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LETTER Our communities need pipelines

The Observer-Reporter, December 5, 2017

Following the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s recent conference, it was encouraging to see the Observer-Reporter’s coverage on the tremendous economic opportunities that our state’s shale gas provides, and the critical next steps that need to be taken to ensure that Pennsylvanians can fully realize these benefits.

Report confirms benefits of clean-burning natural gas | PennLive letters

Harrisburg Patriot News, November 29, 2017

A University of Pennsylvania Kleinman Center for Energy Policy report confirmed what the natural gas industry has known for years: Clean-burning natural gas has been a godsend for Pennsylvania energy consumers. The report found that natural gas over the past decade has allowed Pennsylvanians to enjoy significant cost reductions versus the national average. This is a stark change from more than a decade ago, when the state was notorious for having higher energy prices than the rest of the country.

Guest Column: It’s time for Pa. to ‘energize’ its infrastructure

The Delaware County Daily Times, November 29, 2017

Many years ago there was a saying in the Gulf Coast oil patch that went, “let the Yankees freeze to death in the dark.” That saying had everything to do with Gulf coastal states producing oil and gas and shipping it to the northern tier of states and with interstate pipeline laws in effect, at a cheaper price than was available to our utility companies in the producing states. The pipelines were built to get the much-needed product to those areas that were in need but without the resource. But that has changed.

Heading downstream: MSC president updates natural gas industry activity

The Observer-Reporter, November 28, 2017

The president of Marcellus Shale Coalition said Tuesday the natural gas industry is moving to a new phase that seeks to develop new markets for the abundant natural gas now being extracted from the region. David Spigelmyer recalled an ad campaign several years ago by Range Resources that had a tagline of “Drilling is just the beginning.”

5 Secret Caverns Sit Hundreds Of Feet Below Industrial Complex

CBS Philadelphia, November 20, 2017

There’s a secret place just south of Philadelphia. Many years ago it was the site of a dinner party some 300 feet underground, but that’s not where the story ends. At the entrance to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex sits a bronze statue of a sun oil seaman looking out to sea. “Marcus Hook was an important part of the war effort during World War II,” said Jonathan Hunt, senior director of Marcus Hook Industrial Complex.

Marcellus Natural Gas Lowers Bills for all Americans

Forbes, November 12, 2017

I’ve already shown here how more natural gas usage thanks to the Marcellus shale play centered in Pennsylvania (where 80% of the play’s production takes place) has slashed the state’s  CO2 emissions by 30%, but in this post I want to bring in some other key benefits provided, namely lower cost energy. The Marcellus is the foundation of lowered energy and electricity prices for families and businesses across the entire country. The Marcellus is the heart of why our gas natural gas prices aren’t expected to come anywhere close to the high prices that we saw pre-shale days, as I document here.

Guest Editorial: Stick to the rules in pipeline construction

The Carlisle Sentinel, November 4, 2017

While it is important that communities in Cumberland County and across central Pennsylvania understand the risks, it is also important that they recognize the heightened safety of today’s pipelines because of modern construction practices. Recent construction activities have led to increased focus on the nature of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and inadvertent returns, which has also caused unnecessary start-and-stop construction activity. It is important that the public understand the risks created by this start-and-stop approach.

Letter to the editor | Mariner East 2 a boon for this region

The Tribune Democrat, November 2, 2017

For more than three years, as the state reviewed permit applications for Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline, which runs through Cambria County, hundreds of people, including members of the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, testified at hearings convened across the state to show support for the project.

Pipelines are safe – and a moral imperative – for Pa. | Opinion

Harrisburg Patriot News, November 2, 2017

Pipelines and the fossil fuels they transport are often viewed as controversial in the media. Environmental justice advocates often say they’re at odds with the environment or bad for mankind, contending that the modern shale boom is something to be feared rather than celebrated.

A new domestic market opens for Marcellus ethane, via Marcus Hook

The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 9, 2017

Sunoco Logistics Partners LP has begun shipping ethane by truck from its Marcus Hook Industrial Complex to domestic markets, establishing a new outlet for ethane from the Marcellus Shale, and reinforcing claims that its Mariner East pipeline is not just about exports.

State Reps Descend Upon Marcus Hook to Laud Benefits of Marcellus Shale

Pivot Today, September 25, 2017

Leading members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives visited Delaware County this week to see first-hand the benefits of the Marcellus Shale at the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex.

VIEWPOINT: Here’s what you need to know about this important part of pipeline construction

Harrisburg Patriot News, September 24, 2017

The recent settlement allowing construction activities for the Mariner East 2 pipeline to continue has put in place a strict new oversight program that will increase transparency of drilling activities during construction.

LETTER: Benefits here & now

The Tribune-Review, September 13, 2017

Natural gas is playing a big role in our economic resurgence. It’s hard to miss all the activity locally. From continued development of the “cracker” plant in Beaver County to new construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania, our region is on the move.

