Dave McCurdy The Importance of Accurate Data

As the late Senator Patrick Moynihan said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” The benefits of natural gas for our nation are numerous, but without accurate and well understood data regarding methane emissions, we are making decisions about our nation’s energy future in the dark.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its annual GHG inventory public review draft, estimating that only 1.2 percent of produced natural gas is emitted to the atmosphere from wellhead to burner tip, and showing that leaks have been overestimated by more than 50 percent. Natural gas utilities invest billions of dollars each year on infrastructure to help ensure safe and reliable service. These continued investments will help decrease the level of emissions further.

Safe and reliable service is the natural gas utility industry’s business, and AGA is engaged with EPA, the Environmental Defense Fund and others to make sure we have the data we need to continue to safely and reliably serve the more than 177 million Americans who depend on this fuel for their energy needs. Researcher opinion and “snapshot measurements” are not enough. We must secure a common set of facts that allows for smart energy policy and sound decisions about our nation’s energy future.

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