Williamson is a member of the American Gas Foundation
board of trustees, serves on the ASME/IPTI (International Petroleum Technology Institute) board and helped organize four international ASME conferences related to pipeline technology.
A report published last month by the American Gas Foundation
entitled Natural Gas Pipeline Safety and Reliability: An Assessment of Progress says Americas natural gas pipeline network is safer and more reliable today than at any other point in history.
Most recently, the American Gas Foundation
released a report entitled Gas Distribution Infrastructure: Pipeline Replacement and Upgrades, which clearly indicated that plastic pipe is the preferred material of the gas distribution pipeline industry.
While noting that LDCs expend considerable effort and capital maintaining and replacing the infrastructure serving existing gas customers, the American Gas Foundation
report calls attention to the challenges that remain as considerable quantities of pipe in service are constructed of material types and vintage that will eventually require replacement.
Based on a common expectation that requirements to cut greenhouse gas emissions will increase natural gas demand if implemented, the American Gas Foundation
released a study recently advocating a shift toward the use of direct natural gas-powered appliances in businesses and homes, coupled with a drawback from the use of natural gas-powered electricity.
Public resistance in the US to new LNG receiving and regasification terminals has become so intense and widespread that industry executives are increasingly uncertain about how to overcome it, several speakers told the American Gas Foundation
's Executive Roundtable in Dallas.
Skains also serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Gas Foundation
and the Board of Directors of the Gas Technology Institute.
The recent report by the American Gas Foundation
and IHS CERA--"Fueling the Future with Natural Gas: Bringing it Home" found tremendous opportunity to grow natural gas demand across all sectors of the economy, and that local distribution companies can be a big part of clearing the way for that growth and providing the leadership and delivery infrastructure necessary to make it possible.
In an effort to head off a draconian integrity management rule for distribution lines, the American Gas Foundation
published in January, Safety Performance and Integrity of the Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure.
Editor's Note: The IHS study, Fueling the Future with Natural Gas: Bringing It Home, was supported by the American Gas Foundation
. IHS Inc.
The American Gas Foundation
and IHS CERA recently released a study entitled Fueling the Future with Natural Gas: Bringing it Home which found that for Class 8 vehicles such as 18 wheelers, the fuel savings from switching to natural gas is significant enough that the extra upfront cost of approximately $40,000 is recuperated in less than two years.
PHMSA will be using a study done by the American Gas Foundation
(AGF) as one of the underpinnings for its deliberations.