VIEWPOINT: Pipelines are key to safely transporting energy

Washington Observer-Reporter, August 31, 2017

There is no denying that the energy industry has an incredible economic impact on Washington County. Washington County boasts the highest revenue generated through impact fees in the state and the Marcellus Shale is currently producing the largest gas output, more than double the closest shale region, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Chamber of Commerce Touts Delco’s State-Leading Workforce Growth

Pivot Today, August 11, 2017

No other county in Pennsylvania is creating more job growth than Delaware County, and the local Chamber of Commerce is thanking the resurgent energy business for much of that action.

Pipeline drilling to resume with more oversight

Altoona Mirror, August 10, 2017

Construction, including drilling, will resume along the route of Sunoco Pipeline LP’s Mariner East 2 following a settlement approved Wednesday by a state Environmental Hearing Board judge.

Mariner East settlement allows drilling to resume

Reading Eagle, August 10, 2017

Drilling may resume on Mariner East 2, provided Sunoco takes additional steps to mitigate environmental and public health risks during construction.

LETTER: Pipeline project deserves support

Carlisle Sentinel, August 7, 2017

Pipelines are the safest way to transport energy resources. They are safer than by train through our communities and safer than by truck on our roadways. Pipeline opponents would have you believe that constructing new infrastructure capacity is harmful. But opposing pipelines actually means advocating for the use of more dangerous and inefficient methods of transport.

LETTER: Pipelines safe and efficient

Reading Eagle, August 5, 2017

Pipelines are the safest way to transport energy resources.

Sunoco gets OK to resume drilling at 16 Mariner East pipeline locations

Reading Eagle, August 5, 2017

Less than two weeks after the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board ordered Sunoco to halt drilling operations at 55 locations along the Mariner East 2 pipeline route, the board modified that decision and allowed drilling to resume at 16 sites.

Pipeline drilling to resume in Delco, Chesco

The Delaware County Daily Times, August 4, 2017

A ruling issued Thursday by the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board has lifted the temporary halt on horizontal directional drilling in connection with the Sunoco Pipeline Mariner East 2 project. The decision came in response to an emergency order filed by the company requesting for work to resume at 17 of its 55 locations within the state.

VIEWPOINT: Delco leading charge in Pa. job improvement

The Delaware County Daily Times, July 28, 2017

Despite claims to the contrary by those with political agendas, projects such as the Mariner East pipeline project will directly benefit Marcus Hook by transporting energy products such as propane, butane, and ethane from the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations in western Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook for processing, storage, and transport to market. Mariner East will create over 30,000 direct and indirect jobs using union local labor through the construction phase and over 300 permanent jobs throughout Pennsylvania once completed.

VIEWPOINT: What to know about the recent Mariner East incidents and horizontal drilling

The Delaware County Daily Times, July 21, 2017

Following reports of an inadvertent release of bentonite clay during the drilling of the Mariner East pipeline, residents, lawmakers, and government regulators could use some perspective on the issue. Release of non-toxic bentonite is nothing alarming, or even unusual, in infrastructure construction – in this case pipelines. One reason bentonite is used is because it is safe and non-toxic so that when there are discharges, there is no long-term impact to the environment.

Speaking out in favor of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 18, 2017

How refreshing to read the July 13 letter by Bernadette Puzzuole (“Pipelines Are Essential for Economic Gain From Natural Gas”). She is president of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, and she outlined in a logical, unemotional and businesslike way why the Mariner East 2 Pipeline deserves our support.

Judge rules in favor of Sunoco in Huntingdon County pipeline dispute

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 30, 2017

Protesters who have been camped out in treetops and on the ground along the route of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipelines in Huntingdon County were told by a court that they have 48 hours to get down and out of the way.

Huntingdon County family loses court battle over Mariner 2 pipeline

WJAC-TV, June 29, 2017

A family’s fight against the construction of the Mariner East Pipeline in Huntingdon County took a big hit Wednesday.

Proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline through Pennsylvania debated

Harrisburg Patriot News, June 15, 2017

Supporters and opponents came out in force to offer testimony on the construction of the 183-mile natural gas pipeline through Pennsylvania.

Pipelines are essential for economic gain from natural gas

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 13, 2017

Pennsylvania is in great shape to benefit from the thriving energy economy thanks to natural gas. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is inadequately prepared to do this without increased pipeline infrastructure development. It is not enough to have the energy resources if we cannot transport those resources to where they are needed in a manner that is efficient and safe for local communities.

Workers, businesses that would benefit from gas pipeline swarm Lancaster hearing

Lancaster Newspapers, June 13, 2017

This time, the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline’s blue-collar workers, trade organizations and business supporters turned up the heat.

PEIA shows safe development of Pennsylvania pipelines through celebratory video

World Pipelines, June 9, 2017

The two year anniversary video focuses on safe development as some key pipeline projects, including Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 project, have moved from the planning phase to construction, and as others, such as Atlantic Sunrise, could begin construction later this year.

Video: PEIA celebrates 2 years

Energy Global, June 9, 2017

The skills training video is an extension of the online series that PEIA launched at its inception to inform residents about the role modern energy infrastructure systems play in growing the economy and protecting the environment and to highlight the direct and indirect beneficiaries of pipeline investments by letting individuals and groups tell their stories uninterrupted.

