• RT @DanWhitten: Shale boom has helped many states revive their economy, says @wsj reporter @AmyAHarder. #rcpmidterms #energy #natgas

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus October 16, 2014

    RT @DanWhitten: Shale boom has helped many states revive their economy, says @wsj reporter @AmyAHarder. #rcpmidterms #energy #natgas

  • RT @EIAgov: Watch EIA's new Trends in #Energy video to learn more about increasing #US #oil and #natgas production

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus October 15, 2014

    RT @EIAgov: Watch EIA's new Trends in #Energy video to learn more about increasing #US #oil and #natgas production

  • Construction Jobs Booming Thanks to Domestic Energy Development

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog October 15, 2014

    Construction Jobs Booming Thanks to Domestic Energy Development

    Oil and natural gas development in the Marcellus shale region has created more than 45,000 construction jobs over the last six years, according to a new study released Tuesday. The study found that these jobs would not have been created had it not been for energy development.

    “Simply put, the development of our nation's domestic energy resources is the single biggest contributing factor for job growth in the U.S. construction industry today, as well as other sectors of our economy,” said Sean McGarvey, President and Chairman of North America's Building Trades Unions.

    The Institute for Construction Economic Research and researchers Dr. Robert Bruno of the School of Labor and Employment Benefits at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Michael Cornfield drew the jobs data from the states where the Marcellus Shale Play has a geographical footprint, including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

    “These job increases represent well-paying, middle-class careers comprised of the safest and most highly skilled workers who are committed to developing these resources in a safe and responsible manner,” added McGarvey.

    The study comes on the heels of an IHS study released in September which shows that America’s shale revolution is creating and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs up and down the supply chain for oil and gas producers. According to IHS: “Employment related to unconventional oil and gas production in these supply chain industries totaled 524,000 jobs in 2012 and is expected to grow 45 percent to 757,000 jobs in 2025.”

    The construction jobs study was commissioned by the Oil and Natural Gas Labor-Management Committee, which consists of labor unions representing workers in the energy sector. You can view it here.

  • ANGA Comments on Proposed Ozone Legislation

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases October 8, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Proposed Ozone Legislation

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

    “Senator Thune and Congressman Pete Olson have proposed legislation that creates a balanced approach toward cleaner air that also advances economic growth. ANGA supports the Clean Air, Strong Economies Act (S.2833, H.R. 5505) as a commonsense method 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 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. This legislation seeks to sustain 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.”

  • ANGA Welcomes Godlewski as New NGVAmerica President

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases October 8, 2014

    ANGA Welcomes Godlewski as New NGVAmerica President

    Background: Marty Durbin, president and chief executive officer for America’s Natural Gas Alliance made the following statement praising the decision by Natural Gas Vehicles for America’s (NGVAmerica) board of directors for appointing Matthew Godlewski as the organization’s next president.

    “Matt’s appointment represents an important new direction for NGVAmerica and for the natural gas vehicle industry as a whole. His experience, his vision for the future of this burgeoning industry and his leadership will bring important stakeholders together to better leverage abundant, American natural gas in our transportation sector. Doing so will improve air quality, strengthen our economy and enhance our energy security. We are excited to have Matt on board at NGVAmerica.”

  • New Study Points to Major Marine and Rail Opportunities with Greater Use of LNG

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog October 7, 2014

    New Study Points to Major Marine and Rail Opportunities with Greater Use of LNG

    Thousands of miles of rail, inland waterways and coastal routes crisscross America moving products, energy and people. A new study out today confirms that thanks to its cleaner profile and low cost, greater use of natural gas as a marine and rail fuel is becoming a welcome reality.

    The study, performed by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) and commissioned by ANGA, sought to identify locations across three key areas- the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River and its tributaries - with the best potential for demand growth to support liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure investment.

    What GNA found was truly impressive: With continued coordination between end-users, suppliers, and stakeholders, potential U.S. LNG demand from high horsepower users—in just these three regions—could reach one billion gallons annually by 2029, approximately seven times all current domestic LNG use for transportation.

