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  • Deciding on a Major? How About a Degree in Energy?

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog August 27, 2014

    Deciding on a Major? How About a Degree in Energy?

    It’s Labor Day weekend and the summer is coming to its unofficial end. Millions of students are entering higher education for the first time; soon they will need to pick a major, and finding a job after graduation is often a primary challenge.

    For many, the choice is a simple one – a degree in energy production. With a high demand for skilled workers, students across the country are finding opportunity right out of school, as the graduating class of 2014 can illustrate:

    Tim Bradley is a case in point. A recently minted graduate of Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum and Natural Gas, he quickly landed a job as a field pipeline technician, working on compressors, dehydration, pipelines and gathering lines. The salary from his pre-graduation internship alone was enough to let him purchase his first home. He’s upbeat about his own future -- and the industry’s.

    “I see natural gas as having a positive impact on the world,” says Bradley. “It’s a step in the right direction on greenhouse gases.”

    The School of Petroleum and Natural Gas at Lackawanna College was established in 2009 to help Pennsylvanians learn the skills needed for jobs on the Marcellus Shale. This year, as in years past, more than 90% of the graduating class’ students have already received a job offer. That placement rate contrasts starkly with the bleak picture for U.S. college graduates as a whole: more than 40% of recent college grads can’t secure jobs in their chosen fields, and nearly two million young Americans have given up looking for work altogether, according to recent research.

    The energy industry’s growth is creating opportunities for this generation. Unconventional oil and gas development has created more than 1.7 million American jobs and will account for an estimated 3 million by 2020, according to the IHS. To help supply skilled workers for this boom, specialized training programs similar to Lackawanna’s have been established across the country – at McMurry Training Center in Casper, Wyo. and West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling, W.V.; at Broome Community College in New York and Ohio’s Youngstown State University; and at many other places in between.

    Albert Castaneda, a California native, recently graduated with an engineering degree from Colorado School of Mines, where he appreciated the hands-on teaching environment. “Until you actually see what happens on a drill rig, you can’t put classroom teachings in perspective – so they get us on rigs quickly.” Castaneda, now working as an engineer in Colorado, finds inspiration in industry’s use of cutting-edge technologies to deliver a basic need. “People take it for granted that they can run their car or heat their home, but they don’t understand all of the work that goes into creating that power,” he added.

    The job growth in the energy sector is also attracting graduates who previously might have sought careers in law or finance. Blake Garrett is one such graduate. Having earned an MBA several years ago he turned down a Wall Street job, uninspired by the prospect of spending his days cold-calling prospective clients. Instead, he enrolled at Texas Tech to pursue a degree in energy engineering. Now he’s working for Anadarko as a field office production engineer in Fort Collins, Colo. “I’m excited,” Garrett says. “In production, you’re exposed to the drilling and to the completion. You learn so much.”

    And for many recent energy program graduates, a skilled job in natural gas means staying closer to home. Lackawanna graduate Megan Oliver was recently hired as an operations technician working in the midstream on gathering pipelines and compressor stations – applying lessons learned about hard work growing up on her parents’ Pennsylvania dairy farm. “Natural gas is going to change a lot of lives, especially around here. It is providing a lot of jobs to local people. That is why I wanted to get involved – I could see I could be part of that impact.”

    Oliver’s position is indicative of another trend in the industry: according to IHS projections, the number of women employed as petroleum engineers, managers and professionals are expected to grow by almost 70,000 between 2010 and 2030.

    At a time when many recent graduates are struggling to find work, the natural gas jobs engine is powering the American Dream for a new generation of American men and women. That’s something to think about.