RELEASE: PEIA Marks Two-Year Anniversary with Video Showcasing Safe Development of Pipelines in Pennsylvania

PR Newswire, June 8, 2017

The Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance (PEIA) today marked its two-year anniversary by premiering a new video that showcases the required skillsets and intense training of workers who ensure the safe, responsible development of pipelines and related energy infrastructure projects that are helping to fuel the commonwealth’s economic revitalization.

LETTER: Natural gas benefits happening now

Centre Daily Times, May 30, 2017

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.

VIEWPOINT: Cambria environment ripe for partnership

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, May 27, 2017

While the rich Marcellus and Utica shale plays have ushered in a new era of economic opportunity, we have leaders in the private and public sectors to thank for making this opportunity a reality for our region.

VIEWPOINT: Here’s why Pa. should be wary of professional pipeline protesters

Harrisburg Patriot News, May 24, 2017

Now, with law restored and the legality of the Dakota Access Pipeline project upheld, many of the same professional agitators who fomented chaos in North Dakota are turning their efforts to the Mariner East II Pipeline in Pennsylvania.

Court rules in favor of Sunoco, Mariner East II, clearing way for use of eminent domain

Lancaster Newspapers, May 19, 2017

Opponents of the Mariner East II pipeline, which would be built through 6.5 miles of northern Lancaster County, have been dealt another defeat.

Sunoco pipeline project gets moving in Berks County

Reading Eagle, May 16, 2017

Construction on Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 project started in Berks County early last month when hundreds of workers from across the country descended upon the Morgantown area and began tree-clearing operations.

Sides cite economic benefits, ecological risk of pipeline (PEIA)

Altoona Mirror, May 7, 2017

A controversial Sunoco Logistics pipeline, which is planned to span the length of the state, including locally, will provide thousands of Pennsylvania jobs and billions of dollars, economic experts estimate. 

VIDEO: Sunoco hires half its pipeline workers locally

WHTM-TV 27 (ABC), May 2, 2017

Sunoco Logistics promised to create hundreds of jobs for Pennsylvanians with its construction of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline. The pipeline will carry natural gas from western Pennsylvania to refineries in Philadelphia, requiring 8,000 workers during the construction phase. However, at construction sites in Cumberland County, ABC27 saw a lot of out-of-state license plates, questioning Sunoco’s promise to hire hundreds of Midstate workers.

Mariner East 2 pipeline still a source of controversy (Ryan Helms)

Reading Eagle, March 30, 2017

Industry, union, state government see great promise in natural gas; landowners fear explosions, environmental impacts.

West Goshen supervisors vote to continue safety evaluations for Mariner East 2 pipeline (Bill Adams)

Delaware County Daily Times, March 9, 2017

It was a simple agenda item on Wednesday night’s Board of Supervisors meeting, but still, it didn’t discourage about five dozen residents from packing the township meeting room and listening intently as they have done often.

Delco township gives go-ahead to Mariner East 2 but demands safeguards

StateImpact PA (NPR), September 27, 2016

Delaware County’s Middletown Township decided on Monday to allow Sunoco Logistics to build its controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline through four parcels of public land but called for rigorous protections against leaks or explosions of natural gas liquids in light of grave public concerns about the pipeline’s safety.

Mariner East 2 pipeline nears final steps for approval

West Chester Daily Local, September 26, 2016

On Monday night, Middletown Township Council will vote on an ordinance to grant Sunoco Logistics easements on seven parcels of public lands, which include Sleighton Park, Linvilla Orchards, open space in Hillcrest and Old Mill Point communities, as well the much debated proposed pipe location near Glenwood Elementary School.

Chamber to hear energy infrastructure update

Washington Observer-Reporter, September 20, 2016

Washington County Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast briefing from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Sept. 30 at Golf Club of Washington, with featured speaker Mike Butler of Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance.

Concern grows over Sunoco pipeline plan

Delaware County Daily Times, September 13, 2016

Of the approximately 350 miles planned in the Mariner East Project pipeline that spans in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the 11.4 miles that run through Delaware County might be the most crucial.

Public weighs in on controversial gas liquids pipeline

StateImpact PA (NPR), August 22, 2016

State environmental regulators held another public hearing Tuesday night to get public feedback on the proposed Mariner 2 natural gas liquids pipeline that would span 17 counties and cross 350 miles of southern Pennsylvania.

DEP holds Mariner East II pipeline hearing in Harrisburg

Harrisburg Patriot-News, August 16, 2016

Landowners and environmentalists opposed to the Mariner East II pipeline are asking the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for more time.

CEA launches campaign to support pipeline construction

Washington Observer-Reporter, August 11, 2016

Consumer Energy Alliance, a national consumer advocacy organization that represents consumers, manufacturers, agriculture, energy, renewables and other industries, launched a push for pipelines in the Keystone State and elsewhere in the United States.

