Natural gas benefits happening now
There’s so much more to the story about construction (“Trump’s rural voters fighting to keep their land from a growing web of pipelines,” May 22) of important infrastructure projects like Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline, which currently is under construction. Every Pennsylvanian is benefiting.
This project represents one of the biggest economic opportunities our state has seen in generations — a $3 billion investment that will create more than 30,000 jobs and generate $4.3 billion in economic activity. For Pennsylvania, the project will generate about $1 million in annual pipeline-related tax revenue.
Locally, Mariner East 2 is providing needed ethane for Competitive Power Ventures Inc.’s Fairview Energy Center in neighboring Cambria County. This state-of-the-art energy center will meet the energy needs of more than 1 million Pennsylvania homes, including those in central Pennsylvania. At peak construction, the project could employ as many as 500 workers. Once operational, up to 25 full-time residents will work there.
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You cannot diminish the fact that natural gas is playing a big role in our economic resurgence. The benefits aren’t off in some distant future. They are happening today.
Brittany Tressler, Philadelphia
The writer is a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance.