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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

 Natural Gas Utilities Reward Safety   


San Francisco, CA – Safety is the top priority for America’s natural gas utilities. The American Gas Association (AGA) represents more than 200 local energy utility companies that deliver natural gas to 177 million Americans nationwide and works everyday to promote a culture of safety amongst its members and their employees. AGA is recognizing 18 natural gas utility companies for achieving outstanding records for employee safety in 2011.

“America’s natural gas delivery system is the safest, most reliable energy delivery system in the nation. This is due to the hard work and dedication of the employees of our local natural gas utilities. I want to commend all of our award  recipients and thank these companies for being safety leaders in our industry,” said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA.

AGA’s annual Operations Conference is taking place today in San Francisco, CA with more than 800 attendees and 100 presentations on issues ranging from employee safety programs to advances in pipeline construction to regulatory compliance for pipeline safety. With attendance growing exponentially each year, the conference is the premiere meeting place to exchange industry practices and information on natural gas operations. Former Mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown will speak at the opening session in addition to President and COO, Utilities, Integrys Energy Group and AGA Chairman Larry Borgard and Executive Vice President of Gas Operations for PG&E Nick Stavropoulos.

The Safety Achievement Awards were given to member companies that experienced the lowest “DART” incident rate — a mathematical calculation that describes the number of recordable injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time employees that resulted in days away from work or restricted work activity. 

The Safety Achievement Award recipients are: 

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (Fort Pierce, FL) 
Dominion Hope (Clarksburg, WV)
Entergy Gas Distribution (New Orleans, LA)
Duke Energy (Cincinnati, OH)
SourceGas (Lakewood, CO)
Dominion East Ohio (Cleveland, OH) and
COMGÁS (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Enbridge Gas Distribution (North York, Ontario)
Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power (Cheyenne, WY)
Vectren Corporation (Evansville, IN)
Consumers Energy (Jackson, MI)
Midwestern Gas Transmission and Guardian Pipeline (Tulsa, OK)
National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation (Williamsville, NY)  
Panhandle Energy (Houston, TX)

The following AGA member companies earned Safety Achievement Awards by experiencing the lowest motor vehicle accident rate for companies of their type:
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (Dover, DE)
City of Holyoke Gas & Electric (Holyoke, MA)
ONEOK Gas Transportation (Tulsa, OK)
Berkshire Gas (Pittsfield, MA)

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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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