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  • 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."

  • How Texas Can Double Its Investment Using Natural Gas, Again

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog March 12, 2015

    How Texas Can Double Its Investment Using Natural Gas, Again

    Everything is bigger in Texas, and that could include the state's adoption of natural gas transportation and infrastructure.

    That's why leaders in Austin on Thursday unveiled new legislation that builds on the success of the state's natural gas transportation fleet. Senator Carlos Uresti is introducing a bill that will convert as many as 28,000 state fleet vehicles to natural gas and establish 20 new natural gas fueling stations every year for ten years. That's Texas-sized progress.

    SB 12 builds on the 2012-2014 Clean Transportation Triangle Initiative to a statewide level, prioritizing innovation, clean energy and smart spending for Texas. The program promotes the upgrade of the thousands of cars and trucks the state maintains, creating direct economic benefits in jobs and significant cost savings as the UTSA study demonstrated.

    And the program has had a substantial economic impact. State grants worth about $53 million have generated $128 million in economic return, including private spending on natural gas vehicles and filling stations in the state, according to a study by the University of Texas at San Antonio. It also has helped clean the air.

    The legislation may offer lessons for other states as they explore new ways to pay forward the shale boom while reducing emissions. In 2014 alone, the Texas Triangle Initiative grants created 927 jobs, financed 618 natural gas-powered vehicles and helped build 54 fueling stations.

    For other states, the Texas example offers an intriguing model: invest in natural gas in a big way and double the economic return.

  • ANGA Statement on SB 12 (TX), the Alternative Fuels Initiative

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases March 12, 2015

    ANGA Statement on SB 12 (TX), the Alternative Fuels Initiative

    Background: The following is a statement issued by Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), on the introduction by State Sen. Carlos Uresti (TX) of SB 12, the Alternative Fuels Initiative, to promote the increased use of natural gas vehicles by the state.

    "The benefits of natural gas are clear: it's better for the environment, it's cost effective and it's produced right here at home. We are pleased that Texas continues to seek opportunities to promote more widespread use of this clean energy source. By transitioning the state's vehicle fleet to natural gas, Texans are helping to improve air quality in a cost effective way."

    "We look forward to working with Sen. Uresti and the entire legislature to ensure that clean, abundant and affordable natural gas continues to drive Texas and that there is a healthy network of stations throughout the state to fuel natural gas vehicles. We also hope that other states will follow Texas' lead to adopt and invest in natural gas vehicles to power a cleaner future."

  • 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.


  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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."