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Environment

As a distributor of natural gas, we work with the cleanest fossil fuel in existence. And thanks to advances in technology, America’s supply of natural gas will likely meet our energy needs for the next 100 years. Delivering this vital energy resource safely, reliably and with minimal environmental impact is our top priority.

Modernizing Infrastructure to Reduce our Carbon Footprint

Replacing pipelines also reduces leaks and methane emissions. We track and report greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule, which requires reporting of greenhouse gas data and other relevant information from large sources and suppliers in the United States. In addition, all of our operating divisions report to various state agencies that have environmental jurisdiction over our activities. We are a founding partner of the EPA’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program, a voluntary partnership that encourages oil and natural gas companies to improve efficiency and reduce methane emissions.

Since 2012, we’ve replaced over 3,500 miles of pipe. In that time, we’ve decreased total emissions due to the use and loss of natural gas by 13.7 percent. Over the next five years, we plan to replace between 5,000 and 6,000 miles of distribution and transmission pipes. Included in this total is the replacement of all remaining cast iron main by 2021. This system modernization is a key step towards achieving our goal of reducing methane emissions 50-percent from 2017 levels by 2035. 

Learn more about Atmos Energy's efforts to monitor, control and reduce methane emissions in the 2018 Methane Emissions Report.