  • RT @exxonmobil: #DidYouKnow: Often, #energy supports energy, like #natgas backing up wind. http://t.co/Mm8DLv0Yk5

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus August 27, 2014

    RT @exxonmobil: #DidYouKnow: Often, #energy supports energy, like #natgas backing up wind. http://t.co/Mm8DLv0Yk5

  • RT @exxonmobil: #DidYouKnow: Often, #energy supports energy, like #natgas backing up wind. http://t.co/MTNdkIZVRs

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus August 27, 2014

    RT @exxonmobil: #DidYouKnow: Often, #energy supports energy, like #natgas backing up wind. http://t.co/MTNdkIZVRs

  • TVA Approves New Natural Gas Plant, Cites As ‘Best Way to Help Meet Our Cleaner Air Goals’

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog August 21, 2014

    TVA Approves New Natural Gas Plant, Cites As ‘Best Way to Help Meet Our Cleaner Air Goals’

    Thanks to a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) decision today, nearly 600,000 homes in the greater-Memphis area will soon be powered by a state-of-the-art and cleaner combined cycle natural gas plant.

    The new facility will replace the 55-year-old Allen coal plant, which after a significant environmental review by the TVA board decided that the natural gas option provided “the highest level of reliable, consistent generation potential at the lowest generation cost.”

    And it’s precisely because of this reliable, low cost that the U.S. Department of Energy is forecasting that natural gas will comprise nearly two-thirds of new power plant additions through 2040.

    In the TVA region alone, this will be the seventh combined-cycle gas plant that they have added to their power portfolio since 2007, which provides electricity for nine million people in parts of seven southeastern states.

    The new plant will reduce carbon emissions by more than 60 percent, nitrogen oxides by 90 percent and sulfur dioxide by nearly 100 percent while also minimizing impact to local water supplies through the recycling of gray water from the Memphis Waste Water Treatment Plant, TVA says.

    Additionally, exhaust from the natural gas combustion turbines will generate steam to drive a third steam turbine, making it one of the most efficient power generation plants around.

    And as TVA considers future utility-scale solar and wind additions to its portfolio, this new quick-firing natural gas plant will provide necessary support for these opportunities.

    Of the decision, TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said “This natural gas plant will improve air quality in Memphis and that is important to the city’s vitality and future economic development.”

    Want to learn more about how power providers across the country are saving money, reducing emissions and encouraging the greater use of utility-scale renewable energy? Click here.

  • Missouri School District Makes Move Toward Natural Gas

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog August 21, 2014

    Missouri School District Makes Move Toward Natural Gas

    As schools around the country open their doors to new classes, students in and around Kansas City will enjoy a cleaner, quieter ride than most.

    Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas, and surrounding areas are a hotbed for natural gas vehicles, and especially school buses.

    Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a suburban district southeast of Kansas City, operates one of the nation’s cleanest school bus fleets. With 106 of its 149 buses fueled by clean, efficient natural gas, Lee’s Summit is thought to be the largest in the country.

    Motivated by cost savings and a desire to choose a cleaner, more modern technology, Lee’s Summit shifted the bulk of its fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG) in just two years.

    “We were looking to reduce costs, and we wanted a technology that would last a long time,” said Linda Thompson, the district’s transportation director. “Investing in CNG buses was a smart long-term move. CNG made the most sense.”

    Thompson says the district expects to save $11 million over 10 years in fuel and maintenance costs.

    Thompson has seen unexpected benefits as well.

    As soon as the CNG buses came into use last fall, they were a hit with the Lee’s Summit community. Parents appreciated that the buses were cleaner. Students thought the buses looked cool. And bus drivers tried to get assigned to the CNG vehicles.

    “Drivers love them,” said Regina Hancock, the transportation department’s safety coordinator and a driver trainer. “It’s calmer because the students are quieter -- they don’t have to yell over the noise of a diesel engine. And it’s cooler, because the engines are in the rear rather than right below the driver.”

    Kansas City, Missouri, has used CNG vehicles since 1996 and now has hundreds of natural gas vehicles, including all the shuttle buses at Kansas City International Airport. The city is converting more of its heavy-duty vehicles to CNG, and Fleet Superintendent Sam Swearngin – considered the “godfather” of natural gas vehicles in the Kansas City area – says the fuel cost savings and lower emissions make the investment more than worthwhile.