West Chester Community Split Over Proposed Sunoco Pipeline

Philadelphia Magazine, August 11, 2016

Community hearings for Sunoco Logistics’ major Mariner East II Pipeline (also known as the Pennsylvania Pipeline Project) kicked off at the beginning of the month, and on Wednesday evening, about 250 people packed into the Sykes Student Union at West Chester University to speak for or against the project.

Residents voice concerns over Sunoco pipeline

West Chester Daily Local, August 11, 2016

Approximately 200 people attended a public hearing at West Chester University Wednesday night pertaining to the Sunoco Pipeline currently slated to come through the region, and with them a mixture of support and concern.

Mariner East 2 partisans clash at DEP public meeting in West Chester

StateImpact PA (NPR), August 11, 2016

Friends and foes of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 plan to build two natural gas liquids pipelines across southern Pennsylvania lined up to support or attack the plan in equal measures at a public meeting called by the Department of Environmental Protection in West Chester on Wednesday evening.

Pipeline supporters, critics speak at hearing

Altoona Mirror, August 9, 2016

Comments in favor and against the proposed Mariner East II pipeline project were offered Monday night at the Blair County Convention Center where the state Department of Environmental Protection hosted the first of five public hearings.

Pipeline public hearing held

Huntingdon Daily News, August 9, 2016

Commentary ranged from impassioned to pragmatic at the first of three public hearings held last night at the Blair County Convention Center relating to permit applications submitted by Sunoco Logistics, Inc. for the planned Mariner East 2 pipeline.  

VIDEO: DEP holds pipeline public hearing

WTAJ-TV, August 8, 2016

Altoona, Blair County, Pa. – The Mariner East 2 Pipeline project run by Sunoco Logistics will cover 300 miles in Pennsylvania and cut through properties in Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon counties. Folks got to air concerns about the project and it’s water obstruction and encroachment permit applications on Monday night. Melody Fleck of State College spoke at the DEP hearing, speaking against Sunoco Logistic’s pipeline. She believes it’s dangerous. 

Testimony begins for pipeline project

Johnstown Tribute-Democrat, August 8, 2016

Members of the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance (PEIA) testified Monday before the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to endorse the Mariner East 2 pipeline project and promote the need for the safe, responsible development of critical infrastructure.

Citizens can speak at pipeline hearings

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, August 5, 2016

A series of five public hearings will be held this month regarding a natural gas pipeline project that would affect Cambria County.

Focus Pennsylvania: Impeccable Infrastructure (pp. 39-41)

DEW Journal, July 2016

The most sensitive areas of the state forest are avoided by the Bureau for shale gas activities.

Moving gas to markets continues to challenge natural gas industry

Williamsport Sun-Gazette, June 14, 2016

Building the pipelines needed to transfer natural gas to markets has been the rallying cry of the gas industry for quite some time. But exactly what does that involve and what will it all mean?

Glatfelter completing $63 million natural gas conversion

York Dispatch, June 10, 2016

Glatfelter is working to complete its $63 million renovations to convert from coal to natural gas boilers at its Spring Grove facility by the end of the year.

How are York County industries benefiting from natural gas? Booming Pennsylvania industry helped area company, others, participants said in a morning forum

Central Penn Business Journal, David O’Connor, June 9, 2016

Director of energy management for York-based Glatfelter, the international paper firm, he had to decide how to upgrade operations at Glatfelter’s mill in Spring Grove to meet current and anticipated environmental regulations.

PEIA Marks One-Year Anniversary

PR Newswire, June 8, 2016

What began as a shared initiative among two chambers of commerce and two local labor organizations now has grown into a multi-faceted, broad-based coalition that supports private investments in pipelines and other energy infrastructure as a way to fuel Pennsylvania’s industrial and economic renaissance.

Study: Pipelines Can Help Fuel Manufacturing Revival

NorthCentralPA.com, Andrea Campbell, May 20, 2016

The Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance (PEIA) today issued the following statements in response to a new study by IHS Economics and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Center for Manufacturing Research that reveals how domestic natural gas strengthens manufacturing and encourages U.S. manufacturing growth and employment.

Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Joins Energy Infrastructure Alliance

NorthCentralPA.com, Andrea Campbell, May 17, 2016

The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, which has served north central Pennsylvania for more than 130 years, has joined the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance (PEIA), a broad-based coalition of labor, agriculture, manufacturing and other business interests that support private investment in pipeline and other energy infrastructure developments.

CEA, pipeline infrastructure group create reciprocal membership

Washington-Observer, May 10, 2016

Consumer Energy Alliance, the national voice for energy consumers, and Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a broad-based coalition of labor, agriculture, manufacturing and other business interests that support private investment in pipeline and other energy infrastructure developments, Tuesday announced a reciprocal membership to build support for developing Pennsylvania’s pipeline infrastructure.

Keystone Elk Country Alliance Joins Energy Infrastructure Alliance

Gant News, April 11, 2016

The Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA), a non-profit wildlife conservation organization whose mission is to conserve and enhance Pennsylvania’s elk country for future generations, has joined the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance (PEIA), a broad-based coalition of labor, agriculture, manufacturing and other business interests that support private investment in pipeline and energy infrastructure developments.

