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News Releases 2012
Homes With Natural Gas Appliances Save An Average of $518 Annually
President Touts Benefits of Natural Gas
Natural Gas is Key to Our Nation’s Economic Future
Natural Gas Council Statement on State of the Union Speech
AGA Report Shows U.S. Has Largest Natural Gas Storage in the World
Energy Groups Urge EPA and DOT To Provide Level Playing Field For Natural Gas Vehicles Under New Fuel Economy and Tailpipe Emission Standards
AGA Disappointed With LIHEAP Funding in President’s Budget
AGA Releases 2012 Playbook
Natural Gas Utilities Call For Full Funding of LIHEAP
AGA Praises FERC for Elevating Discussion On Gas-Electric Integration Issues
AGA Welcomes George Lowe as New Vice President of Federal Affairs
AGA Report Details Responsible Natural Gas Development
Executive Order to Speed-up Energy Infrastructure Permitting Process Will Help Natural Gas Customers
Natural Gas Council Asks FERC to Lead Effort Examining Gas-Electric Coordination and Market Rules Affecting Reliability
Calling 811 Before You Dig Can Save Lives
AGA Encourages FERC Dialogue on Gas-Electric Issues
U.S. Natural Gas Reserves At Record Levels
Limited Data on Methane a Fundamental Challenge
AGA Encouraged by Obama’s Executive Order
AGA to Host LNG 17
Natural Gas is the Best Heating Value
Natural Gas Utilities Reward Safety
Utilities Take Action to Further Improve the Safety of Natural Gas Distribution Systems
Customers See Benefits of Natural Gas Abundance
United States Leads Worldwide Conversation About Responsible Resource Development
Natural Gas Utilities: Building and Enhancing an Advanced Energy Delivery System
ARPA-E Program Will Spur Natural Gas Vehicle Innovation
McCurdy: Developing the market for natural gas vehicles enhances both our energy security and our economy
NPC Study Emphasizes Significant Opportunities
LNG 17—Open for Registration
Building A 21st Century Infrastructure In Communities Across the Nation
AGA Response to Romney Energy Plan
AGA Applauds White House Fuel Efficiency Standards
White House Executive Order Will Increase Competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturing
Obama Outlines Future with Natural Gas
Natural Gas Fueling Infrastructure Models Vary
AGA Says Customers will Benefit from Low Prices Again this Winter
Stephen Ewing Receives AGA’s Distinguished Service Award
Questar Corp. Chairman, President & CEO Ronald Jibson Elected 2013 AGA Chairman
AGA Report Envisions a Decade of Natural Gas Market Stability
Natural Gas Utilities Activate Mutual Assistance Program In Response to Hurricane Sandy
AGA Congratulates President Obama, Encourages Smart Energy Policies
AGA Commends NARUC For Continued Recognition Of The Benefits Of Natural Gas
Utilities Work Towards Increased Safety For Natural Gas Infrastructure
Powerful Step To Help Reduce Barriers For Natural Gas Vehicles
Delivering the Promises of Natural Gas in 2013 and Beyond
DOE Report Affirms Role of Natural Gas as a Foundation Fuel
AGA Applauds Policy Guidance on Cyber Threat Information Sharing and Antitrust
Utilities Work With Congress to Continue Safe Delivery of Natural Gas
Thomas E. Skains, Piedmont Natural Gas, Receives AGA’s Distinguished Service Award


AGA Contacts:
Jennifer O’Shea, 202-824-7023
Jake Rubin, 202-824-7027

 Calling 811 Before You Dig Can Save Lives   


Washington, D.C. — America’s natural gas utilities urge you to call 811 before you dig. A utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes nationwide.  One-third of these incidents are caused by failure to call 811 before beginning a digging project.

“You can help keep yourself and your community safe by calling 811 to have the underground utility lines marked before you begin any project,” said Dave McCurdy, President and CEO of the American Gas Association. “Delivering clean natural gas to our customers safely and reliably is our industry’s number one priority. The natural gas industry has worked diligently with other stakeholders to implement this throughout the country and we need homeowners and professional excavators to do their part to keep the public safe by calling 811. There is no cost and it could save a life.”

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and outages. Every digging project - even small projects like installing a mailbox, building a deck or planting a tree or garden - warrants a call to 811. 

When calling 811, the individual is automatically connected to the local one-call center which collects information about the digging project. The one-call center then transmits this information to the appropriate utility companies who will send representatives to mark the locations of underground lines in the immediate vicinity of the planned work location.   Additional information can be found at

This April marks the fifth annual National Safe Digging Month, an initiative put in place by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) to remind professionals and homeowners of the importance of following safe digging procedures.  AGA has been a proud sponsor of the CGA ever since its inception in 2000. AGA member utilities are committed to promoting safe digging practices to help ensure public safety.

The “Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act” which became law at the beginning of this year, contains a strong incentive for states to remove current one call exemptions, requiring all entities that excavate around pipelines to call 811 before they dig.

AGA praised the unanimous and bipartisan support for this legislation and AGA’s members were fully engaged throughout the process to make sure a strong, safe and smart bill was developed. America’s natural gas utilities are working with federal and state regulators to ensure that our distribution and transmission system continues to be the safest and most reliable method of delivering energy in the nation.

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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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