    Much like power generation, manufacturing and on-road transportation, use of natural gas for marine and rail is being driven by abundant supplies, low cost and a cleaner profile. A 2014 MARAD study finds that LNG as a marine fuel has clear environmental advantages: next to established ship fuels, it emits 85 percent less NOx and SOx, 90 percent less particulate matter and 30 percent less carbon dioxide.

    Already, LNG-powered marine vessels are underway or under construction at many of our nation’s shipyards. From Harvey Gulf’s LNG-powered offshore service vessels to the world’s first LNG-powered container ship being built for TOTE in San Diego, there are currently 19 confirmed orders for LNG or LNG-conversion-ready vessels in North America. GNA estimates that within 15 years, 363 U.S.-flagged vessels could generate 380 million gallons of LNG demand annually.

    Of the three key areas studies in this report, GNA projects that the Gulf of Mexico will feature the largest amount of LNG vessel activity. This presents a unique opportunity to develop the region into the world’s leading bunkering—or refueling—destination for LNG.

    Not far behind LNG adoption in the marine space, major railroads across the country are in various stages of testing LNG as a locomotive fuel, with the study estimating that commercial locomotive adoption is likely to begin later this decade. Again, fuel cost is driving innovation. Class I railroads in North America consume approximately four billion gallons of diesel each year. If the railroads converted even one third of their operations to natural gas, they would be able to save approximately $2.6 million each day.

    With so much to gain from the adoption of LNG as a high horsepower fuel for marine and rail, producers, pipeline operators and end users all have a stake in working together to make the most of this incredible opportunity.

    Want to learn more? Read the full report here.

  • Louisiana City Buys CNG Ambulance

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog October 6, 2014

    Louisiana City Buys CNG Ambulance

    From school districts and transit authorities to taxicab companies and delivery companies, transportation fleets across the country increasingly are taking advantage of the lower emissions, quieter engines and cost savings that natural gas provides.

    Now a city in northwestern Louisiana is using compressed natural gas (CNG) for perhaps its most important function: saving lives.

    Bossier City, Louisiana, sits atop the Haynesville Shale, a major natural gas shale play that helps make Louisiana a top natural gas producing state. The city, on the Red River near Shreveport, is also a pioneer in the use of CNG as a transportation fuel. It opened its first CNG fueling station in 2010 and its second in 2011, and now the Bossier City Fire Department is transitioning its ambulance fleet to clean, efficient CNG engines.

    According to this story in the Bossier Press-Tribune, the Bossier City ambulance was custom-built by Excellance Inc., an Alabama firm, and is the first Ford Motor Company QVM (Qualified Vehicle Modifier)-approved CNG ambulance. It’s the first ambulance in the state fully powered by CNG.

    The city estimates the CNG ambulance will save about $40,000 in fuel costs over the typical six-to-seven-year life of a city ambulance, according to the article. The ambulance also incorporates the latest features in safety technology allowing rescue workers to access backboards, used to move victims, from both sides of the vehicle.

    Bossier City plans to convert its ambulance fleet to CNG, at a rate of about one a year.

  • Arkansas Celebrates 10 Years of Natural Gas Growth

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog October 2, 2014

    Arkansas Celebrates 10 Years of Natural Gas Growth

    In the course of a decade, natural gas from the Fayetteville Shale has made Arkansas a leader in the national conversation on natural gas and transformed the state’s economy. Ten years ago, Southwestern Energy took a calculated risk by drilling in the Arkansas shale play. This bold move launched a statewide energy resurgence that provided a needed shot in the arm to the Arkansas economy.

    Here’s how natural gas has changed the Arkansas energy landscape over the last 10 years:

    • Arkansas has emerged as the 8th largest producer of marketed natural gas.
    • Billions have been invested in Arkansas’ energy infrastructure, including the $1 billion Fayetteville Express Pipeline
    • Pipeline infrastructure has reached a total of 6,201 miles throughout the state.
    • Arkansas has over 1,000 natural gas vehicles on the road with 11 public CNG stations operating or under construction
    • Through 2010, the natural gas industry supported more than 36,000 state-wide Arkansan jobs. By 2011, the Fayetteville shale alone accounted for 22,000 jobs.
    • The average annual wage in the natural gas industry in Arkansas is $74,555.

