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 3/31/2010 

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Jennifer O’Shea, 202-824-7023
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 AGA Statement on Administration’s Energy Exploration Plan   

 
   

Natural gas can be found in abundance on American soil, with more than 100 years of supply at our fingertips. This clean, efficient, affordable fuel is available right now for home heating, cooking, water heating and power generation. AGA supports open access to our country’s vast resources of natural gas, both onshore and offshore.

Washington, D.C. — The American Gas Association (AGA) today released the following statement in response to the administration’s proposal for domestic energy production:

“In this time of economic insecurity, Americans should be able to rely on homegrown energy resources.  To that end, AGA is encouraged by our administration’s plan to open new areas of the mid-and-south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico to energy exploration.  This is a positive first step towards securing our country’s energy independence.

“Natural gas can be found in abundance on American soil, with more than 100 years of supply at our fingertips.   This clean, efficient, affordable fuel is available right now for home heating, cooking, water heating and power generation.  AGA supports open access to our country’s vast resources of natural gas, both onshore and offshore.

“In order to fully capitalize on America’s supply potential, AGA urges the administration to allow exploration of lands that are currently open for natural gas and oil production but are not being tapped, such as the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).  These energy-rich areas can and should be explored in order to steer us away from foreign resources and to help keep costs down for American consumers.

“With the right policy decisions from our lawmakers, AGA’s 195 member utilities will continue to deliver natural gas safely and reliably to their 64 million U.S. natural gas customers for many years to come.”

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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

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