Projects fueling Pennsylvania’s infrastructural development are fundamentally good news for the state across indicators of energy connectivity and workforce development.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a study this week highlighting the need for expanded energy infrastructure in the Appalachian region, where “regional prices are influenced by regional production rates and the availability of infrastructure to transport natural gas to demand centers. Production in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays has grown rapidly over the past several years, and infrastructure to deliver natural gas to consumers has not kept pace.”
People in Pennsylvania – and across the region – are already seeing the benefits of this expanded infrastructure tapping into the abundant deposits of Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) harbored by the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays. However, in order to capitalize on the potential of Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale, more pipelines have to be built to get this gas to market.
There is more work to be done – and it needs to be done now.