Friday AM April 10th, 2009

A statewide association of independent oil and gas producers is promoting the use of natural gas as one way to solve environmental challenges. Ed Mayberry reports.

The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers has formed the Foundation for Energy Education to educate the general public and policy makers about oil and gas through media campaigns and in the classroom.  "The Natural Gas Advantage" initiative will try to communicate advantages of natural gas for energy and environmental challenges.  Foundation President Pat French says there's a tremendous amount of misunderstanding about the energy industry.

"Even here in Texas, misunderstanding about the industry's environmental record, about the major technological advances.  Basically, as a voice of the industry, the foundation is hoping to build a new partnership with the public, which we believe can result in better community relations and more supportive energy policies.  A series of print ads, as well as radio spots, to try and put a different face on the industry."

French says natural gas output has surged, with newly discovered fields and new technologies unlocking gas trapped in tight rock formations.

"Here in Texas, we produce 25 per cent of all U.S. output, natural gas output.  Texas has gas reserves that account for almost 30 per cent of total U.S. gas reserves.  And not surprisingly, due to our large population — the nation's largest natural gas consumer.  Texas accounts for about one-fifth of all U.S. consumption, so the stakes are enormous."

The foundation wants to see natural gas promoted aggressively for power generation and transportation. 

Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

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Ed Mayberry

Local Anchor, All Things Considered

Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...