The American Gas Association Peer Review Program is a voluntary peer-to-peer safety and operational practices review program that will allow local natural gas utilities throughout the nation to observe their peers, share leading practices and identify opportunities to better serve customers and communities.
The Natural Gas Industry Buyer's Guide has proven to be a valuable resource for association members and other industry professionals who use the Internet to locate products and services for the entire natural gas industry.
Because safety is the natural gas industry's top priority, the industry spends more than $6 billion each year to maintain the system's excellent safety record. Serious accidents on the natural gas delivery system are rare, but the natural gas industry is dedicated to making them obsolete.
Through the decades, a variety of materials have been used to make natural gas pipelines. The selection of materials varies with the date the pipeline was placed in service, the diameter and pressurization requirements of the pipeline, and the characteristics of the local terrain. Listed below are the most common pipeline materials.
On March 30, 2015, the AGA joined a coalition letter filed with the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works (Corps), asking the Corps to address several deficiencies in the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Biological Opinion (BO) on the Corps’ Nationwide Permit Program (NWP Program).
On April 14, 2015, AGA joined a Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC) letter supporting the passage of the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, which calls for the withdrawal of the existing EPA-Army Corps proposal defining "Waters of the U.S." and the development of a new proposal based on sound science, cost-benefit analysis, and comprehensive consultation with states and stakeholders.
On April 17, AGA responded to a request from the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, regarding areas where regulatory inefficiencies are impacting AGA members. AGA's letter focused on Permit Streamlining issues impacting the timeliness and transparency of agency processes for securing natural gas infrastructure permits.
On March 25, 2015, AGA and the Natural Gas Council filed comments with the Council on Environmental Quality, urging the Council to withdraw its draft guidance requiring specific Greenhouse Gas and Climate Analysis as a part of NEPA review for all federal land and resource management decisions.
The biennial report, "Potential Supply of Natural Gas in the United States," details the nation's total technically recoverable resource base of natural gas, which provides the foundation for stable prices, customer savings, energy security and more.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for residential natural gas furnaces, which would mandate that all non-weatherized natural gas furnaces manufactured must have a 92 percent or higher efficiency rating. These proposed standards would eliminate efficient, non-condensing furnaces, causing an undue burden on, and significant costs for, many natural gas customers.
The American Gas Association serves as the secretariat to the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z380, Gas Piping Technology Committee. The GPTC develops and publishes ANSI Z380.1, Guide for Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems. For more information, click here.