It is necessary to correct a point in the Nov. 25 letter “Human Control,” which says that the American Gas Association estimates that 1.5 percent of produced natural gas is emitted from the point of production through delivery. That is true, but we are not the only ones saying that. That number is used by government, industry and environmental advocates because it is based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions released in April.
That same EPA study says that only 0.3 percent of produced natural gas is emitted from systems operated by local natural gas utilities. A concerted effort by these utilities to upgrade and modernize our nation’s pipeline network to enhance safety is lowering emissions even further.
The American Gas Association represents more than 200 local energy companies throughout the nation committed to the safe and reliable delivery of clean natural gas to more than 177 million Americans. Safety is our top priority and, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the more than 2 million miles of pipelines that we operate make up the safest energy delivery system in the nation. Even with this historically excellent performance, natural gas utilities remain vigilant and committed to continually upgrading this crucial infrastructure.
We will continue to work with state regulators, legislators and other key stakeholders to advance important safety policies that both enhance system integrity and reliability and support increased access to natural gas service for homes and businesses.
President and CEO
American Gas Association