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Revamping natural gas policy will make America build again

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There are 2.7 million miles of paved roads in our country, and many Americans can attest to the substandard state of our streets, highways and bridges. This public infrastructure relies on local and federal funding for its upkeep. America’s infrastructure has earned persistent D averagessince 1998,according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.

There is an equal amount of natural gas pipelines — approximately 300,000 miles of transmission pipelines that move natural gas from the fields where it is produced to the more than two million miles of distribution pipelines that deliver natural gas for heating and cooling, water heating, cooking and drying clothes. Unlike our nation’s highways, these pipelines are largely owned and operated by private companies.

You may not notice this network of pipes tucked beneath our streets, and we are glad about that. There is nothing more important to natural gas utilities than the safety of the customers we serve and the communities in which we live and work. We are constantly enhancing the safety of our system by upgrading pipes that may no longer be fit for service and replacing them with ones made from more modern materials, spending $22 billion annually in the process…

 

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