting process.

    Click here to download a copy of the white paper.

    Watch ANGA CEO Marty Durbin and ANGA Chief Economist Erica Bowman discuss the state of play for LNG Exports:

  • ANGA White Paper: LNG Exports Represent Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity for America to Boost Economy, Improve Energy Security

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 16, 2015

    ANGA White Paper: LNG Exports Represent Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity for America to Boost Economy, Improve Energy Security

    Washington, DC — Marty Durbin, President and Chief Executive Officer of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), today announced the release of a new white paper, encouraging U.S. policymakers to move expeditiously to approve terminals that allow for the export of liquefied natural gas.

    The paper, Carpe Diem: LNG Exports Are America's Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity, paints a compelling picture of a U.S. energy resource that is poised to transform global markets, increase strategic geopolitical advantages for America and its allies and reduce carbon emissions on a global scale, all while continuing to drive economic growth at home.

    "The latest estimates confirm, again, that our natural gas supply is sustainable, reliable and large enough to last more than a century," Durbin said. "This means the U.S. can be a global energy leader without sacrificing our domestic advantage. But we must accelerate approval of export facilities in order to secure that role and maximize the benefits both here at home and globally."

    The white paper details the significant economic, environmental and geopolitical benefit derived from LNG exports, and cites extensive research showing such exports would result in negligible cost increases for natural gas here at home.

  • ANGA Supports FERC Gas Day Decision

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 16, 2015

    ANGA Supports FERC Gas Day Decision

    Background: Following is a statement by Marty Durbin, president and chief executive officer for America's Natural Gas Alliance on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) steps to address the gas day.

    "We were pleased by the steps FERC took with regard to the gas day. By accounting for the views of natural gas producers, and others within the natural gas community, and retaining 9 a.m. Central Time as the start of the gas day, FERC has taken a common sense approach. FERC clearly recognized the need for a flexible system based on its acceptance of the recommendations by the North American Energy Standards Board."

  • RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: #US energy imports & exports to come into balance for first time since 1950s http://t.co/Kd1JLj96O8 http://t.…

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus April 15, 2015

    RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: #US energy imports & exports to come into balance for first time since 1950s http://t.co/Kd1JLj96O8 http://t.…

  • Meet the Workhorse of the Gulf

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 9, 2015

    Meet the Workhorse of the Gulf

    Nearly 90 percent of America's offshore oil rigs are in the Gulf of Mexico. When Gulf energy production began in earnest in the 1950s, drillers hired Louisiana fisherman to provide supplies and services to the oil rigs. But the heavy-duty nature of the work made that practice unsustainable and the drilling industry began using specialty vessels.

    The specialty supply boats evolved into what are now called offshore supply vessels, or OSVs. About the length of a football field, the typical OSV traveling to and from offshore oil rigs carries a large load: it might be 253,000 gallons of fuel oil, which is more than 21,000 times the capacity of the average car's gas tank; or it might be 10,250 cubic feet of dry cement, which is more than 36 times the capacity of the largest cement trunks. These workhorses of the Gulf also provide support for deep-water rig mooring and offshore and subsea rig construction.

    Now, the latest evolution of OSVs involves their own fuel source. Traditionally run on diesel fuel engines, OSVs now are starting to use a cleaner fuel: natural gas.

    Harvey Energy, a new 302-foot vessel operated by Harvey Gulf International Marine, runs on Wartsila's patented dual fuel engine that uses 99 percent natural gas and 1 percent diesel. According to Chad Verret, Harvey Gulf's Executive Vice President for LNG Operations, "using natural gas helps us deliver on our mission - providing excellent marine service while causing no harm to the environment." The OSV now serves Shell Oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and will be fueled at a new LNG marine fueling facility in Port Fourchon, Lousiana.

    "LNG is creating a paradigm shift going forward," said John Hatley, the Americas Vice President for Wartsila, the maker of the M/V Harvey Energy's dual fuel engine. "First, it's safe, proven technology. Second, environmental: it provides tremendous emission reductions across the board. Third, economics: it's compelling because it's fairly low cost and abundant. And fourth, and maybe superior to all, it's energy security for the United States… It's a tremendous boost to the U.S. economy and that means jobs."

  • ANGA Statement on the Growing Natural Gas Resource Estimate

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 8, 2015

    ANGA Statement on the Growing Natural Gas Resource Estimate

    Background: Following is a comment by America's Natural Gas Alliance's Chief Economist Erica Bowman on the Potential Gas Committee report today that shows a historically high assessment of the nation's natural gas resource. The 50th anniversary biennial technically recoverable resource estimate eclipses the 2013 record assessment by nearly 6 percent.

