Why is natural gas important?

At EDF, our mission is to protect the natural systems on which all life depends. In some parts of the U.S., irresponsible natural gas operations threaten those systems. Today, around 45,000 shale gas wells operate in the U.S. – triple the number in 2005. Some have damaged water and air quality, imposing unacceptable impacts on public health and the environment.

No one should have to trade their health or quality of life for cheap energy, and that's why EDF is fighting for tough rules and strict oversight. Some have asked us, why work on natural gas at all? Here's how we see the issue.

Natural gas: Why is it such an important part of our energy mix?

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  • Major source of electricity: "Electric Power Monthly" data for 2011. Released November 21, 2012. U.S. Energy Information Administration.
  • Other uses of natural gas: "Natural Gas Consumption by End Use" data for 2011. Released November 30, 2012 . U.S. Energy Information Administration
  • Drop in coal and emissions avoided since 2006 based on EDF analysis in Sep 2012.
  • Methane leakage and venting rate calculated by EDF's methane leakage modeling tool.