American Gas - August 2012 - (Page 1)

contents AmericanGas VOLUME 94 | NUMBER 7 12 www. .org august/september2012 columns 2 President’s Message Pipelines and People—Just as important as the infrastructure that delivers our fuel is the infrastructure that keeps our companies moving: our workforces. 12 In the Know Getting Smarter About “Smart Meters”—AMI isn’t the same for gas as it is for electric. Atmos Energy’s David Anglin explains how understanding the difference may be crucial to achieving AMI’s benefits. 15 Safety First Safety by Committee—AGA’s Andrew Lu checks in with three utility safety chiefs to see how their employee safety committees have helped them enhance their focus on safety. 24 cover story: LABOR MARKET 19 Tech Talk Beyond “Angry Birds”—Dennis Crumb, president of Washington Web Architects, explores the growing crop of B2E (or business-to-employee) apps and explains why great apps for employees lead to better service for customers. 24 Taming the Talent Pipeline BY HAIG NALBANTIAN, PHILIP TENENBAUM, AND JAY DOHERTY With the natural gas industry poised for continued global growth, talent may be more important than ever before. Here’s how labor market science can help. With a case study from Saudi Aramco, a strategic workplace plan, and a look at some of the key jobs the industry will need to fill. departments 5 Industry News New studies question EPA estimates on gas emissions and earthquake risk. New CNG stations planned for Georgia. Big jump in jobs fueled by unconventional gas development. ICA sees bright future for industry. feature: CAMPAIGN 2012 32 Decision Time Following on the heels of this summer’s conventions, the U.S. presidential election is just months away. That means it’s time to zero in on what the candidates are saying—and doing—about natural gas. Here’s a position paper from the Romney campaign and a chronicle of actions taken and opinions espoused by the Obama administration these past four years. 32 COVER PHOTO: AP Photo/Orlin Wagner ROMNEY: CHRISTOPHER HALLORAN OBAMA: SPIRIT OF AMERICA SHUTTERSTOCK.COM 36 37 38 38 38 39 40 Places to Be Vendor News Noteworthies Advertisers’ Index Jobline Marketplace Facts on Gas http://www.SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Gas - August 2012

American Gas - August 2012
President’s Message
Industry News
In the Know
Safety First
Tech Talk
Taming the Talent Pipeline
Decision Time
Places to Be
Vendor News
Advertisers’ Index
Facts on Gas

American Gas - August 2012