How Beaver County will “leverage and align its resources” for future success.

Pennsylvania Business Central, Spencer Myers, April 8, 2016

Despite the fact that only 30 active wells are operating in Beaver County, the region has taken center stage in Marcellus shale conversation since Shell decided to build a new ethane cracker plant in Monaca.

Panel makes 12 top suggestions for pipeline development

Central Penn Business Journal, Roger DuPuis, February 19, 2016

Gov. Tom Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force has identified its top 12 recommendations as part of a final report to guide the state toward “responsible development” of natural gas pipeline infrastructure.

PEIA Issues Responses to Final Report by Governor’s Pipeline Task Force

Pennsylvania Legislative Services, February 18, 2016

Members of the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance (PEIA), a broad-based coalition of labor, agriculture, manufacturing and other business interests that support private investment in energy infrastructure, today issued the following statements in response to the final report unveiled by the Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force.

Marcus Hook will be key to Pennsylvania’s future

Delaware County Daily Times, Trish McFarland, February 17, 2016

Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke recently announced a citywide jobs initiative to focus on nontraditional and renewable energies, promising to provide the region with 10,000 new jobs over the next 10 years. It’s an ambitious plan to bring together the private and public sector to continue to make Pennsylvania an energy leader in the region.

Report from pipeline taskforce elicits comment from supporters, foes

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Laura Legere, January 26, 2016

At 335 pages and counting, the report from a state task force charged with improving pipeline development in Pennsylvania is being billed as only the “start of a conversation” about reducing hurdles and conflict around the sweeping infrastructure buildout.

Report from pipeline taskforce elicits comment from supporters, foes

State Impact, Marie Cusick, January 20, 2016

Seven people were arrested for disorderly conduct after they disrupted the final meeting of Governor Tom Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force in Harrisburg Wednesday.

LETTER: Berks needs new pipeline

Reading Eagle, Ryan Helms, January 12, 2016

Pennsylvania lacks adequate pipeline capacity to move energy goods to market.

LETTER: Pipeline projects deliver energy and jobs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Robert Wilds, December 31, 2015

Before Pennsylvania can take its place as a global energy leader, it must continue to build out the infrastructure necessary to transport these resources safely and efficiently. For our commonwealth to truly benefit, the development of this critical infrastructure can and should be a local, collaborative effort (“A New Job Pipeline for Steelworkers,” Dec. 27 Forum).

Eminent domain a necessity

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, James Kunz, December 28, 2015

Pennsylvania’s energy resources have given our region a competitive edge and the opportunity to deliver these resources across the commonwealth. To safely deliver those goods, Pennsylvania needs to quickly build new pipelines and upgrade existing ones. We depend on private companies to do that.

Manufacturers’ Association joins statewide energy group

Central Penn Business Journal, Roger DuPuis, December 18, 2015

York-based The Manufacturers’ Association has become the latest organization to join the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance. “Utilizing Pennsylvania’s abundant natural resources and investing in its energy infrastructure is vital to ensuring that local businesses can compete in a global market,” said Tom Palisin, executive director of The Manufacturers’ Association.

Pipeline projects need better PR, says panel

State Impact, Marie Cusick, December 16, 2015

The people who sit on Governor Tom Wolf’s pipeline infrastructure task force don’t agree on much, but there’s broad consensus on one thing–everyone could do a better job on public relations.

Pipeline vital to Pennsylvania families and local economies

Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice, Ed Gillette, November 16, 2015

From the food we eat, to the energy we use in our homes, the quality of life we enjoy is made possible by having access to natural resources and creating dependable means of transportation to deliver those resources into our communities. Every day, oil, natural gas and other essential energy sources are transported safely to millions of consumers across the Commonwealth — and the hard working men and women of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542 are vital contributors to that transportation process. I serve as the pipeline lead for Local 542 and have participated in dozens of advanced training programs for its workers. Hundreds of workers have gone through these programs.

Food Merchants Association supports expansion of pipelines in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg Patriot-News, Alex Baloga, November 9, 2015

Pennsylvania possesses an abundant reserve of natural resources that represent a golden economic opportunity not only for us, but future generations as well. However, in order to maximize the long-term economic benefit, we must commit to investing in the critical energy infrastructure the commonwealth desperately needs (“To keep Pa.’s energy revolution going, we need to expand pipelines,” Nov. 4)

Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership joins Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance

Marcellus Business Central, November 6, 2015

The Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership (MVEDP), a state-certified economic and community development organization serving the greater Philipsburg/ Moshannon Valley region, has joined the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance (PEIA), a broad-based coalition of labor, agriculture, manufacturing and other business interests that support private investment in pipeline and other energy infrastructure developments.

MVEDP joins Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance

Centre County Gazette, November 4, 2015

The Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership Inc., an economic and community development organization serving the greater Philipsburg/Moshannon Valley region, has joined the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a coalition of labor, agriculture, manufacturing and other business interests that support private investment in pipeline and other energy infrastructure developments.

