What is natural gas?
Natural gas is a fossil fuel produced from decomposing plants and animals, pressed for millions of years under tons of rock and soil. Natural gas is composed of 95% methane, 4% ethane and 1% nitrogen, propane, butane and other gases. This raw gas is sent to a processing facility to become predominantly methane.
How is natural gas transported?
Natural gas is transported through a network of gas pipelines that extends right to your home or building. These pipelines are underground so you don’t have to worry about them protruding from your lawn, making it look like you live on a construction site.
How safe is natural gas?
Natural gas is one of the world’s safest sources of energy. One of the great properties of natural gas is that because it is lighter than air, it dissipates very quickly.
Natural gas also burns cleaner than fuel oil. Emissions produced by natural gas combustion are far less harmful than those produced by oil, coal and wood. No fuel tanks are required for delivery, reducing the risk of leaks polluting land and groundwater.
Despite the safe properties of natural gas, like all combustion fuels or materials it is flammable and can produce carbon monoxide when trapped in a confined space and there is an inadequate supply of oxygen.