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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


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 Natural Gas Utilities Activate Mutual Assistance Program In Response to Hurricane Sandy   


Washington, D.C. – Safety is the top priority for the American Gas Association (AGA) and its member companies. Our hearts go out to those that have been affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Natural gas utilities throughout the country are working to help these communities with their rebuilding efforts.

American Gas Association members participate in a mutual assistance program for unprecedented disasters requiring the dedication of response, recovery and restoration resources outside the limits of existing local, state and regional mutual assistance programs. In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, and in its aftermath, more than twenty natural gas utilities have held daily calls to offer assistance and guidance to utilities and safety officials in the communities where natural gas service has been interrupted.

In New Jersey alone, there are more than 400 personnel on the ground, including crews from eight other natural gas utilities from surrounding areas. AGA staff has worked closely with the Northeast Gas Association to coordinate utility assistance to companies in need and has been in constant contact with the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and other federal and local regulators.

Clean natural gas provides one-fourth of the nation’s energy. This abundant, domestic resource is the dominant source of energy for heat and hot water in residences and businesses across this country.  The natural gas industry operates over 2.4 million miles of pipelines – the largest and safest energy delivery system in the world. Our members work with public officials, emergency responders, excavators, consumers, safety advocates and members of the public to continue to improve the industry’s longstanding record of providing natural gas service safely and effectively to more than 177 million Americans.

America’s natural gas utilities are a leading voice for safety in the pipeline industry. Our “Commitment to Enhancing Safety,” released in May, details actions that are being addressed by AGA or individual operators that go above and beyond current pipeline regulations. The industry has put in place a number of safeguards to help better detect a potential natural gas leak. For instance, utilities odorize natural gas with Mercaptan — which smells similar to rotten eggs — in order to provide an added layer of safety for leak detection purposes. In addition, all natural gas pipeline operators are required to develop and implement a pipeline safety public awareness program to help educate the public in the vicinity of a pipeline, as well as state and local emergency response personnel, public officials and excavators.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Federal Emergency Management Program and the U.S. Fire Administration have provided these tips for consumers during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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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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