The country has benefited greatly from the natural gas industry, as it has contributed billions to the national economy and positioned Pennsylvania, specifically, as a leading energy-producing state. The Commonwealth has emerged as a critical state in our country’s energy future, yet it is well documented that the region does not have the necessary infrastructure to connect Pennsylvania gas production with other consuming markets.
In fact, it has been estimated that many of the wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale still lack the means to deliver natural gas to customers. It's been widely reported that without new pipelines to transport natural gas, we will continue to see a slowdown in the natural gas industry. This would lead to less investment, job layoffs and a reduction in taxes generated. That is why it is critical that elected officials and decision makers prioritize energy infrastructure in Pennsylvania and support the expansion of the state’s existing natural gas pipeline capacity through a proposal known as Atlantic Sunrise.
There is a growing demand for energy, and as we look to resources to meet that demand, natural gas is the most logical solution. It's reliable, cost-effective, and best of all -- it's right here in our state. We are not at a point where renewable sources of energy are a viable option. Families simply cannot afford the costs, and our power grid should not bank on an unreliable power source that cannot meet our current power needs, let alone our future energy needs.
I believe that we should all be committed to creating jobs in the Commonwealth. Atlantic Sunrise is a multi-billion-dollar private investment in our state’s energy infrastructure, providing an opportunity to put thousands of Pennsylvanians to work and helping millions of Americans gain access to affordable, reliable, environmentally responsible and domestically-produced energy. The benefits associated with Atlantic Sunrise are exactly why elected officials work so hard to develop strategies for safe and responsible pipeline development that will bring resources to markets throughout the region.
I also believe it is important to the economic and energy future of Pennsylvania that our elected officials and decision makers fully recognize the significance of this critical energy infrastructure project. Please support Atlantic Sunrise and encourage the completion of this project without delay.