    In past ten years, the Fayetteville Shale play has exceeded expectations for job growth, natural gas output and economic impact, becoming a key driver of growth for the state.

    As economist Kathy Deck stated:

    “Without the employment associated with the exploration and development of the Fayetteville Shale, Arkansas would have suffered a ‘lost decade’ where employment at the end of the period was lower than employment at the beginning.”

    By leading the charge, Southwestern Energy not only put Arkansas on the map for shale gas, but, as Deck points out, created key opportunities for the state during the great recession.

    Today, development in the Fayetteville shale is supporting continued job growth —projections show that by 2015, the natural gas industry will employ 54,000 people in Arkansas.

    As natural gas use for power generation grows across the state, and around the country, Arkansas’ role in the natural gas market will be more important than ever. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), natural gas use in the state is now twice that of ten years ago, bringing with it economic and environmental benefits that will benefit Arkansas for years to come.

    With over $12.7 billion invested in production over the last 10 years, natural gas has played a monumental role in establishing Arkansas as a national energy player. We can’t wait to see what natural gas will build in the next 10 years.

  • Contrasting American and Australian Natural Gas Markets

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog October 1, 2014

    Contrasting American and Australian Natural Gas Markets

    A new ICF International study puts to rest the notion that natural gas prices will rise in the United States as a result of exports, just because the same thing happened in Australia. In fact the two countries, which rest a half a world apart, could not be more different when it comes to gas markets. And this study explains why.

    The study pinpoints dissimilarities between U.S. and Australian markets in size, interconnectivity and transparency, differences in economy, population, pipeline infrastructure and natural gas resource base. It concludes that the large price increases arising from demand for LNG exports in Australia has little relevance to the U.S. “Instead,” the study says, “U.S. gas supplies are expected to grow along with new demands from U.S. liquefaction plants, largely obviating the need to reduce demand in other sectors through higher prices”.

    In stark contrast to the U.S., Australia has no national market. Rather, Australia has three smaller markets that are physically and geographically independent. This means that “a large demand increase or a supply disruption in any one of them can have big price effects”, whereas the interconnectivity of the U.S. market makes it easy to absorb new market demands.

    Further, while Australia is a major natural gas producer and exporter, it is not a large natural gas consumer. Therefore, the country has not built the infrastructure necessary to get gas flowing freely across the vast country, making it more difficult and costly to get gas to new markets. The U.S. infrastructure, by contrast, is some of the most sophisticated in the world.

    The report explains that the U.S. gas market is much bigger than Australia’s, in part because of the immense size of the U.S. economy, population, and labor market. “In terms of domestic gas production, the United States is 12.7 times as large as Australia (24.06 trillion cubic feet per year vs. 1.90 Tcf per year) and in terms of the domestic gas consumption, it is about 24 times as large as Australia (25.53 Tcf vs. 1.045 Tcf per year).”

    It does no good to compare the two markets when evaluating the impact on price. LNG exports are expected to account for only a fraction of the U.S. gas market, and the U.S. will be able to grow supplies to meet new demand.

  • RT @KenPCohen: The #energy sector supply chain could reach  $60 billion in 2025, via @UPI

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus September 26, 2014

    RT @KenPCohen: The #energy sector supply chain could reach $60 billion in 2025, via @UPI

  • IHS Study: Shale Gas Supply Chain Transforming American Economy

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog September 24, 2014

    IHS Study: Shale Gas Supply Chain Transforming American Economy

    A new IHS study released yesterday shows that America’s shale revolution is creating and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs up and down the supply chain for oil and gas producers. The study confirms that the economic benefits of the unconventional oil and gas revolution are vast and widespread throughout several different sectors in both producing and non-producing states.

    According to IHS: “Employment related to unconventional oil and gas production in these supply chain industries totaled 524,000 jobs in 2012 and is expected to grow 45 percent to 757,000 jobs in 2025.”

    The study also noted that “[t]his represents a much faster growth rate than the pace projected for total US employment in manufacturing, which is forecasted to increase at a compound growth rate of only 0.2% from 2012 to 2025, an overall increase of only 2.5%.”

    The energy renaissance is boosting government revenues via the supply chain, as well. According to the report, these revenues will increase from $13 billion in 2012 to $16 billion in 2015 to $23 billion in 2025.

