“Natural Gas: Part of the Solution” Essay Contest

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“Natural Gas: Part of the Solution” Essay Contest

SoCal Gas Presents…..

“Natural Gas: Part of the Solution”

Essay Contest

You can rely on  natural gas to be there for you when you need it.   Over 25% of consumers in the United States use it as the primary fuel for heating their homes, water, cooking and doing laundry.  But we can use it in other ways too.

Natural gas has unique properties or characteristics. First, it is a gas (not a liquid or a solid). Second, it is lighter than air (a balloon filled with natural gas would float away). Next, it is naturally colorless (you can’t see it), odorless (you can’t smell it, but a scent is added for safety) and it is combustible (it burns). With the right mixture of oxygen, natural gas burns with a  bright blue flame providing energy.  When compared to other fuels that are used to produce energy, such as coal or oil, natural gas burns the hottest, the brightest and the cleanest! So it’s the ideal source of energy to use in our homes.  Natural gas is also a highly affordable energy source, thanks to its natural abundance and efficient delivery methods.

In 1,000 words or less, can  you share  other ways that natural gas is being used and how using it can benefit the environment?

There are FIVE prize categories


Kindergarten: Can  you draw a picture with 2-3 sentences about the concept?


      Elementary School (grades 1-2)               Middle School (grades 6-8)

    Elementary School (grades 3-5)               High School (grades 9-12)

First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category.  All awards are gift cards.

First place winners will receive $100, second place $50 and third place will receive $30.  Kindergarten winners will receive a $10 award for all places. 



  • Essays should be no more than 1,000 words in length. Each essay must contain the author’s name, grade, school and contact phone number to be considered.
  • Deadline for submission is April 20 at 5:00 PM.
  • Winners will be notified by phone and invited to attend an Award Ceremony presentation

on May 9th, at the Mojave Desert AQMD in Victorville.

  • Submissions may be mailed or delivered to:


14306 Park Ave

Victorville, CA 92392

You may also fax your submissions to (760) 241-6271 or email to smurray@mdaqmd.ca.gov

  • All submissions become the property of MEEC and SoCal Gas

For further information, please call Samantha Murray, at: (760) 245-1661 ext. 6717


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