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ANGA Member Companies Powering Their Operations with Natural Gas

ANGA member companies are committed to finding ways to power their own operations with the same fuel that they produce. And this week, ANGA member company Seneca Resources embraced that challenge announcing it will convert two of its Pennsylvania drilling rigs to run on natural gas.

Seneca joins ANGA member companies Anadarko, Apache, Cabot, Chesapeake, Cimarex, EnCana,  EQT, Newfield and Noble in moving toward using natural gas to power their rigs. The move can keep costs down and protect our environment.

According to Ensign Energy Services, a company that is providing liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered drilling rigs to Seneca Resources and many other companies, the benefits of using natural gas to power their operations are tremendous. Some of the environmental benefits are particularly noteworthy:

  • Using a dedicated natural gas engine to power a drilling rig has the potential to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 64 tons per year; and
  • A dedicated natural gas powered drilling rig can reduce particulate matter by 1.7 tons per year.

Keeping costs down is critical for any business to remain competitive in an ever-changing economy.  But when coupling the total fuel cost-savings with the environmental benefits natural gas offers, using more of this abundant, domestic resource is a smart and responsible business decision. And over time, this is a trend we are likely to see more of.

We applaud Seneca and all our member companies for leading by example and becoming pioneers in powering their operations in the Marcellus and across the nation with a cleaner, more affordable, domestic fuel alternative.

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