    The IHS study broke the unconventional oil and gas supply chain down into several core groups: providers of materials, capital goods, construction and well services, professional and other services, and logistics. Two of these – capital goods and construction and well services – accounted for than 55% of the economic benefits.

    The study also broke down the impact of this new age of has on supply chain industries by state, as well. By 2025, supply chain industries in shale gas-producing states will generate $170 billion in gross economic output, up from $126 billion in 2012. And in nonproducing states, the supply chain industries will generate $36 billion in gross economic output by 2025, up from $19 billion in 2012.

    From railcars to steel pipes to professional services, unconventional oil and gas production and development requires a vast and enormous supply chain. Thanks to the IHS study, we now have a much better picture of just how exactly the shale gas supply chain is transforming the American economy.

  • .@martyjdurbin , @KateriCallahan, @AmyREricson and Todd Skare before panel on #energy productivity. #2014AEMCSummit

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus September 17, 2014

    .@martyjdurbin , @KateriCallahan, @AmyREricson and Todd Skare before panel on #energy productivity. #2014AEMCSummit

  • ANGA Comments on Final DOE Approval of Cameron, Carib LNG Export Facilities

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases September 10, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Final DOE Approval of Cameron, Carib LNG Export Facilities

    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 the Cameron LNG LLC and Carib Energy LLC for the export of natural gas to non-free trade agreement nations.

    “DOE’s decision to grant final approval to Cameron LNG and Carib Energy is a positive step toward improving American energy and economic security. In particular, the approval to export 1.7 billion cubic feet per day of liquefied natural gas from the Cameron facility can help strengthen our standing globally while creating jobs and advancing the economy right here in the United States. We hope that the administration will proceed swiftly with approval for all terminals that are under review so that our nation can seize this window of opportunity to be a major player in global natural gas markets.”

  • Former Treasury Secretary Summers Again Calls for Increasing U.S. Energy Exports

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog September 10, 2014

    Former Treasury Secretary Summers Again Calls for Increasing U.S. Energy Exports

    On Tuesday, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers called for ending the U.S. ban on exporting crude oil. This would lead to a number of benefits, including lower gas prices, increased economic growth, a reduction in the trade deficit and a stronger U.S. dollar, Politico reported.

    “The merits are as clear as the merits with respect to any significant public policy issue that I have ever encountered,” Summers said at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution on the release of the study “Changing Markets: Economic Opportunities from Lifting the U.S. Ban on Crude Oil Exports.”

    The study is a follow up to a 2012 Brookings study on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, which concluded that “allowing natural gas exports would not materially impact U.S. natural gas prices, but would contribute to energy security by diversifying global LNG markets while sustaining U.S. natural gas production and providing more competitive gas pricing.”

    According to Summers, the current ban on oil exports was passed at a much different time for American energy, when the U.S. imported most of its oil. Today, however, the American energy boom has been so significant that the U.S. may soon lead the world in crude oil output.

    “So we have for the first time a situation today that we have not had in at least two generations, namely that the market is sending signals that it is desirable on free market grounds to export U.S. oil,” he said.

    Summers’ comments build on ones he made earlier this year, when he spoke forcefully in favor of LNG exports at an Export-Import Bank Conference in Washington, D.C.:

    We have the potential – there is no question – within the next decade for America to have the kind of influence in the world because of its ability to export fossil fuels that Saudi Arabia has had for the last several decades. Think about what that means for our influence in the world. Think about what that means for our capacity for prosperity… anyone who believes in U.S. competitiveness has to believe that when you've got a massive advantage and a new opportunity, you need to be able to export it. That's what we've told every other country in the world for the last 50 years, and we need to tell it to ourselves. And that means more permitting for the export of natural gas…

    It’s clear that American energy policy needs to better reflect the amazing energy advantage our country has been blessed with thanks to advances in technology. We should sieze this opportunity to lead the world in energy and transform the American economy.

  • RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: #Natgas, solar, wind lead power plant capacity additions in first-half 2014 http://t.c…

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus September 9, 2014

    RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: #Natgas, solar, wind lead power plant capacity additions in first-half 2014 http://t.c

  • Natural Gas Leads New Power Generation in 2014

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog September 2, 2014

    Natural Gas Leads New Power Generation in 2014

    More than half of new power generated this year has come from natural gas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced last week. According to the agency, in the first six months of 2014, 4,350 megawatts of new utility-scale generating capacity came online. Natural gas plants made up more than half of the additions, while solar plants contributed more than a quarter and wind plants around one-sixth.

    Of the four states that have added the most capacity so far this year, three of them did so using almost entirely natural gas. Florida added the most capacity of any state, all of it natural gas combined-cycle capacity. Utah added all natural-gas combined cycle capacity and Texas added nearly all of its capacity from natural gas.

    Natural gas’s importance to our energy future will become even greater in the years to come. Because of abundance of natural gas supplies, the Energy Information Administration is estimating that natural gas plants will account for 63% of all new power plant additions through 2040, compared to 31% for renewables, 3% for coal-fired plants and 3% for nuclear.

    Clearly, utilities and consumers have realized that enough natural gas will be there, at an affordable price, to plan for a future in which gas will be the go-to fuel for power plants. That means cleaner air and more efficient power production for years to come. A win-win for America!

  • Natural Gas Takes Off at Denver International Airport

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog September 2, 2014

    Natural Gas Takes Off at Denver International Airport

    Airports are a critical part of our transportation infrastructure. Almost like cities in themselves, they require a reliable source of energy to move thousands of employees, passengers and bags each day.

    For years airports have relied on traditional energy sources to meet their needs, but Denver International Airport (DIA) is breaking the mold through its extensive use of natural gas.

    As a LEED-Gold certified destination at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, DIA is not just one of the busiest airline hubs in America, it is one of the most environmentally sustainable and each day, natural gas helps the airport come to life.

    From heating more than 5.5 million square feet of buildings to supplying fuel for its vehicle and bus fleet, natural gas is a key piece of DIA’s sustainability strategy, and one that’s not likely to change in the future.

    Watch our video now and get the full story of DIA’s incredible transformation:

    Airport CEO, Kim Day, reaffirmed the airport’s mission to create a “green gateway” to the rest of the world by using natural gas and other environmentally sustainable practices.

    “We continue to invest in initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint and preserve the natural assets of Colorado,” Day said. “Most significant is our investment in green initiatives that are financially viable, which assures their perpetuity even in times of economic downturn.”

    “Natural gas is a key part of our energy portfolio, as it provides a lower-cost and more environmentally friendly solution for many of our operations,” Day added.

    Colorado’s own supply of natural gas helps fuel the transformation at DIA and across the state. As natural gas gains greater adoption, this resource will surely help other businesses and communities take off in a sustainable way, too.

    That’s something to think about.

  • “Transformational” New Atlantic Coast Pipeline Will Bring Natural Gas to Southeast

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog September 2, 2014

    “Transformational” New Atlantic Coast Pipeline Will Bring Natural Gas to Southeast

    Several energy companies today announced their intentions to create a major new 550-mile interstate natural gas pipeline called the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The pipeline will transport Marcellus and Utica natural gas from West Virginia southeast to Virginia and North Carolina and will be in service by 2018.

    This is great news for consumers and businesses in North Carolina and Virginia who will gain access to the abundant natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica regions. And it will mean an immediate boost to the economies of the pipeline states.

    In a joint statement, the CEOs of Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources said of the pipeline, “It will create thousands of construction jobs during development and significant new revenue for state and local governments throughout North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The expanded source of gas will also help fuel future economic development across the region as businesses and homes rely more on natural gas.”

    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also hailed the announcement, saying that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline "is a game changer for Virginia's economy, and the benefits will be both immediate and long-lasting." He added that "this will allow Dominion, who has coal plants that are 50, 60 years old, which they plan on shutting down — this a lot less emissions. So what we’re doing today is great for the environment... This is a win-win today for everybody.”

    The new pipeline will primarily be used for six utilities and related companies in the region, which will mean more reliability and stability for the area's energy consumers. Last winter’s extremely cold temperatures, which resulted in high demand for natural gas across much of the U.S., underscored the national need for more natural gas pipelines.

