Spectra Energy participates in the democratic process while adhering to all applicable laws in Canada and the United States. We focus on communication and education about the benefits of natural gas. We continue to solidify our position as Advisor of Choice, providing leadership in numerous business and industry forums to address the energy policy issues and regulations that may affect our industry, our company and our stakeholders. Spectra Energy also participates in various trade associations through membership, leadership positions and participation on committees.
At Spectra Energy, we advocate for natural gas and related infrastructure by lending our collective voice, resources, knowledge and influence to encourage understanding and appreciation for the important role natural gas will play in achieving North America’s energy, environmental and economic goals – and to spur positive policy and action toward that end.
Our natural gas advocacy priorities include: pipeline safety, the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas and the contribution of natural gas to North American energy security.
Safe operations, both within our company and across our sector, are fundamental to the public’s understanding of natural gas as a viable, valued resource. The safety of North America’s natural gas pipeline system represents a primary priority for our industry, and therefore, we invest much of our advocacy efforts around safety-related issues. We have advocated for reauthorization of what is commonly called the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act, which was signed into law in early January 2012, and for the Ontario One Call Act, which would make mandatory for all utility asset owners and excavators to use a single call system to locate all underground utility lines before digging.
We also are keenly focused on communicating the benefits that our industry brings to the economy and to the community through job creation, contributions to the tax base, and by connecting new supplies of an affordable and proven energy source to markets, including the growing power and manufacturing sectors. We advocate for a level playing field that does not disadvantage natural gas or unfairly advantage other fuels, streamlined regulatory reviews and equitable tax policies that encourage infrastructure investment and development.
We emphasize the environmental advantages of natural gas as the cleanest-burning conventional fuel, a key contributor to reducing the carbon intensity of North America’s economy, and as a reliable partner fuel for renewable energy. Natural Gas is an essential partner to the development of renewable energy sources providing clean and reliable power.