To keep Pa’s energy revolution going, we need to expand pipelines

Harrisburg Patriot-News, Trish McFarland, Jeff Kotula and David Black, November 3, 2015

It’s officially fall in Pennsylvania. You can hop on the turnpike and travel across our diverse state, weaving through mountains and passing over rivers. That’s the beauty of the Commonwealth –you never have to travel far to get from a big city to a small town and vice versa.

Discussion On Sunoco Pipeline Heats Up

West Chester Daily Local News, Adam Farence, September 30, 2016

With Sunoco Logistics in the midst of the Mariner East Project, a local organization hosted a forum to help neighbors understand current developments, and advise residents on their possible courses of action.

Group keeps tabs on energy infrastructure

Central Penn Business Journal, Joel Berg, August 25, 2015

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber and the Pennsylvania State Grange recently joined a statewide group hoping to bring attention to pipelines and other infrastructure popping up to serve the natural-gas industry.

Devastated By Loss Of Oil, Marcus Hook’s Fortunes Rest On New Buried Treasure: Gas

Patriot-News, Nick Malawskey, August 18, 2015

At the 800-acre Marcus Hook Industrial Complex, close to a thousand men are working nearly around the clock, their time punctuated by the steady, rhythmic pounding of a pile driver. … Sunoco Logistics is spending roughly $2.5 billion on the Mariner East projects, ripping out old oil refinery equipment and replacing it with the tools and machinery necessary to store, process and ship billions of gallons of propane and ethane. When the upgrades are completed, the rate at which ships can be loaded will increase 10-fold. At the same time, it has repurposed the old Sun Oil pipeline to bring propane from the Marcellus Shale region to the east. A second pipeline, Mariner East II, is currently going through the permitting process, and Sunoco Logistics announced earlier this year it is considering a third.

Pipeline Projects Reviving Mon Valley’s Economy

Uniontown Herald-Standard, Joseph P. Kirk, August 12, 2015

The Mon Valley economy, once flourishing thanks to steel-making, is being reborn. And the key is cleaner, cheaper, domestically generated energy. Advancements in new technologies have made new energy resources available to the U.S. market; the only trick is ensuring we move it safely and efficiently across our state and region. That is why new pipelines for the region, like the new Mariner East 2, are so important. … This infusion of natural gas liquids is exactly what the Mon Valley needs — and it’s why the Mon Valley Progress Council has joined the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a broad-based coalition advocating for timely approval for critical energy infrastructure projects. We need safe, reliable access to large quantities of affordable energy to help revive our manufacturing base and heavy industries.

When opportunity knocks, answer the door

Tribune Live, Jason Fincke and Jeff Kotula, August 4, 2015

Several years ago, during a period of historic economic turbulence, shale development knocked on our door.

Engineering The Expansion Of Pipeline Infrastructure

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, James T. Kunz, Jr., July 23, 2015

From mining in Hazleton, to steel in Pittsburgh, to high-tech corridors, Pennsylvania’s labor force has been an integral component to growing our state’s economy. … [O]ur organization recently joined the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a group that supports developing our energy infrastructure. As pipeline infrastructure continues to grow, opportunities to develop and transport energy resources safely across our state continue to grow our economy. These types of large-scale infrastructure projects, like the Mariner East projects, create new opportunities, such as the expansion of the Marcus Hook industrial complex. These projects will have a long-term, positive impact on the entire commonwealth. … Our organization works hard to make sure we are equipped to safely handle new infrastructure development. So, when opportunities like the Mariner East 2 projects come to town, we are ready to ensure that we can grow our economy by safely building these new developments.

New Task Force Seeks To Manage ‘Massive’ Buildout Of Pipelines

Pennsylvania State Impact, Jon Hurdle, July 22, 2015

Pennsylvania will see as many as 30,000 miles of new pipeline built over the next 20 years to take the huge natural gas resources of the Marcellus and Utica Shales to market, the Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, John Quigley, said on Wednesday. … The Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a group promoting private investment on behalf of manufacturing, agriculture and other business groups, said an expanded pipeline network is crucial to reaping the benefits of the Marcellus and Utica shales. It said the state has only a small portion of the pipelines needed to transport gas to market at a time when demand is on the rise. “Our state is uniquely positioned for energy growth – if we have the gas pipeline delivery system and other energy infrastructure in place to meet this growing demand,” the group said in a letter to the task force.

Why LIUNA Supports Mariner East Pipeline Project

Labor Press New York, Dennis L. Martire, July 22, 2015

Across Pennsylvania, development of the shale industry has become a new economic engine for our state, supporting energy infrastructure projects that have brought new opportunity to thousands of residents, and increased the energy independence of our entire country. Increasingly, new pipeline projects are delivering both short-term employment benefits from construction, and long-term economic benefits from increased access to affordable natural gas and natural gas liquids. … We know these pipelines, such as the Mariner East 2 project, will bring immense new economic activity to our state. That project alone is estimated to have a total economic impact of more than $4 billion, creating more than 30,000 direct and indirect jobs, including more than 13,000 jobs during construction.

