Pennsylvania has deep roots in energy. The Commonwealth has been developing its natural gas resources since the 1800s. In fact, some of the first wells were drilled right outside Pittsburgh in Murrysville. Fast forward to the 21st century, and new technologies have allowed Pennsylvania to become a leader in clean energy and the nation’s second-largest producer of natural gas. Whether it’s more affordable energy for the thousands of consumers who heat their homes with propane or providing a family-sustaining income for the tens of thousands of construction workers and ancillary jobs supported by pipeline projects, natural gas development has touched Pennsylvanians throughout the commonwealth.
Our Mariner East 2 pipeline system is connecting our state’s rich, abundant resources with a variety of consumers. Regionally produced natural gas liquids, including ethane, butane, and propane, are the building blocks of everyday plastic products. They heat many of our homes, make grilling possible and are a key ingredient in making our modern world what it is. Mariner East 2 transports these natural gas liquids from processing plants in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania to our Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Delaware County, where they are distributed to drive our modern-day economy.
In the past, many of the energy resources produced here in the Appalachian basin were shipped to the Gulf Coast, where the infrastructure to process and transport them has been developed. We saw value in keeping this resource right here in the Appalachian region, and we are continuing to develop new economies here.
Our new blog, “Voices of Mariner East,” will highlight this important energy infrastructure project from the perspective of many of the “boots on the ground” who are seeing this transformation come to life. This blog will highlight Pennsylvania’s story as we work to create new opportunities in this region. We plan to use this space to educate the public on the importance of the resources we safely transport every day.
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