    Though it will take time for the benefits of this pipeline to be fully realized, it is a welcome development as cooler weather approaches.

  • Deciding on a Major? How About a Degree in Energy?

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog August 27, 2014

    Deciding on a Major? How About a Degree in Energy?

    It’s Labor Day weekend and the summer is coming to its unofficial end. Millions of students are entering higher education for the first time; soon they will need to pick a major, and finding a job after graduation is often a primary challenge.

    For many, the choice is a simple one – a degree in energy production. With a high demand for skilled workers, students across the country are finding opportunity right out of school, as the graduating class of 2014 can illustrate:

    Tim Bradley is a case in point. A recently minted graduate of Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum and Natural Gas, he quickly landed a job as a field pipeline technician, working on compressors, dehydration, pipelines and gathering lines. The salary from his pre-graduation internship alone was enough to let him purchase his first home. He’s upbeat about his own future -- and the industry’s.

    “I see natural gas as having a positive impact on the world,” says Bradley. “It’s a step in the right direction on greenhouse gases.”

    The School of Petroleum and Natural Gas at Lackawanna College was established in 2009 to help Pennsylvanians learn the skills needed for jobs on the Marcellus Shale. This year, as in years past, more than 90% of the graduating class’ students have already received a job offer. That placement rate contrasts starkly with the bleak picture for U.S. college graduates as a whole: more than 40% of recent college grads can’t secure jobs in their chosen fields, and nearly two million young Americans have given up looking for work altogether, according to recent research.

    The energy industry’s growth is creating opportunities for this generation. Unconventional oil and gas development has created more than 1.7 million American jobs and will account for an estimated 3 million by 2020, according to the IHS. To help supply skilled workers for this boom, specialized training programs similar to Lackawanna’s have been established across the country – at McMurry Training Center in Casper, Wyo. and West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling, W.V.; at Broome Community College in New York and Ohio’s Youngstown State University; and at many other places in between.

    Albert Castaneda, a California native, recently graduated with an engineering degree from Colorado School of Mines, where he appreciated the hands-on teaching environment. “Until you actually see what happens on a drill rig, you can’t put classroom teachings in perspective – so they get us on rigs quickly.” Castaneda, now working as an engineer in Colorado, finds inspiration in industry’s use of cutting-edge technologies to deliver a basic need. “People take it for granted that they can run their car or heat their home, but they don’t understand all of the work that goes into creating that power,” he added.

    The job growth in the energy sector is also attracting graduates who previously might have sought careers in law or finance. Blake Garrett is one such graduate. Having earned an MBA several years ago he turned down a Wall Street job, uninspired by the prospect of spending his days cold-calling prospective clients. Instead, he enrolled at Texas Tech to pursue a degree in energy engineering. Now he’s working for Anadarko as a field office production engineer in Fort Collins, Colo. “I’m excited,” Garrett says. “In production, you’re exposed to the drilling and to the completion. You learn so much.”

    And for many recent energy program graduates, a skilled job in natural gas means staying closer to home. Lackawanna graduate Megan Oliver was recently hired as an operations technician working in the midstream on gathering pipelines and compressor stations – applying lessons learned about hard work growing up on her parents’ Pennsylvania dairy farm. “Natural gas is going to change a lot of lives, especially around here. It is providing a lot of jobs to local people. That is why I wanted to get involved – I could see I could be part of that impact.”

    Oliver’s position is indicative of another trend in the industry: according to IHS projections, the number of women employed as petroleum engineers, managers and professionals are expected to grow by almost 70,000 between 2010 and 2030.

    At a time when many recent graduates are struggling to find work, the natural gas jobs engine is powering the American Dream for a new generation of American men and women. That’s something to think about.

  • RT @exxonmobil: #DidYouKnow: Often, #energy supports energy, like #natgas backing up wind.

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus August 27, 2014

    RT @exxonmobil: #DidYouKnow: Often, #energy supports energy, like #natgas backing up wind.

  • RT @exxonmobil: #DidYouKnow: Often, #energy supports energy, like #natgas backing up wind.

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus August 27, 2014

    RT @exxonmobil: #DidYouKnow: Often, #energy supports energy, like #natgas backing up wind.