    Just to the west, the school district of Kansas City, Kansas, has 47 CNG buses that it began purchasing in 2011. George Taylor, the district’s director of transportation at the time, led the conversion with strong support from the Board of Education and the Superintendent.

    The area’s youngest students also enjoy the benefits of these buses – albeit from a different angle.

    “My grandson is going on five and is starting Kindergarten,” said Lee’s Summit’s Thompson. “He’s so excited about riding on the ‘Caterpillar Bus.’ He calls it that because the side mirrors look like ears.”

    Whatever your reason for enjoying natural gas vehicles – lower emissions, abundant fuel, long-term savings or caterpillar ears – you’ll find plenty to like about the Kansas City area’s direction, one that more and more school and municipal fleets are taking. That’s something to think about.

  • RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: Hawaii and #US Territories aim to increase fuel diversity with #LNG imports http://t.co/5GG9rYxzN0 http://t.c…

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus August 19, 2014

    RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: Hawaii and #US Territories aim to increase fuel diversity with #LNG imports http://t.co/5GG9rYxzN0 http://t.c

  • Staying Cool with Natural Gas

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog August 19, 2014

    Staying Cool with Natural Gas

    This time of year, America gets serious about staying cool. Increasingly they are getting sweet relief from the heat using a cleaner and abundant form of electricity – natural gas.

    Nationally, 14 percent of the electricity used each year is devoted to cooling homes and commercial buildings. That number grows to more than 20 percent in the south.

    Air conditioning use in America is growing and natural gas is increasingly the fuel of choice for those seeking respite from the summer’s swelter. That’s a good thing, and it means our electricity will be cleaner, more affordable and diverse:

    • The Energy Information Administration estimates that natural gas plants will account for 63 percent of all new power plants through 2040.
    • Power sector greenhouse gas emissions reached a 20-year low in 2013.
    • Modern combined-cycle natural gas power plants use 35 percent less fuel per megawatt-hour of electricity produced.
    • Thanks in part to abundant natural gas supplies, the average U.S. household will gain an estimated $926 a year in disposable income.

    As an affordable solution to beating the heat, we’re thrilled to see natural gas use continue to grow. It’s just one of many reasons why natural gas has a growing role in our nation's power portfolio.

  • RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: Reasons for projected #natgas-fired generation growth vary by region http://t.co/PY9lgrSvid http://t.co/SQlh1…

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus August 15, 2014

    RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: Reasons for projected #natgas-fired generation growth vary by region http://t.co/PY9lgrSvid http://t.co/SQlh1

  • Levels of #natgas storage will exceed earlier projections from @EIAgov. #energy http://t.co/6yEO6QjijG

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  • From: @ANGAus August 14, 2014

    Levels of #natgas storage will exceed earlier projections from @EIAgov. #energy http://t.co/6yEO6QjijG

  • EIA Reports: Natural Gas Production, Storage Levels Expected to Grow Through 2014

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog August 14, 2014

    EIA Reports: Natural Gas Production, Storage Levels Expected to Grow Through 2014

    Natural gas production will exceed previous expectations and surpass the record-high levels reached in 2013 according to the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) released Wednesday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In addition, EIA expects the amount of natural gas in storage to also exceed its predictions.

    EIA is the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Short-Term Energy Outlook covers for the next 18 months.

    Reported by Reuters, here are some highlights:

    EIA projects that natural gas production in 2014 will rise to 73.9 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd). This is a more than 5 percent increase from 2013 levels.

    This increase will set a fourth straight annual record thanks to the amounts of natural gas being produced in Texas and in the Marcellus Shale.

    Natural gas storage will reach 3.4 trillion cubic feet (tcf) at the end of October of this year. This projection is up 3.43 tcf from EIA’s forecast in early July.

    EIA’s projections illustrate a number of promising elements. First, production of our abundant natural gas supply is exceeding expectations, allowing for natural gas to meet our growing clean energy demands. Second, our supplies of natural gas should meet the demands of customers this coming winter. Overall, EIA’s outlook reconfirms that our nation has an abundant supply of clean and affordable natural gas that will meet our energy demands well in to the future.

