AGA Unveils Responsible Natural Gas Resource Development Principles

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AGA Unveils Responsible Natural Gas Resource Development Principles

Washington, D.C. - The American Gas Association (AGA) today released a set of principles that outline the benefits of developing abundant and clean natural gas as an energy source in America, and the importance of sustainable and responsible development of this foundation fuel. Additionally, AGA launched a new section of its website, which houses resources for the public regarding how the natural gas resource is being developed, with a particular emphasis on the use of hydraulic fracturing of natural gas from shale formations.

Recent technological advancements associated with horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have made it increasingly cost effective to produce shale gas in new resource areas a boon to our economy and consumers across the nation and it s our responsibility as an industry to help ensure these new resources are developed in a safe and environmentally sound fashion, said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA.

AGA s principles address a foundation for the sustainable and responsible development of all natural gas resources in our country and underscore the commitment of the local natural gas utilities to the communities they serve, stating: AGA and its member companies firmly believe that our domestic natural gas resource base can be developed responsibly, thereby providing America with an abundant supply of domestic natural gas and remaining good stewards of our environment.

McCurdy continued: AGA s members are closely tied to the communities that they serve, and we want what our customers want the safe and environmentally sound extraction, transport and delivery of affordable natural gas. Developing this abundant and clean energy resource in America can and should be realized in a responsible manner.

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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.

New Industry Principles, Website Resources