Why Pennsylvania Needs Expanded Energy Infrastructure


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Pennsylvania

Shale gas is doing great things for Pennsylvania, including creating jobs and leading to a resurgence in manufacturing here, but the US energy renaissance can do even more for our commonwealth.

The Cranberry Eagle reports on a recent conference that discussed the shale gas industry’s potential. Jeremy Zeman, Manager Commercial Development at Williams Companies discussed the challenges facing the industry right now:

He said 3,300 miles of shale gas pipeline exists in the state, which is a significant increase since 2010. But more is needed.

“A major amount of supply is coming out of this region…. Today, 25 to 30 percent of Marcellus shale wells have no pipeline connected to them,” Zeman said.

Furthermore, Mr. Zeman pointed out that all of Pennsylvania would benefit from additional infrastructure that moves shale gas from the well to the processing plant and then to the market. Not only will these infrastructure projects spur growth in the shale industry, they will also have direct benefits for workers:

Bob Wilds, director of pipeline operations at the International Union of Operating Engineers, said pipelines for shale gas have been a boon to the heavy equipment operators and mechanics who are members of the union.

It’s time for Pennsylvania to embrace new pipelines and other infrastructure to support development of our energy resources. Energy Citizens should make sure that this is a top priority in Harrisburg for 2017.

The Problems with the Ethanol Mandate


Categorized in: Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, New England, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, RFS, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

It has been ten years since Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates the use of biofuels such as ethanol. Rep. Billy Long of Missouri has an excellent op-ed examining the ways this legislation failed to live up to expectations:

Despite their pure intentions, 2007 policymakers’ economic predictions have proven inaccurate and the overall program has fallen short. Concerns over gasoline usage decline have taken priority over those of inflated fuel demands, and innovations of new cellulosic biofuels has come more sluggishly than hoped. The Environmental Protection Agency has continuously adjusted the mandated fuel additive volumes downward in light of lower demands. 

So while dependence on foreign oil sources declined as hoped, RFS cannot claim credit. Also, experts like those from the National Academy of Sciences, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Congressional Budget Office cannot conclude that renewable fuels have delivered on lessened greenhouse gases. 

As Rep. Long points out, the RFS has not worked as predicted. In fact, its ethanol mandate could cause significant problems for consumers.

It is good to see growing bipartisan support in Congress to address these issues. One bill, HR 5180, would cap the amount of ethanol that must be blended into our fuel. This legislation is a good start to begin fixing this flawed mandate. Have you asked your member of Congress to support it?

Local Battle Loom in 2017


Categorized in: Colorado, Domestic Oil, Infrastructure, Jobs, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, New England, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Happy New Year! We’re excited about the opportunities in 2017 for Energy Citizens to support job creation, strengthen our nation’s security, and keep energy affordable.

All eyes are now on Washington, but the fact is that we must prepare for challenges across the states. As part of a larger effort to shut down American oil and natural gas, anti-energy activist plan to battle critical pipeline projects and pro-energy policies at the local level.

“The opposition is going to be much more local, much more focused.” — Anti-Energy Leader Jane Kleeb

But communicating to government alone will not win the day. We also need to reach out to members of our communities… to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and our social networks. It’s important that we talk about why energy is important to us and why we need policies and leadership that support American energy development.

As a first step in highlighting the importance of energy to our local communities, it would be great if you would share your story. How is American energy helping your family, community, and state? Share why you’re standing up for American energy.

As we move forward, we’ll be asking you to share your views—and your story—with others so that pro-energy voices can be part of policy discussions.

Pennsylvania Needs the Mariner East II


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Natural Gas, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is at the center of the energy renaissance. Our commonwealth has become a leader in the American production of natural gas. Now it’s time for us to invest in the infrastructure to keep this renaissance going. That means supporting new pipelines across Pennsylvania.

Mike Butler, executive director of Consumer Energy Alliance Mid-Atlantic, wrote a very compelling letter to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about how a proposed pipeline project will benefit our state:

By permitting the Mariner East II project, Pennsylvania will see an influx of private investment, tax dollars and much-needed job creation. It represents a $3 billion investment in Pennsylvania’s economy, creating more than 30,000 jobs during construction and up to 400 permanently upon operation.

