Natural Gas Infrastructure Essential to Affordable, Reliable U.S. Energy | Energy in Depth

Joel Acosta

The U.S. Shale Revolution has transformed the energy landscape domestically and among our trading partners. In the United States, the robust growth of affordable natural gas has translated into energy security, job growth, and environmental benefits. Thanks to abundant natural gas reservoirs, the United States has become a net gas exporter while drastically reducing its CO2 emissions since 2005. However, one key and often overlooked component in achieving this energy odyssey is the importance of natural gas infrastructure. Nowhere is infrastructure more prominent than in Texas.

Unsurprisingly, natural gas-rich Texas has played a leading role in the expansion of modern-day hydraulic fracturing. But despite the Permian Basin’s vast reserves, the region would not have been successful unlocking its full potential without adequate, safe infrastructure.

In fact, the Texas infrastructure model proves that natural gas is not only a source of reliable, affordable energy, it is also a critical player in job creation, regional economic development and geopolitical energy security.

Texas’ extensive natural gas pipeline system secures reliable and affordable energy

Texas has the largest pipeline system in the country. More than 479,789 miles of pipeline cover the state’s extensive natural gas distribution system, which accounts for one-sixth of all pipeline laid across the United States. In fact, Texas’ total pipeline system distance is equivalent to a trip to the moon and back (the average distance to the moon is 238,855 miles).

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