    You can read the Short-Term Energy Outlook here.

  • Pennsylvania Transit Authority Adds CNG Buses

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog August 5, 2014

    Pennsylvania Transit Authority Adds CNG Buses

    Pennsylvania sits atop of the nation’s largest producing shale play, the Marcellus Shale. It also is home to a growing number of fleets fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). Fleet operators across the state recognize the economic and environmental benefits of using locally produced natural gas. The latest example lies in the Monongahela River Valley outside of Pittsburgh.

    Pennsylvania sits atop of the nation’s largest producing shale play, the Marcellus Shale. It also is home to a growing number of fleets fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). Fleet operators across the state recognize the economic and environmental benefits of using locally produced natural gas. The latest example lies in the Monongahela River Valley outside of Pittsburgh.

    The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority serves communities in Washington, Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. By fall, five of the authority’s 30 buses will run on CNG.

    MMVTA plans to convert its entire fleet to CNG over the next 12 years. It’s easy to see why: on average, natural gas municipal fleets save 15 percent to 28 percent on fuel and maintenance costs, and natural gas vehicles (NGVs) also bring considerable environmental benefits: converting to natural gas reduces a vehicle’s greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 20 percent and cuts smog-producing pollutants by up to 90 percent.

    As this article from TribLive reports, MMVTA operations manager Bob Smith cited the nearby Marcellus Shale’s abundant reserves of natural gas:

    “’We're sitting on available Marcellus shale and available natural gas,’” Smith said. “’We have gas for the long run. And it's environmentally cleaner for these buses.’”

    ANGA welcomes MMVTA’s leadership, drivers and riders to the growing community of NGV supporters who recognize that natural gas vehicles are the best way to get from Point A to Point B cleanly and affordably.

  • Western Pennsylvania Transit Authority Adds CNG Buses

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog August 5, 2014

    Western Pennsylvania Transit Authority Adds CNG Buses

    Pennsylvania sits atop of the nation’s largest producing shale play, the Marcellus Shale. It also is home to a growing number of fleets fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). Fleet operators across the state recognize the economic and environmental benefits of using locally produced natural gas. The latest example lies in the Monongahela River Valley outside of Pittsburgh.

    The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority serves communities in Washington, Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. By fall, five of the authority’s 30 buses will run on CNG.

    MMVTA plans to convert its entire fleet to CNG over the next 12 years. It’s easy to see why: on average, natural gas municipal fleets save 15 percent to 28 percent on fuel and maintenance costs, and natural gas vehicles (NGVs) also bring considerable environmental benefits: converting to natural gas reduces a vehicle’s greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 20 percent and cuts smog-producing pollutants by up to 90 percent.

    As this article from TribLive reports, MMVTA operations manager Bob Smith cited the nearby Marcellus Shale’s abundant reserves of natural gas:

    “’We're sitting on available Marcellus shale and available natural gas,’” Smith said. “’We have gas for the long run. And it's environmentally cleaner for these buses.’”

    ANGA welcomes MMVTA’s leadership, drivers and riders to the growing community of NGV supporters who recognize that natural gas vehicles are the best way to get from Point A to Point B cleanly and affordably.

  • The Grand Canyon: Natural Gas for a Natural Landmark

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog August 4, 2014

    The Grand Canyon: Natural Gas for a Natural Landmark

    Each summer, vacationers flock to the Grand Canyon for its breathtaking, scenic views. And while most park-goers are focused on the canyon’s beauty, cleaner-burning natural gas is helping to keep the park – well, natural.

    America’s Natural Landmark

    In an effort to preserve the Grand Canyon’s scenic views and surrounding environment, the National Park Service began using compressed natural gas (CNG) to fuel buses and heavy equipment in 1998. Now, the Grand Canyon’s entire fleet of shuttle buses runs on compressed natural gas.