Access to affordable, reliable natural gas means lower energy costs for families, more opportunity for businesses and valuable raw materials for farmers, construction, cars and other products made locally. Because of this, homeowners, retirees, businesses and those living on fixed incomes will enjoy lower utility prices.

Anti-energy activists have made stopping the Mariner East II project one of their highest goals. If they succeed, it will bolster their efforts to shut down oil and gas production here. Energy Citizens need to make every effort to support this important pipeline. It’s a vital project for our commonwealth’s energy future.

Pipelines Boosting Pennsylvania Manufacturing


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Pennsylvania

It should be clear that new pipeline projects are vital to the future of Pennsylvania’s energy economy. Expanding the commonwealth’s capacity to move natural gas is essential to ensuring a bright future for shale gas production here. These pipelines also have other benefits, as Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing explains in a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review op-ed:

All 350 miles of the proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline project’s new 20-inch-plus pipe will be bought from and rolled by American steel plants — all of which are represented by the United Steelworkers. That’s 75,000 tons of steel — and a lot of man hours.

In fact, I would call the massive American-made investments in both the Mariner East 1 and 2 projects one of the strongest behind-the-scenes accomplishments of the Pennsylvania Steel Alliance. According to Econsult Solutions, these projects will support 30,000 jobs along their routes during construction.

Energy Citizens should make sure that elected officials and regulators know how strongly we support the Mariner East 2 pipeline and other similar projects. These projects are important for Pennsylvania, and will do a lot of good for our commonwealth. We can’t let a vocal band of anti-energy activists stop construction of this vital pipeline.

600 New Jobs in Beaver County?


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Jobs, Pennsylvania

Want to see 600 new jobs in Beaver County? Then join other energy supporters next week at a public hearing to support a critical new energy infrastructure project, the Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is looking for public input on the project. That’s why it’s critical that Energy Citizens attend the upcoming hearing and voice our support for a project that will boost Pennsylvania’s economy and support job growth.

  • What: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Public Hearing
  • When: Tuesday, December 15th, 3 PM
  • Where: Central Valley High School, 160 Baker Road Extension, Monaca, PA 15061

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This new complex will draw on Marcellus Shale gas to produce building block chemicals used to manufacture thousands of products that American consumers rely on. Anti-energy activists will be out in force at this hearing, spreading misinformation that this plant will harm water supplies.

But the fact is, the facility and its operations will not damage water resources or the environment and will adhere to the strictest state and federal regulations.

We need you at this meeting to help us push back against misinformation being promoted by energy opponents and support Pennsylvania’s progress. Register online to let us know if you can attend. Thank you!

Want 600 New Jobs for Beaver County?


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Jobs, Pennsylvania

Want to see 600 new jobs in Beaver County? Then join other energy supporters next week at a public hearing to support a critical new energy infrastructure project, the Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex.

The Board of Supervisors of the Second Class Township of Potter is looking for public input on the project. That’s why it’s critical that Energy Citizens attend the upcoming hearing and voice our support for a project that will boost Pennsylvania’s economy and support job growth.

  • What: Board of Supervisors of the Second Class Township of Potter
  • When: Tuesday, December 13th, 3 PM
  • Where: Potter Township Municipal Building, 206 Mowry Road, Monaca, PA 15061

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This new complex will draw on Marcellus Shale gas to produce building block chemicals used to manufacture thousands of products that American consumers rely on. Anti-energy activists will be out in force at this hearing, spreading misinformation that this plant will harm water supplies.

But the fact is, the facility and its operations will not damage water resources or the environment and will adhere to the strictest state and federal regulations.

We need you at this meeting to help us push back against misinformation being promoted by energy opponents and support Pennsylvania’s progress. Register online to let us know if you can attend. Thank you!

Remember to Be Grateful for Natural Gas


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Natural Gas, Pennsylvania

“As we gather with loved ones on Thanksgiving, let’s remember to be grateful for our vast natural gas resources sitting right below our feet. Pennsylvania is a stand-out when it comes to shale shells. Most of our state is made up of the Marcellus shale shell. Other states would give anything to be in our position. Yet, we are stifled by small-minded ideologues that will stop at nothing to impede our progress.

