March 31, 2022
INGAA President and CEO Amy Andryszak reacts to an EIA analysis published on March 30 that outlines the consequences of halting new, currently unplanned natural gas pipeline construction from 2024 through 2050:
“The EIA report “No Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Builds” makes a compelling case to avoid that very scenario, and highlights many of the dangers INGAA and our industry have warned against were there to be a significant decrease in natural gas infrastructure development.
“Natural gas is foundational in our energy mix, and INGAA and our industry have warned that a halt in natural gas infrastructure development will result in higher energy prices and a reduction in climate progress, all things outlined in the EIA analysis. One thing not covered in the EIA report is the impact on reliability in the “no new pipes” scenario, something we think would be significantly and negatively impacted if no new interstate natural gas pipelines were built through 2050.
“President Biden and his administration have recognized the strategic importance of natural gas and have committed to increase LNG exports to our European allies and trading partners. To fulfill this commitment, the U.S. must have a clear and consistent infrastructure permitting framework for new natural gas infrastructure projects. Further, as the U.S. moves towards greater adoption of renewable forms of electricity, there is an increased need for additional natural gas and related infrastructure to be able to provide flexible, on-demand power generation and energy storage, to ensure electric reliability.”
INGAA represents the U.S. natural gas pipeline industry. INGAA’s members deliver clean, abundant, affordable natural gas throughout North America and operate approximately 200,000 miles of pipelines that serve as an indispensable link between natural gas producers and consumers.