Natural gas continues to change the global energy landscape, and has helped America lead the world in reducing emissions while providing reliable and affordable power.

Closer to home, natural gas has also made a positive impact in many regions and states across the country. From jobs to local investment in infrastructure to more affordable power for homes and businesses, there is nowhere in the United States where the positive effects of natural gas have not been felt.

But there is more we can do to unlock the potential of natural gas. Addressing the infrastructure shortfalls and government roadblocks surrounding natural gas development and distribution is imperative for states and regions to continue this momentum.

Continue reading to discover how natural gas works in different regions and states.


Colorado has a well-established stakeholder process that has helped make our state the seventh largest producer of oil and natural gas in the country.

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Oil and natural gas support nearly every aspect of everyday life in the Sunshine State. From affordable modern conveniences like air conditioning and cell phones, to providing energy for Florida citrus farms, businesses, and schools, natural gas powers life in Florida. In fact, approximately 97% of the state’s population lives in counties that rely on natural gas, and Florida, as a state, consumes over 1,245 trillion Btu of natural gas annually.

However, even with this dependence on natural gas, the state produces less than 1% of the gas it uses. Nearly all of the natural gas that powers Florida comes into the state through two major interstate pipelines that deliver gas from other Gulf Coast states. These pipelines are critical for keeping energy costs low in the state.

When energy is more affordable and more available, more goods are produced, more jobs are created, more tax revenue is generated, and community programs and services are better funded.

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Maryland is a land of innovation and possibilities. Its people are always striving for better communities, better businesses and better lives.

Affordable and reliable energy can support all these ambitions, and there is perhaps no greater opportunity for progress than increasing the production and use of natural gas in Maryland.

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New England

Natural gas has delivered on the promise of clean, reliable and affordable energy from coast to coast. But in New England, the benefits of natural gas have been restrained. That’s because there isn’t enough basic infrastructure like pipelines and storage capacity to keep up with demand. And failure to fix these regional challenges can raise costs for families and businesses.

New England knows this all too well. The region’s residents paid up to 69 percent more for their electricity than the national average during the winter of 2014-2015, while its industrial sector paid up to 90 percent more.

The natural gas industry is ready to make the private investments needed to ensure consumers have the energy they need at a price they can afford, but we need regional government cooperation and decisions that support building and maintaining the infrastructure that will unlock the benefits of natural gas for more of the regions businesses and residents.

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New York

The use of natural gas by electricity-generating plants has produced some of the lowest atmospheric CO2 levels our country has seen in 25 years. And with the state of New York being the fourth-largest consumer of natural gas in 2014, it’s a good thing the state sits upon the Marcellus shale play, which is thought to hold more than 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Unfortunately for New Yorkers, the state has a ban on hydraulic fracturing used to produce gas from shale. Because of this, the state is forced to get their natural gas from Canada and other states, and thus pay some of the nation’s highest prices in electricity.

Support for more infrastructure and governmental cooperation will not only lower electricity prices, but also continue to lower energy-related carbon emissions in the state. Now with the cleanest air the state has ever had in the last 50 years due to increased natural gas use, there is no question New York will only benefit from energy infrastructure.

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Natural gas matters to the Buckeye State. Ohio relies heavily on manufacturing and trade, and natural gas already provides lower prices for manufacturers’ electricity costs, and cost savings to Ohio residents while providing important jobs and investment in the state. In fact, the natural gas industry provides more than 255,000 secure, well-paying jobs in Ohio and contributes more than $28.4 billion in added value to the Ohio economy.

But there is more natural gas can to do help Buckeye businesses and residents.

With more support for infrastructure and as a way to provide the clean and affordable power the state needs, Ohio can do more than reap the benefits of natural gas.

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Providing 85 percent of U.S. shale gas production growth since 2012, the state of Pennsylvania has become a natural gas production powerhouse. The state’s ability to safely and responsibly frack using modern technology and horizontal drilling has allowed Pennsylvania to become second in marketed natural gas production.

And while Pennsylvania is admired for its success in fracking of the prolific Marcellus and Utica shale plays, it is vastly important for the state to continue support for natural gas and energy infrastructure. Currently, Pennsylvania faces a major lack of needed pipeline infrastructure to connect gas production to other markets in the nation.

This needed pipeline infrastructure won’t just help transport gas production across the U.S., but will also effect impact fee collection and help the state power the nation for generations in the future. The recognition of this needed infrastructure and its implementation will enable the state to continue to be a leader in reliable energy sources.

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