The Natural Gas Caucus

Washington, D.C. – Boren, Murphy start Natural Gas Caucus in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) Congressmen from Oklahoma and Pennsylvania say they have started a Congressional Natural Gas Caucus to try and boost the profile of the energy source.

Dan Boren, D-Okla., and Tim Murphy, R-Pa., said Thursday they have started to recruit other members of Congress. They say their goal is to inform and educate their colleagues and others about the potential for natural gas to be used to meet the nation's future energy needs.

The districts represented by Murphy and Boren both are home to large supplies of natural gas. Boren says "a growing number of states" are focusing on newly discovered deposits of the fossil fuel.

Murphy says the economic impact of the natural gas industry in southwestern Pennsylvania makes use of the fuel a vital issue to his district.

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