    Carl Bowman, an air quality specialist at Grand Canyon National Park, explained that the environmental benefits associated with natural gas made the fuel a natural fit for use within the national park. “Having an entire fleet of CNG powered buses is a very holistic approach to Grand Canyon’s transportation needs,” explained Bowman, “people get cleaner engines, better air quality, and a better visitor experience overall.”

    With almost 5 million visitors per year, park sustainability efforts are essential in order to preserve and protect the local environment, and preserve the visitor experience. So it makes perfect sense that the Grand Canyon would be fueled by an equally in-demand American resource, natural gas.

  • ANGA Comments on Colorado Ballot Measures Announcement

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  • From: ANGA Press Releases August 4, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Colorado Ballot Measures Announcement

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA Executive Vice President Frank Macchiarola, on a decision announced today by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to form a special commission to review Colorado rules for oil and natural gas development.

    “We are confident that an objective review of the natural gas industry’s work will lead to a commission recommendation that makes it possible for Coloradans to continue to enjoy the many economic and environmental benefits that safe and responsible natural gas development provides. We support the withdrawal of the Polis ballot measures, which would hurt Colorado jobs and weaken America’s energy security.”

  • Illinois Engine Maker Grows Thanks In Part To Natural Gas

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog July 23, 2014

    Illinois Engine Maker Grows Thanks In Part To Natural Gas

    America is increasingly turning to abundant, reliable natural gas as the best solution for its energy needs. We see the trend in power generation, in transportation fleets, in manufacturing – and it’s spreading to other uses, as shown by the rapid growth of an Illinois company called Power Solutions International (PSI).

    PSI is one of the world’s largest producers of alternative-fuel engines, specifically flex-fuel engines, which can run on both diesel fuel and natural gas. Its specialty is smaller engines for forklifts, aerial lifts, agricultural equipment, wood chippers and generators. Users of this equipment are finding that by switching to natural gas, they can reduce emissions, noise and fuel costs.

    Business is booming: PSI’s revenue rose at a 30 percent compounded rate from 2010 through 2013, and its earnings per share more than quadrupled. And natural gas is the strongest driver of demand for PSI’s products.

    “Some customers start talking about other fuels, but then they come around to natural gas” because of its many benefits, said Jeremy Lessaris, PSI’s Global Director of Marketing & Communications.

    The company is producing at a rate of 85,000 engines a year. All of that demand allows PSI to keep its manufacturing facility outside of Chicago humming. Minutes from O’Hare Airport in Wood Dale, Ill., the PSI plant is where final assembly of the vast majority of its engines occurs, providing skilled jobs for about 500 workers.

    PSI also supplies flex-fuel engines to other countries, including China – an example of U.S. innovation and know-how that the rest of the world needs. And PSI is expanding beyond its small-engine niche into on-highway engines and electricity generators that can be used by energy companies at drilling sites to take advantage of the natural gas at the source.

    This Illinois success story shows that the more we use made-in-America natural gas, the more jobs and we generate for American manufacturing workers. That’s something to think about.

  • Natural Gas Pipelines Could Alleviate New England’s Energy Woes

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog July 16, 2014

    Natural Gas Pipelines Could Alleviate New England’s Energy Woes

    As temperatures in New England dropped to historic lows last winter, many residents found their energy costs going up. It is a scenario that could happen in years to come without increased infrastructure to bring more natural gas to consumers in this area.

    We have an abundance of natural gas and it offers consumers a clean and affordable source of energy. And while we don’t lack of supply, we do need more pipelines.

    This week, I highlighted the prospects and challenges to natural gas demand at the summer meeting held by the Independent Oil and Gas Association (IOGA) of New York. In my presentation, I talked about the key economic and environmental benefits natural gas can provide the Northeast and more importantly, how a renewed pipeline system can bring natural gas to the places that need it most.

    This region is home to some of America’s largest and most affordable natural gas resources. Yet, the few hundred miles from the Northern border of Pennsylvania through New England is increasingly constrained by an outdated pipeline system that impedes access and delivery, which leads to price spikes when demand peaks. And demand just continues to grow.

