Last week, Sunoco Logistics launched its initial shipment of ethane from the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex to overseas markets –it’s the next phase of our region’s storied history. Throughout the area, local business leaders applauded this momentous achievement and expressed their excitement for what this resurgence will do for the community.
Recently, the Delaware County Daily Times the Washington Observer-Reporter reported on the shipment of ethane, and quoted Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance members, Trish McFarland, president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, and Jeff Kotula, president of Washington County Chamber of Commerce, as representatives of the local business communities stating:
“The first shipment of ethane from Marcus Hook is another example in a long tale of economic development in the region. The Delaware riverfront knows firsthand that trade and exports are a driver of economic activity, generating a $40 billion industry for our state and creating thousands of jobs. Local businesses and communities are thrilled about the new developments at Marcus Hook — and look forward to the future.”
-Trish McFarland, President of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
“Western Pennsylvania continues to feel the pinch of low commodity prices and a drilling slowdown because of overcapacity. To succeed in this lower price environment, we have to move products to market. This first shipment of regionally produced ethane from Marcus Hook is just the start. Western Pennsylvania needs infrastructure like the Mariner East systems to move our gas so we can continue to thrive.”
-Jeff Kotula, President of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce
We are excited about the efforts Sunoco Logistics is making to revive Pennsylvania’s local and overall economies. We encourage more companies like this to facilitate in building Pennsylvania as the next major U.S. energy hub.