Chesapeake CEO Aubrey K. McClendon and Anadarko CEO James T. Hackett are two among several energy executives who help direct two relatively new industry organizations promoting the development of natural gas. ANGA Chesapeake Energy Corp., Anadarko Petroleum Corp., and 23 other US natural gas producers formed the American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) in March. ANGA members produce about 9 Tcf of natural gas/year, representing 40% of the natural gas supply in the US. According to CommunityTies (Summer 2009), a quarterly publication from Chesapeake, the company has pledged US $8 million/year toward the organization’s $100 million goal of promoting the numerous benefits of natural gas. Anadarko CEO Hackett was named as chairman of ANGA on March 15. ACSF This new initiative follows McClendon's successful leadership in promoting natural gas through the American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF), a Washington, DC-based think tank that promotes greater use of natural gas. ACSF was launched in 2007 "to advance America's energy independence, and a cleaner, low-carbon environment through expanded use of natural gas and renewables."

Chesapeake was recognized as the industry’s Best Corporate Citizen in 2008 by Hart's Oil and Gas Investor magazine for its initiative in starting the ACSF. McClendon serves on the board of directors for ACSF, along with Thomas S. Price, Chesapeake's senior vice-president for corporate development.
How is ANGA differentiated from ACSF? ANGA characterizes itself as an "education organization," dedicated to "increasing appreciation for the environmental, economic, and national security benefits of clean, abundant, affordable, and dependable North American natural gas."
Jobs ANGA materials say that natural gas is produced in 32 US states, and creates 2.8 million jobs. Natural gas is also a key economic contributor in Canada. ANGA quotes a study, “The Contributions of the Natural Gas Industry to the Canadian National and Provincial Economies,” that estimates Canada's natural gas industry provided nearly 600,000 jobs in 2008. There's a lot at stake on both sides of the border.