    Natural gas now makes up more than 50 percent of New England’s energy mix, from less than 15 percent in 2000. According to industry studies, pipeline capacity would have to increase by about 50 percent to meet current needs.

    There are many reasons for this increase in demand. First of all, Northeasterners are rightly concerned about their impact on the planet. As members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which relies in part on natural gas to reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector, these states are committed to long-term clean energy solutions that include natural gas. They also have correctly decided that natural gas is a cleaner and more affordable way to heat their homes than heating oil.

    Seeing the challenges of building the infrastructure to get this gas where it needs to go, New England state leaders are proposing thoughtful approaches to meet demand by developing policies to make sure pipelines can get financed. We certainly support these efforts.

    By prioritizing a secure, modern pipeline infrastructure to improve access and better serve its residents and businesses region-wide, the Northeast can become more energy secure, promote a cleaner environment and protect against energy price fluctuations for generations to come.

    Paul Hartman serves as ANGA’s Northern Regional Director of State Affairs.

  • Making It Easy for Consumers to Choose Natural Gas for their Vehicles

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  • From: ANGA Blog July 14, 2014

    Making It Easy for Consumers to Choose Natural Gas for their Vehicles

    The cliché of comparing apples to apples really does make sense when consumers are assessing the relative costs of using natural gas to fuel vehicles instead of diesel or gasoline. Because of that, a recent debate about how to measure natural gas for transportation is brewing. Our view is that we should be comparing gallons to gallons.

    The Houston Chronicle recently documented this discussion in a story on the Fuel Fix Blog, reporting that 32 U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Commerce Department seeking the use of gallon equivalency to measure natural gas.

    When used as a transportation fuel, natural gas offers significant environmental and cost-saving benefits without diminishing the vehicle’s performance. Yet, while regular gasoline is sold to consumers in per-gallon units, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) are sold by standards that are not uniform, making it difficult for consumers to compare the price of natural gas with other available fuels. To help make it easier for consumers, a new proposal under consideration would establish a common ‘diesel gallon equivalent’ or DGE unit for selling CNG and LNG to consumers.

    First, some context. The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) is scheduled to vote this week on establishing a standard that would sell natural gas to consumers under a DGE unit of measurement. This proposal is in contrast to another proposal that suggests using a kilogram standard. NCWM is a group of state officials funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.

    Thanks to today’s significant price advantage, a DGE standard for selling natural gas would allow consumers and fleets to accurately and easily make cost comparisons across all fueling options when choosing natural gas as a transportation fuel.

    Making consumer choice easy can lead to greater adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel. According to the April 2014 “Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report” from the U.S. Department of Energy, consumer interest in alternative fuels generally increases when the cost savings comparisons are made on a "per gallon" basis.

    Thanks to the demonstrated benefits of natural gas, using more of it to power cars and trucks is the smart economic and environmental choice. Adopting the proposal to sell natural gas in DGE units would make it easier for consumers to compare the price of natural gas to other fuels, allowing them to easily see the savings for themselves.

  • Energy Companies Work Together To Preserve Iconic Gulf Habitat

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog July 7, 2014

    Energy Companies Work Together To Preserve Iconic Gulf Habitat

    For years, fishing boats have flocked from the Louisiana Gulf Coast towns of Cocodrie and Dularge to a legendary trout-fishing spot called The Pickets – an old drilling platform that attracts speckled trout that leave coastal marshes for the open Gulf as temperatures rise each spring.

    Not surprisingly, local community leaders were concerned when they learned that federal decommissioning regulations require the removal this year of the big rig, associated structures and pilings in Ship Shoal 26, as the area is officially known. They feared that the south-central coast would lose one of its iconic fishing destinations.

    But thanks to a $1.2 million artificial-reef project led by energy companies such as Apache that work the Gulf, The Pickets will be preserved for generations to come.

    After the old iron platform, wellheads and pilings are removed in July, they’ll be replaced by three artificial reefs made from about 15,000 tons of concrete. The plan is to array the reefs in a manner that protects and enhances scour holes – depressions in the sea floor created by the prevailing current flowing around and through the Pickets – and thus preserves the local habitat for trout and other fish. The project is funded by Apache, Fieldwood Energy, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and in-kind donations.