    "The Potential Gas Committee's report once again shows that with innovation and a better understanding of the science behind natural gas production, estimates about the size of this resource continue to grow. No other energy source has the potential to improve air quality, boost America's economy and add to our nation's energy security on such a large scale. And now it is time to put this clean and abundant resource to work to help our economy grow by exporting natural gas, increasing its use in power generation and employing it to fuel our nation's manufacturing renaissance."

  • UPS Doubles Down on Natural Gas

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 7, 2015

    UPS Doubles Down on Natural Gas

    UPS already operates one of the largest natural gas vehicle (NGV) fleets in the world, and the company's investment in this alternative fuel technology is growing.

    Just last week, UPS announced plans to more than double its U.S.-based NGV fleet. In the next year it will add more than 1,400 new trucks, which includes 800 tractors and 600 package delivery vehicles.

    The new vehicles will be deployed in Atlanta, Denver and Dallas, among other large cities. To support its growing fleet, UPS will build 15 additional natural gas fueling stations.

    "CNG is an important building block in our long-term fleet strategy and offers environmental and economic advantages," says Mitch Nichols, UPS Senior Vice President of Transportation and Engineering. With these additional 1,400 trucks, UPS' alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet will log more than 350 million miles per year, well on its way to achieving its goal of 1 billion miles by the end of 2017.

  • RT @EIAgov: Domestic #energy production meets about 89% of #US energy demand. #EnergyFacts http://t.co/pAQAuAgejJ http://t.co/41IbIL8fGv

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus April 7, 2015

    RT @EIAgov: Domestic #energy production meets about 89% of #US energy demand. #EnergyFacts http://t.co/pAQAuAgejJ http://t.co/41IbIL8fGv

  • How Electricity is Delivered to Your Home (in Five Steps)

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 1, 2015

    How Electricity is Delivered to Your Home (in Five Steps)

    Have you ever wondered how electricity gets delivered to your home? We break a complicated process down into five easy steps:

    1) Generate

    Though it may be obvious, the first step is to generate electricity. A lot of electricity to be exact: according to the Energy Information Administration, the United States generated more than 1 billion megawatt hours from natural gas in 2014. That's enough to charge more than 12 million Tesla Model S vehicles.

    A rendering of Dominion's Warren County, VA Power Station
    the largest power plant to enter service in 2014.

    2) Step it up

    Power plants typically produce electricity at 20,000 volts, but that electricity needs to be at an even higher voltage before it's fed into a power line. A "transformer" gets the job done by giving it a boost. When this occurs the electricity has been "stepped up."

    3) Transmit

    Power plants are often located hundreds of miles from homes and businesses, so a high-voltage transmission line is needed to deliver the electricity to the end-user. According to the Department of Energy, there are more than 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines in the US. When we say "high-voltage" we mean it: modern transmission lines can carry electricity at 765,000 volts.

    A look at electric transmission lines, greater than 345kV,
    along the East Coast. Map generated using EIA.gov.

    4) Step it down

    Before electricity meets your neighborhood's power lines, it needs to be "stepped down" by a "substation." As you might have guessed, this is the opposite of "stepping up." Electricity enters a substation at 765,000 volts and leaves as low as 4,000 volts.

    5) Distribute

    In this final step, the distribution system connects the substation to your home. This network of lines and small step-down transformers run throughout your neighborhood and has the important job of converting electricity to the lower voltages (240 and 120 volts) required by household appliances and fixtures.

  • RT @EnergyTomorrow: #LNG #exports = #jobs, billions in revenue for West Virginia. Learn more: http://t.co/eG6P6DJgKu http://t.co/D2IWOIC4oT

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus April 1, 2015

    RT @EnergyTomorrow: #LNG #exports = #jobs, billions in revenue for West Virginia. Learn more: http://t.co/eG6P6DJgKu http://t.co/D2IWOIC4oT

  • RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: Updated geologic maps provide greater detail for #Marcellus formation http://t.co/qgMYJYyDIb http://t.co/yNLE…

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus April 1, 2015

    RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: Updated geologic maps provide greater detail for #Marcellus formation http://t.co/qgMYJYyDIb http://t.co/yNLE

  • ANGA Statement on Study of Methane Emissions by Washington State University

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases March 31, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Study of Methane Emissions by Washington State University

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA President and CEO Marty Durbin on the latest study by Washington State University with support by EDF showing reduced methane emissions in natural gas distribution.

