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EAST : Renewable Energy

Grade 5

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Natural gas is colourless and lighter than air. It’s mainly made up of molecules of methane and is found in reservoirs deep under the ground, often alongside oil or coal. 


 Uses of Natural Gas
Out of the many uses of natural gas, the ten most common are:

  • To Generate Electricity
  • Heating
  • Transportation
  • Production
  • Cooking
  • Water Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fire
  • Commercial
  • Economic Development

Pros and Cons of Natural Gas


  • Widely available
  • Cleanest-burning fossil fuel
  • Used in combination with other fuels to decrease pollution in electricity
  • Made safer by adding artificial odor so leak is easily detectable
  • Easy to transport


  • Transportation costs are high
  • Lack of infrastructure makes gas resources unavailable in some areas
  • Burns cleanly, but still has emissions
  • Pipelines impact ecosystems
  • Flammable