New PA Energy Infrastructure Alliance Formed

PA Environment Digest, David E. Hess, July 22, 2015

Members of the newly formed PA Energy Infrastructure Alliance Wednesday sent a letter offering to be a resource to members of DEP’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force which met for the first time Wednesday.

Marcellus Shale 2.0

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jeff Kotula, July 21, 2015

Today, our county has another opportunity for growth and expansion with the energy renaissance in our state driven by development of the Marcellus Shale, one of the world’s largest reserves of natural gas. … To continue fueling this growth and to supply valuable natural gas and gas byproducts to a resurgent manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania, we need to build adequate infrastructure. … The proposed $3 billion Mariner East underground gas-liquids pipeline project is exactly the type of infrastructure we need. It would connect the energy resources in Western Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex on the Delaware River for local, national and international distribution. … Western Pennsylvania can take advantage of the next phase of Marcellus Shale development by supporting the infrastructure needed to transport natural-gas products safely to market and connecting our region to the wider world, much as the National Road did two centuries ago.

PMA Perspective: Energy Infrastructure

Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, July 20, 2015

In this episode, David Taylor hosts Abe Amoros, Pennsylvania Legislative Director for LIUNA, for a discussion about the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance. Carl Marrara visits a Williams Energy pumping station in Frazer, PA and visits the Shady Maple Farmers Market and Smorgasbord to learn about their natural gas conversion made possible by expanded pipelines. Back in the studio, David hosts a second newsmaker interview with Cindy Ivey, spokesperson for the Williams Energy Atlantic Sunrise pipeline expansion project. The show concludes with “Final Word” commentary with Mr. Fred Anton.

Guest Column: Why Laborers’ Union Supports Mariner East Pipeline Project

Delaware County Daily Times, Dennis L. Martire, July 19, 2015

Across Pennsylvania, development of the shale industry has become a new economic engine for our state, supporting energy infrastructure projects that have brought new opportunity to thousands of residents, and increased the energy independence of our entire country. … For the more than 25,000 members of the Laborers’ International Union of North America in Pennsylvania, and thousands of other workers across our state, these projects are not just pipelines. They are also a lifeline to family-supporting jobs. … We know these pipelines, such as the Mariner East 2 project, will bring immense new economic activity to our state. … The Mariner East 2 pipeline will meet or exceed all required safety guidelines and be constructed in accordance with state and federal standards. … The working men and women of LIUNA are eager to put our skills and training to work safely building our energy future. Let’s keep Pennsylvania moving forward!

Mon Valley Progress Council Joins Pa. Energy Infrastructure Alliance

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Valley Independent, July 17, 2015

The Mon Valley Progress Council joined the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a broad-based coalition of labor, agriculture, manufacturing and other business interests that support private investment in pipeline and other energy infrastructure developments. … “Investments in pipelines and energy infrastructure have the potential to transform the Mid-Mon Valley,” Mon Valley Progress Council Executive Director Joe Kirk said. “These are exactly the kinds of projects we need to ensure a diverse economic base, create jobs, grow our regional population and make communities more livable.”

JARI Joins Coalition To Modernize State’s Energy Infrastructure

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Staff Reporter, July 15, 2015

Johnstown Area Regional Industries has joined a coalition, consisting of labor and business organizations, dedicated to modernizing the state’s energy infrastructure through private investment. The Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance supports developing pipelines as what it calls the safest mode for transporting natural gas. “The reason we’re interested in being a member of this alliance is that it’s an opportunity to really have our name associated with development in Pennsylvania,” JARI President Linda Thomson said. … The alliance is still in its rudimentary stage after its launch on June 8, so not a lot of specific plans are in place. It was founded by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 and Laborers’ International Union of North America.

Washington, Delaware county chambers form Energy Infrastructure Alliance

Washington Observer-Reporter, July 10, 2015

Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce have partnered as founding members of Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a broad-based coalition of business, local labor organizations and individuals in support of timely approval for critical energy infrastructure in the commonwealth.

Pa. is a natural hub for energy growth

Daily Times, Trish McFarland, July 2, 2015

Amid all of the news coverage about the existing energy growth we are seeing in our state, we continue to see news about company plans to send our natural gas resources out of state and down to the Gulf Coast.

Sunoco Logistics hosts meeting on Mariner East 2 project

Delaware County Daily Times, Kathleen E Carey, July 2, 2015

About 100 people voiced their concerns during an open house held by Sunoco Logistics Wednesday evening. As part of Mariner East 2, Sunoco Logistics wants a 350-mile twin pipeline to carry propane, ethane and butane from Ohio through West Virginia into Pennsylvania and finally to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex, where it would be stored and distributed to domestic and international customers. The project is anticipated to include two lines, one measuring 20 inches wide and the other 16 inches.