    As this public-private partnership demonstrates, America’s oil and gas companies are giving back to their communities and the environment even as they meet our energy needs and generate strong job growth. Obie O'Brien, vice president of Governmental Affairs for Apache Corporation, put it well: “Hundreds of our employees and former employees live, work and raise their families along the coast. We understand the need for a strong and diverse environment because we live it every day."

    ANGA companies have been involved in preservation activities across the country and we are proud of the efforts our companies have made to limit the footprint of our activities. Thanks to Apache and its partners, this part of the Gulf is a lot healthier for it.

    And that’s no fish tale.

  • Proud to be Made in America

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  • From: ANGA Blog July 3, 2014

    Proud to be Made in America

    As we enjoy hot dogs, potato chips and apple pie at family barbecues this July 4th, it’s a natural time to appreciate the many things that makes this country great.

    One of those things is the “Made in America” stamp. It stands for quality and is a sign of our nation’s cherished manufacturing base. For millions of families it also means good-paying jobs and thriving communities. And thanks to resources like natural gas, American manufacturing has a bright future.

    Natural gas is a key ingredient of many products, including chemicals, textiles, paper and primary metals. Thanks to abundant supply and affordable prices, manufacturers that use natural gas in their supply chains are able to increase profits by reducing their costs. And if these manufacturers are using natural gas to generate their heat and power, they are experiencing even greater savings.

    Not surprisingly, manufacturers are taking advantage of this opportunity by investing in new facilities – boosting economies in American communities such as Canton, Ohio (Timken); Kingsport, Tennessee (Eastman Chemical); Freeport, Texas (Dow Chemical); East Millinocket, Maine (Great Northern Paper) – the list goes on and on.

    As natural gas helps large American companies like U.S. Steel survive and thrive, it’s doing the same for much smaller manufacturers, too -- like West Virginia’s family-owned Blenko Glass, where natural gas is the only suitable fuel for the high-temperature furnaces it needs to make hand-blown glass.

    American natural gas provides such a strong advantage that foreign companies are moving production to our shores. For example, Mitsubishi and Siemens have built new plants that make natural gas turbines; Formosa Plastics is investing $2 billion to expand its chemical plants in Point Comfort, Texas; and Airbus is building a state-of-the-art aircraft assembly plant in Mobile, Alabama.

    All of that investment is creating lots of jobs. A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the National Association of Manufacturers forecasts an additional 1 million U.S. jobs in manufacturing by 2025 as a result of the natural gas revolution.

    So if you decide to celebrate your holiday weekend with “Made in America” products, know that natural gas helps make it possible.

    Happy Fourth of July from all of us at ANGA.

  • Southwestern Deploys Natural Gas Powered Rig in Arkansas

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  • From: ANGA Blog June 27, 2014

    Southwestern Deploys Natural Gas Powered Rig in Arkansas

    The United States has an abundant, domestic supply of natural gas to power America for generations to come. Increased utilization of this cleaner energy resource will dramatically accelerate U.S. efforts to reduce air pollution, as proven in the transportation and power generation sectors.

    But just how flexible is natural gas?

    Southwestern Energy, the first company to successfully produce natural gas from the resource-rich Fayetteville Shale, recently deployed its first of seven natural gas powered drilling rigs in the shale formation this spring. In addition to complying with strict air-emission regulations, many producers, like Southwestern, are voluntarily doing their part to employ technologies and programs to ensure air emissions are minimized at their operations.

    By using natural gas to fuel drilling rigs, the industry has taken a significant step toward reducing its environmental footprint and curbing air emissions. Southwestern, like many other natural gas producers, is committed to the safe and responsible development of abundant, domestic natural gas.

    Natural gas is good for our environment and our economy and the benefits are being felt in communities across the nation. The seven natural-gas powered rigs bought by Southwestern are being built in England, Arkansas, a small farming community east of Little Rock. The owner of England Oilfield Services, the manufacturer of the rigs, was born and raised in the area, and after traveling around the world working for the oil and gas industry, he decided to open his business in his hometown to help bring jobs to the area.

    Natural gas is an integral part to the Arkansas economy. In fact, according to a 2012 analysis by IHS Global Insight, the gas industry in Arkansas will support 53,919 total jobs in 2015, which is projected to increase to more than 79,000 by 2035. In addition to adding jobs to the state, the natural gas industry will also be responsible for $7.2 billion in value added economic output in 2015, which is projected to increase to $10.5 billion by 2035.

    We applaud Southwestern for leading by example through its sustainable efforts in the Fayetteville Shale and its commitment to the communities in which it operates. To learn more about Southwestern’s natural gas operations in the Fayetteville Shale, check out their website.

  • Fueling Colorado: Part Two

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  • From: ANGA Blog June 26, 2014

    Fueling Colorado: Part Two

    Previously, we brought you the story of how the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) converted its bus fleet to cleaner, more affordable natural gas. Today, we leave Roaring Fork Valley and head east on I-70, traveling through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery that Colorado has to offer. After passing the Mile-High City and turning north, we come to Weld County – and a group of communities where everything from school buses to snowplows now run on natural gas.

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    America’s natural gas production has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. In fact, the nation is on track to become a net natural gas exporter within the next five years.[1] Fortunate to be among the most energy-rich states, Colorado‘s natural gas production jumped 38 percent between 2007 and 2012.[2]

    That abundant local energy is now a major economic driver for the area while lowering fuel bills for the region’s vehicle fleets.

    “Why not use what you’re bringing up out of the ground?” asked Elizabeth Relford, transportation planner for Weld County Public Works.

    From cargo vans to half-ton pickups to snowplows, natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are found throughout the county – with more to come. Weld County converted its first four vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) in 2010. Two years later, the county opened its first CNG fueling station. Today, Weld County’s fire departments, local city governments and the county itself operate nearly 90 natural gas vehicles (NGVs).[3]

    “We’ll have nine new LNG trucks by the end of the year,” Relford added.

    Weld County’s school districts also have converted buses to run on natural gas. When facing budget cuts two years ago, Superintendent Dr. Jo Barbie met with Weld County and representatives of Noble Energy Inc., which operates in the county, to discuss the possibility of adding CNG buses and a refueling station. Noble stepped up by donating five buses that began operating in September 2013.

    “It’s been amazing for us,” Barbie said. “They are much more economical and they improve air quality.” Barbie estimates the district will save $100,000 a year overall thanks to the CNG buses once they convert the entire 15-vehicle fleet in the coming years

    Noble went a step further and donated two CNG buses to the Greeley School District, which serves about 20,000 students and operates a fleet of approximately 100 vehicles. Wayne Eads, chief operating officer of the Greeley School District, says they’ve been integrated into the fleet seamlessly. “What we’ve seen has been very positive,” Eads said. “When we saw temperatures fall below 30 degrees this winter, some of our diesel buses had trouble – but our NGVs did great.”

    In addition to the cost-savings, the environmental benefits of NGVs are also noteworthy and attractive. They typically run 25% cleaner and they reduce smog-producing pollutants by up to 90%. On average, natural gas municipal fleets save 15-28% on fuel and maintenance costs, which tend to be lower over time.

    Weld County boasts an abundant supply of natural gas and now uses more of it to fuel the county’s transportation demands. Along with generating real savings in transportation for Weld County, natural gas creates jobs and generates economic development for all of Colorado. With so many job creation, economic and environmental benefits, it’s easy to see why Weld and counties across Colorado are increasing their use of natural gas.

    Find out what natural gas is doing for other areas of transportation by visiting thinkaboutit.org.

    [1] Source: http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/source_natural_gas_all.cfm

    [2] Source: http://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=CO

    [3] Source: http://weldsmartenergy.org/SmartEnergyPlan.html