Gas utilities in the United States have been tasked with safely providing for 25 percent of the country’s energy needs for residential, industrial and commercial customers. The nation’s abundance of natural gas presents a growth opportunity for the industry. The Department of Energy predicts that a staggering 900 of the next 1,000 power plants built will be fueled by natural gas. But as reliance on this resource increases, so are questions related to it. At the forefront of this discussion is safety.