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UA tradespeople working for contractors engaged in gas distribution are responsible for delivering gas to power generation facilities that supply the electricity to keep homes, factories, schools, hospitals and other entities operating efficiently and reliably. With some of the largest natural gas reserves in the world, the United States and Canada are rapidly becoming key players in the global energy marketplace. As our two nations contemplate the best use of these massive reserves, the need for gas distribution pipelines will inevitably grow.
Some of this gas will be used to generate electricity, but some of it may well end up in processing facilities designed to export the gas to other nations. This has the potential to transform the United States into a net energy exporter, and this could well be a tipping point in the global economy. The American dependence on Middle Eastern and Venezuelan oil would be eliminated, through development of reserves like the Bakken shale deposit in North Dakota, the Barnett deposit in Texas, the Marcellus deposit in the eastern United States and the Antrim deposit in Michigan. Coupled with oil coming from Canada, the U.S. would find itself independent at last from reliance on energy from unfriendly or unstable sources.
Technological innovations will no doubt accompany the development of these resources, and the UA and its contractors are well positioned to adapt to these advancements, through established, jointly administered training programs.