Following approval of both boards of directors, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) have announced the two organizations will combine into a single trade association, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The combined association will continue ANGA’s mission under API.
“There is a natural synergy between our organizations,” says API CEO Jack Gerard. “As a single organization, the combined skills and capabilities bring an enhanced advocacy strength to natural gas market development – ANGA’s primary mission – and the combined association’s expanded membership will provide additional lift to API’s ongoing efforts on important public policy issues.”
Under the agreement, ANGA’s mission to promote natural gas as a clean, affordable solution to the U.S.’ energy and environmental needs will be handled by a new market development group at API, a team led by current ANGA President Marty Durbin. ANGA members who are not already members of API will become full members.
“Marty will be essential to our continued, and now combined, efforts to advance natural gas market development, and I am pleased to welcome him back to API in this new role,” says Gerard. “And we welcome ANGA members to full participation in API’s industry-wide activities.”
API and ANGA say they have long collaborated to highlight environmental, job creation, energy security and consumer benefits from supplies of natural gas.
“ANGA was founded in 2009 at the beginning of the shale energy revolution, and its members were visionary regarding the benefits natural gas would bring to our energy supply and our economy. Combining these two associations continues that vision by recognizing how best to organize for maximum effect,” says Marty Durbin, who will hold the title of executive director of market development under the combined association.