Plan For Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 Displayed For Chesco Residents

Delaware County Daily Times, Candice Monhollan, June 30, 2015

Sunoco Logistics officials were on hand at West Chester University’s Sykes Student Union to answer questions from Chester County residents regarding the Mariner East 2 pipeline project Monday night. … The Mariner East 1 pipeline, which is already being used, runs from western Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex, approximately 300 miles. … Now, Sunoco is working on its planned Mariner East 2 project — a $2.5 billion new underground pipeline running roughly 350 miles, from Ohio through West Virginia and ending at Marcus Hook. Mariner 2 will be a 20-inch pipeline moving pretty much alongside Mariner East 1. … Sunoco, which has been doing these open houses across the pipeline areas, will also meet with Delaware County residents Wednesday.

Delco Chamber Helps Create Marcellus Shale Coalition

Delaware County Daily Times, Kathleen E. Carey, June 17, 2015

The president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with other chamber and union members to create a coalition that will advocate to advance the economic benefits of the Marcellus Shale. The Delco Chamber, along with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 and Laborers International Union of North America, have formed the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance. “We are just the founding members and we will grow on that,” said Trish McFarland, president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. “Right now, we are growing. We know people are going to want to be a part of this.”

Gas pipelines’ routes key to public acceptance

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, David Conti, June 13, 2015

As battles over increased taxes and environmental regulations grow louder between the shale gas industry and Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, the sides seem to have found common ground on a related issue.

Washington, Delaware county chambers form Energy Infrastructure Alliance

Washington Observer-Reporter, June 10, 2015

Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce have partnered as founding members of Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a broad-based coalition of business, local labor organizations and individuals in support of timely approval for critical energy infrastructure in the commonwealth.

Unions, Chambers Of Commerce Form Alliance To Push For Energy Pipelines

Philadelphia Business Journal, Patricia Madej, June 9, 2015

The coalition, which formed Monday and has been in the works for the past few months, partners the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) and the International Union of Operation Engineers (IUOE) Local 66 toward a common goal of gaining support and funding for energy infrastructure in Pennsylvania. Namely, pipelines.

Pennsylvania Alliance Forms To Promote ‘Timely’ Oil/Gas Infrastructure Development

Natural Gas Intelligence, Jamison Cocklin, June 9, 2015

Another pro-energy coalition has formed in the Appalachian Basin, this time bringing together chambers of commerce in eastern and western Pennsylvania, along with local labor unions, to promote and support the “timely approval for critical energy infrastructure.” The Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance was announced Monday. Its founding members include the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 and the Laborers International Union of North America.

Pennsylvania Labor, Business Groups Unite To Form Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines, June 9, 2015

Chambers of commerce in eastern and western Pennsylvania and local labor organizations launched the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a broad-based coalition in support of timely approval for critical energy infrastructure in the Commonwealth.

Business and Labor Join Forces to Support Energy Infrastructure Expansion

Pennsylvania Business Daily, June 8, 2015

Commonwealth business chambers and labor groups launched the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a coalition supporting expedient approval for statewide energy infrastructure reform, today.

Chambers Of Commerce, Unions to Push For Faster Pipeline Approvals

Pittsburgh Business Times, June 8, 2015

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce, along with a counterpart organization in eastern Pennsylvania and two labor unions, have joined together to push for faster approval of energy infrastructure projects.

Deep under Marcus Hook refinery, new importance for massive old caverns

Philadelphia Inquirer, Andrew Maykuth, May 3, 2015

Hundreds of feet beneath the former Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook are five caverns carved from granite, excavated not by ancient geologic forces but by 20th-century miners.

Middletown paves way for Sunoco valve station

Daily Times, May 3, 2015

Council unanimously adopted an ordinance that amends an existing easement held by Sunoco Pipeline, L.P., thereby permitting the construction of an above-ground valve control station and related improvements and landscaping on township property along Darlington Road.

Letter: We can build a safe pipeline

Unionville Times, Kevin McDevitt, April 29, 2015

I have been a resident of West Goshen Township for 20 years and a resident of West Chester Borough the 24 years prior. I recently attended the township meeting in West Goshen regarding the Mariner East project that was held at East High School. The ultimate concern of myself, my friends, and my neighbors, is the safety of the pipeline and the pumping station.

Fire departments receive grant money

News Item, April 24, 2015

Three Northumberland County fire departments will check items off their shopping lists thanks to $20,000 from the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program.

Pipeline builders seek to start by summer

Daily Star, Joe Mahoney, April 23, 2015

The Constitution Pipeline project has gained legal access to property all along its 124-mile route from northeastern Pennsylvania to Schoharie County, and its planners hope to begin construction this summer, a spokesman for the project said Thursday.

Gas pipeline company awards 9 community grants in Lancaster County

Lancaster Online, Ad Crable, April 16, 2015

Two public schools, three fire companies, a watershed group, the Lancaster Science Factory, a no-till farming group and Millersville University received grants up to $10,000 as part of the first round of community grants created by the owner of a proposed gas pipeline that would cut through Lancaster County.

Laborers union supports pipelines like Mariner East: PennLive letters

Patriot News, March 26, 2015

Underground pipelines are the safest mode to transport energy, according to federal statistics.  New projects – like the Mariner East — will actually improve and repair an existing pipeline. Pipelines built or repurposed today are state-of-the art. They are constructed from superior materials with continual remote monitoring and automatic safety shut-off technology.