A recent article in the Scranton Times-Tribune highlighted the beneficial economic impacts harbored by the Mariner East Projects in Pennsylvania.
According to the article, the Mariner East II pipeline “is estimated to generate $4.2 billion in economic impact and support more than 30,000 new Pennsylvania jobs.” The piece elaborates that this then expands given how “thousands of jobs are anticipated as a result of ancillary industries and manufacturing growth. Thousands of skilled trade union jobs are necessary to build other infrastructure projects including the PennEast, Atlantic Sunrise, Mariner East 2 and Atlantic Coast pipeline. These projects are designed to establish Pennsylvania as a key energy market and position it for a manufacturing renaissance.”
IHS Markit recently released a study underpinning this point, which stressed how Pennsylvania must capitalize on the Marcellus and Utica Shale reserves and “begin taking immediate steps to support a long-term strategy that will maximize in-state-economic development – as other U.S. states and regions are also competing for the resources.”
A recent piece in the Delaware County Daily Times by the President of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Trish MacFarland, hit this point home, wherein MacFarland stressed that “this workforce development and economic growth is good news for our state – and is progressing across the board.” She concluded that, “at the end of the day, it comes down to being able to provide the right lives for their families. The numbers have spoken. The industry shifts occurring in Delaware County and across Pennsylvania are good omens for Pennsylvanian families – and continue to head in the right direction.”