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Lori Traweek AGA Marks National Safe Digging Month with Natural Gas Video for Children

Safety is the top priority for the American Gas Association (AGA) and our more than 200 member companies across the country. It is the very reason AGA co-founded the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), an organization dedicated to educating professionals and homeowners about the importance of following safe digging procedures, in 2000.

811logowithshovel 227x300 AGA Marks National Safe Digging Month with Natural Gas Video for ChildrenThis April marks the seventh annual National Safe Digging Month, an initiative put in place by the CGA to remind the public to “Call Before You Dig” to determine where your underground utility lines are located before beginning any digging project. To get started, dial 811 to be connected to your local One Call Center which will gather information about the project and alert your local utility company. Crews will then locate the utility lines near your planned project and make sure they are properly marked so you can be sure to avoid them. The process is fast, simple and free.

People digging often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked due to concerns about project delays, costs and previous calls about other projects. These assumptions can be life-threatening.

Every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs. If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs.

According to the CGA, excavation damages for all underground facilities have decreased by approximately 50 percent since 2004, thanks in large part to the engaging and innovative outreach of “Call 811” campaigns by local natural gas utilities.

Promoting safe digging awareness is just one of the many ways America’s natural gas utilities continuously work to keep communities safe and to help ensure our distribution and transmission system continues to be the safest and most reliable method of delivering energy in the nation.

In conjunction with this month’s focus on safety, AGA released a YouTube video today to help educate youth about the importance of natural gas safety in the home. The animated video, aimed at elementary and middle school aged children, explains which appliances use natural gas, how to identify a natural gas leak and what to do if a leak occurs. These key safety messages are not only critical to family and caregivers, but the next generation of utility customers. Feel free to share the video on your company’s social media platforms.

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Click the play button above to watch the video on YouTube.

We’d also like to encourage you to share your company’s plans for National Safe Digging Month in the comments section below or by e-mailing ldundon@aga.org. AGA will feature member companies on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as future blog posts throughout April.

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Chris McGill Natural Gas Market Indicators: March 14, 2014

While it may not feel like it, the winter heating season is technically approaching its close.

Even with short-term local daily cash price peaks, natural gas futures have remained remarkably stable, generally in the $4.25 to $4.75 per MMBtu range going as far out as 2017. This reflects confidence in the ability of domestic production to meet weather-induced and growing institutional demand for natural gas in the industrial, power generation and weather sensitive small volume customer sectors.

These observations continue to support the takeaway from the Natural Gas Market Indicators publication two weeks ago which stated that the nation’s natural gas supply portfolio has handled persistent cold and major weather events very well this winter heating season.

Visit this link to download the full Natural Gas Market Indicators report. Topics covered in this week’s report include: Reported Prices, Weather, Working Gas in Underground Storage, Natural Gas Production, Shale Gas, Rig Counts, Pipeline Imports and Exports, and LNG Markets.

Please direct questions and comments to Chris McGill at cmcgill@aga.org or Richard Meyer at rmeyer@aga.org.

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Chris McGill Natural Gas Market Indicators: February 28, 2014

Natural gas March futures closed at $6.09 per MMBtu on February 19 and went even higher afterwards before falling once again. This could seem like a dramatic rise and psychological threshold for natural gas prices, but there are some important facts to keep in mind for context. First, it has been a very cold winter with persistent low temperatures. Records for highest month, week and day for total natural gas consumption were in January.

This January also saw the highest winter-month electricity load, ever. For its part, natural gas volumes to power generation for a January were the highest ever recorded, also. February natural gas demand is 8.6 percent above last year while storage volumes are 35 percent below the five-year average. With that said, winter price movements have been muted compared to history when similar piled-on events have occurred. What then is our takeaway? That the nation’s natural gas supply portfolio, so far, has handled persistent cold and major weather events very well.

Visit this link to download the full Natural Gas Market Indicators report. Topics covered in this week’s report include: Reported Prices, Weather, Working Gas in Underground Storage, Natural Gas Production, Shale Gas, Rig Counts, Pipeline Imports and Exports, and LNG Markets.

Please direct questions and comments to Chris McGill at cmcgill@aga.org or Richard Meyer at rmeyer@aga.org.

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Christina Nyquist Watch: Natural Gas Utilities In Your Community

By safely and reliably delivering energy to fuel the daily needs of customers throughout the U.S., local natural gas utilities are essential members of the communities they serve. But many companies go beyond the daily business of providing natural gas – whether by supporting local charities and community projects, fostering sustainability and helping improve their local environment, or through countless other contributions that enhance the quality of life where they live and work. Two AGA member companies have created videos that demonstrate the vital role they play in their customers’ lives and the ways they contribute to their communities.

CPS Energy, based in San Antonio, Texas, runs an annual fundraising campaign to support the United Way. Employee contributions to the CPS Energy United Way Campaign fund several local charities including the Girl Scouts of Texas, Respite Care of San Antonio and City Year. During 2013, CPS Energy employees and retirees raised over $982,000 for the United Way Campaign through donations, agency events and sponsorships. Employees also logged 11,000 community service hours in 2013.

National Grid, which serves New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Massachussetts has a robust Corporate Responsibility strategy to help ensure that the company meets its communities’ needs today and into the future. Their video “Making connections: creating shared value,” highlights some of the local initiatives National Grid supports including City Year, Girls Inc., environmental and Earth Day projects and more.

Check out the Boston College Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Annual Film Festival to vote for your favorite video. Today is the last day to vote though, so act fast!

 

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