    "This latest study sponsored by EDF shows once again that the natural gas industry has been reducing emissions substantially and that innovation and cooperative efforts have led to much greater reductions at a faster pace than any regulation would. Just as the production sector has cut methane emissions since the shale revolution began in 2005, the distribution sector also has taken steps to upgrade systems and reduce emissions. We hope that the administration will take note of the broad industry reductions as shown in this and previous EDF studies and in the Environmental Protection Agency's own data and will continue with cooperative steps that can lead to further substantial emissions reductions."

  • The World’s Largest Moving Object

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog March 27, 2015

    The World’s Largest Moving Object

    Ninety thousand cargo ships crisscross the seas every year, carrying a total of 17 million containers of cargo. What lies within is the stuff that fills our lives and moves our economy. From food to footwear to pharmaceuticals, getting these everyday goods from the production line to homes around the globe is a big job, and these ocean freighters have the muscle to do it.

    Make no mistake, these ships are massive. The first American Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-fueled cargo ship set to launch this fall is more than two football fields long and cleaner than ever. Maersk's Triple-E ships, the world's newest and largest, is taller than the Eiffel Tower and can carry 18,000 twenty-foot containers – that's roughly 864 million bananas. The vessel is so impressive it inspired Lego to make a mini version using 1,516 bricks.

    However, unlike Legos, building these mammoth vessels is no small task. And until now, ensuring they are not only good for the economy, but also the planet seemed impossible.

    At Okpo, a port in South Korea, 46,000 people work to build 100 of the world's most impressive cargo ships annually, including the Maersk Triple-E. Photographer Alastair Wiper did an amazing job capturing this process for WIRED last year. Each vessel takes roughly three months, depending on size, and can require up to 12,000 steel plates – enough to cover eight football fields - which are broken into 127,000 pieces before being welded back together. But unlike their predecessors, these mega ships are designed for lower speeds. Lower speeds means lower fuel consumption, which means lower CO2 emissions.

    Back in the US, the Jones Act requires all ships sailing to and from US ports to be American-made. This 95-year old law, combined with recent booms in domestic energy production and a recovering manufacturing sector has kept thousands of Americans employed by the shipping industry in places like Philadelphia and along the West Coast.

    Construction of TOTE's new LNG-powered ship employed 600 in Southern California alone. But it's not just jobs these ships are supporting. With clean-burning LNG as its fuel and this TOTE's ship surpasses both the Environmental Protection Agency's clean air regulations and standards set by the United Nations to reduce air pollution in the maritime sector. This next generation of mega ships are some of the world's largest – and truly the most environmentally friendly.

    This is Part One of a three part series exploring how cargo ships are fueling a global economic and environmental recovery. Next week, we'll look at what powers cargo ships. Hint: it's a bit bigger than your car's engine.

  • ANGA Comments on BLM's Final Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases March 20, 2015

    ANGA Comments on BLM's Final Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

    Background: Following is a comment by Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs for America's Natural Gas Alliance, on the release of hydraulic fracturing rules today by the Bureau of Land Management.

    "BLM's rule is a step in the wrong direction. We are disappointed that the rule did not appropriately recognize the extensive regulatory structures already in place in states across this country. This overly burdensome approach adds an unneeded regulatory layer that could affect our members' ability to produce this clean, abundant and affordable natural gas resource."

    "State regulators have shown that they best understand the unique geological conditions that exist within their borders, and they have the expertise needed to oversee natural gas development."

    "With our industry's commitment to safe and responsible development and with strong state regulation that provides the public with confidence in our work, America can take full advantage of the many economic, environmental and energy security benefits this domestic energy resource offers. Unfortunately, BLM's rule could impede our nation's ability to enjoy those benefits."

  • ANGA Statement on Introduction of the Clean Air Strong Economies (CASE) Act

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases March 17, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Introduction of the Clean Air Strong Economies (CASE) Act

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA Executive Vice President Frank J. Macchiarola on legislation, sponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Rep Pete Olson (R-TX), that would establish achievable emissions standards for ozone.

    "We applaud Senators John Thune and Joe Manchin and Congressman Pete Olson for once again proposing common sense ozone legislation that creates a balanced approach toward cleaner air while allowing for continued economic growth. ANGA supports the Clean Air Strong Economies Act (S.751) as a practical approach to improving our nation's air quality through realistic and achievable emissions regulations. Safe and responsible oil and natural gas production in shale regions across the country supports 1.7 million jobs and $238 billion in economic activity every year and has helped fuel a manufacturing renaissance projected to add 1 million jobs by 2025. The Clean Air Strong Economic Act seeks to continue that progress by working to avoid overly burdensome and costly regulations. We look forward to working with the House and Senate to advance this legislation."