In the course of five years, Pennsylvania has experienced a decline in the amount of drilling for natural gas. First, Governor Wolf proposed a severance tax on wells, which made the industry jittery. Now we are experiencing a glut of natural gas, causing the market to slide. Without pipelines, this will continue. The Mariner East II pipeline and Atlantic Sunrise expansion projects have been stalled by anti-fracking, anti-pipeline extremists who stage protests and show up in large numbers at public hearings. They just don’t get it. We’ve happened upon a clean, efficient, environmentally friendly, safe power source, but they will not be appeased. The misleading and downright untruthful propaganda is their bible. Let’s rally around these wonderful and vital projects, get the wells uncapped, and get this economy roaring again. That’s what I will pray for this Thanksgiving.”

Anne F.
Blue Bell, PA

Future Looks Bright This Thanksgiving


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Natural Gas, Pennsylvania

“We should make Thanksgiving perpetual all year. Certainly, not the laborious sumptuous feast, but showing our gratitude for the wonderful things we have. This year is extra special. Pennsylvanians formed a strong united front and sent the old guard packing – an old tired guard that despises fossil fuel development and stifles our energy wants and needs. We were instrumental in voting in a pro-energy, pro-growth President determined to get natural gas development humming again. We chose the right path and will hopefully thank ourselves for years to come.

Face it. Carbon County is hurting for good jobs. Great industries are gone forever and the state never fully recovered. The only comparable replacement is natural gas development in neighboring counties, but even that industry is in jeopardy. So much natural gas has been produced in recent years that supply and demand is lopsided. Active wells have been capped off and new wells are out of the question. One huge reason is that we need new pipelines, such as the Atlantic Sunrise Expansion, but as you know, the anti-fracking crowd has impeded the approval process for years – so much so that this and other pipelines projects just cannot get off the ground. Once we have new pipelines in place, demand for natural gas will increase. Wells will be re-opened and all the newly planned wells will start being built. How sweet to see the free market work so brilliantly. The Atlantic Sunrise will run through nearby Schuylkill and Luzerne counties. Can you imagine the thousands of jobs it takes to install one of these? Finally, maybe our depressed county will thrive again with workers earning civilized wages that can sustain the American dream.

The future looks bright. We are a hopeful nation once again. That’s a lot to be grateful for on Thanksgiving. It’s been a long time coming.”

Ann G.
Weatherly, PA

Thankful for Energy Infrastructure


Categorized in: Infrastructure, Pennsylvania

“There is so much to be thankful for this holiday season – for my family and for all Pennsylvanians. As we go around the table before our meal, my family will verbalize the reasons they are grateful. What a wonderful opportunity to realize all of our blessings. For one, my husband and I are gainfully employed in a county still trying to crawl its way out of the recession. Delaware County is doing better the past couple of years, but we sure could use more quality jobs around here.

It’s ironic that local and national politicians promise job creation on a perpetual basis, but we do not need governments to create jobs. In fact, I wish they would get out of the way! Billions of our hard-earned tax dollars are spent every year on projects that yield meager results. The solution is so simple: energy infrastructure. Delaware County has the great fortune to be in the path of the Mariner East 2 pipeline. This project would run from Washington County, through the southern counties, ending in Delaware County. So many workers are needed for this project – from truck drivers and laborers all the way up the line to degreed engineers and computer experts. But the battle is still ongoing to get this project approved. The opposition is strong, fueled by endless funding and a wrong-thinking, high-minded ideology.

I truly believe Pennsylvania’s overwhelming vote for our president-elect is a vote for energy. We united like never before. The result provides a glimmer of hope for our economy. Our new president-elect seems to have the tenacity to turn that glimmer of hope into a high-intensity light, and we will roar full speed ahead into energy paradise. I’ve always known that Thanksgiving often precedes miracles. Well, Pennsylvanians just got theirs a bit early. Let’s all be very grateful for that.”

Tanya G.
Broomall, PA