American Gas Association Statement on Incident in Massachusetts
Washington, D.C. – “Our hearts go out to those who are suffering and have lost loved ones and homes as a result of the tragic incidents in Massachusetts. Safety is at the very core of the work we do as an industry and natural gas utilities work tirelessly to help ensure the safety of their customers, communities and employees.
“Right now, our efforts and attention are focused on the communities and people affected by this tragedy. We understand that subject matter experts from the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and state regulatory agencies are investigating the incident. As they release their findings, and we better understand the root cause of the incident, the American Gas Association is prepared to work with our members, state and federal pipeline safety regulators and other interested stakeholders to take additional actions to preserve the safety of the natural gas delivery system and the communities we serve.”
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 73 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 69 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.