Advances in drilling and resource extraction technologies have made natural gas one of the fastest growing energy resources in the United States. The abundance of natural gas offers an opportunity for the United States to strengthen its energy independence and security, while providing nearly all sectors of the economy an affordable energy source and feedstock. Substantial investments in natural gas infrastructure — including pipelines and storage and export facilities — are needed to fully capitalize on the benefits that this affordable, abundant domestic energy source has to offer. System statistics include:
- The U.S. natural gas pipeline network includes more than 210 unique pipeline systems and 400 underground storage facilities.
- Approximately 300,000 miles of pipelines, 1,400 interconnection points and 24 market hubs carried more than 32 trillion cubic feet of natural gas from production sites to demand centers in 2016.