Responsible Natural Gas Development


Responsible Natural Gas Development

The American Gas Association (AGA) believes that the benefits of developing the abundant and clean natural gas energy resource in America can and should be realized. We also believe it can be developed in a responsible manner. Over the past several years a truly game-changing event has occurred in the natural gas industry thanks to improved technologies that are allowing energy producers to access significant and growing supplies of domestic natural gas from shale formations and other unconventional reservoirs.

AGA Resources Library
I. AGA s Principles on Responsible Natural Gas Development
II. AGA Issue Briefs - Responsible Natural Gas Development [Members Only]
III. AGA Memoranda and Policy Analyses
IV. AGA Natural Gas Market Indicators




Responsible Natural Gas Development Group Contacts: Pam Lacey, Chief Regulator Counsel, Office of General Counsel, or
Chris McGill, Vice President, Policy Analysis,

For programming assistance, contact Lucy Castaneda-Land,



AGA Members Only: Briefing Memo on 90-day SEAB Report

DOE SEAB Report on Shale Gas Development
The Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board ("SEAB") issued its 90-day interim report on August 18, 2011, making recommendations to improve safety and environmental practices for natural gas hydraulic fracturing from shale formations.
AGA Members Only: Briefing Memo on SEAB Final Report

The Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board ( SEAB ) issued its final report on November 17, 2011, calling for immediate implementation of 20 recommendations for air, water and community impact management.
AGA's Principles on Responsible Natural Gas Development

The completion practices required to produce natural gas, specifically from shale formations, have attracted considerable attention in both the media and public policy circles. Safe and reliable extraction, transport and delivery of natural gas to consumers remain the first priority for all natural gas industry participants. AGA has developed principles that address a foundation for the sustainable and responsible development of all natural gas resources in our country and underscore the commitment of local natural gas utilities to the communities they serve. 
API Workshop on Commitment to Excellence in Hydraulic Fracturing (Pittsburgh, Oct. 4-5, 2011)

American Petroleum Institute (API) hosted an excellent workshop in Pittsburgh - the heart of the Marcellus Shale play -- for representatives of industry, environmental groups, and state regulators regarding technologies, policies and regulatory initiatives that can help reduce the impact of shale gas production on communities and the environment while facilitating access to this vast supply of U.S. energy that has helped make energy cleaner and more affordable in recent years. Below are presentations from the workshop.

Radon and the Marcellus Formation Updated Resources & Information Backed by Independent Testing and Respected Scientific StudiesColorado Strategy: Lead, Engage, Adapt - Tisha Schuller
External Resources

Resource Assessments 
Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Natural Gas Subcommittee

Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Natural Gas Subcommittee-