Virginia Natural Gas (VNG) has cut methane emissions by more than 27% over the past decade through an ongoing pipeline modernization program, the Southern Company Gas-owned local distribution company (LDC) reported last week.

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“While our current system is safe and has performed well, as technology has advanced, it’s critical to continually upgrade our pipeline system,” said VNG’s Robert Duvall, president. “It is more important than ever to make progress in safety and environmental goals simultaneously, keeping our employees’ and customers’ interests top of mind while also contributing to nationwide and global environmental goals.”

Under its “aggressive” Steps to Advance Virginia’s Energy Program (SAVE), VNG has achieved the methane emissions cut by replacing...