Letter to the editor: Pipelines are key to realizing Pennsylvania’s full benefits

James T. Kunz Jr. |  Tribune Review

Pipelines must adhere to strict state and federal regulation throughout construction, testing and infrastructure replacement to ensure system integrity. According to data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the natural gas delivery system is the safest form of energy delivery in the country.

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LETTER Our communities need pipelines

Mike Butler | The Observer-Reporter

Following the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s recent conference, it was encouraging to see the Observer-Reporter’s coverage on the tremendous economic opportunities that our state’s shale gas provides, and the critical next steps that need to be taken to ensure that Pennsylvanians can fully realize these benefits.

Report confirms benefits of clean-burning natural gas | PennLive letters

Mike Butler |  Penn Live

A University of Pennsylvania Kleinman Center for Energy Policy report confirmed what the natural gas industry has known for years: Clean-burning natural gas has been a godsend for Pennsylvania energy consumers. The report found that natural gas over the past decade has allowed Pennsylvanians to enjoy significant cost reductions versus the national average. This is a stark change from more than a decade ago, when the state was notorious for having higher energy prices than the rest of the country.

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Guest Column: It’s time for Pa. to ‘energize’ its infrastructure

Charlie Melancon | The Delaware County Daily Times

Many years ago there was a saying in the Gulf Coast oil patch that went, “let the Yankees freeze to death in the dark.” That saying had everything to do with Gulf coastal states producing oil and gas and shipping it to the northern tier of states and with interstate pipeline laws in effect, at a cheaper price than was available to our utility companies in the producing states. The pipelines were built to get the much-needed product to those areas that were in need but without the resource. But that has changed.

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Heading downstream: MSC president updates natural gas industry activity

Michael Bradwell | The Observer-Reporter

The president of Marcellus Shale Coalition said Tuesday the natural gas industry is moving to a new phase that seeks to develop new markets for the abundant natural gas now being extracted from the region. David Spigelmyer recalled an ad campaign several years ago by Range Resources that had a tagline of “Drilling is just the beginning.”

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5 Secret Caverns Sit Hundreds Of Feet Below Industrial Complex

Greg Argos | CBS Philadelphia

There’s a secret place just south of Philadelphia. Many years ago it was the site of a dinner party some 300 feet underground, but that’s not where the story ends. At the entrance to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex sits a bronze statue of a sun oil seaman looking out to sea. “Marcus Hook was an important part of the war effort during World War II,” said Jonathan Hunt, senior director of Marcus Hook Industrial Complex.

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Marcellus Natural Gas Lowers Bills For All Americans

Jude Clemente |  Forbes

I’ve already shown here how more natural gas usage thanks to the Marcellus shale play centered in Pennsylvania (where 80% of the play’s production takes place) has slashed the state’s  CO2 emissions by 30%, but in this post I want to bring in some other key benefits provided, namely lower cost energy. The Marcellus is the foundation of lowered energy and electricity prices for families and businesses across the entire country. The Marcellus is the heart of why our gas natural gas prices aren’t expected to come anywhere close to the high prices that we saw pre-shale days, as I document here.

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Guest Editorial: Stick to the rules in pipeline construction

Bill Godsey | The Carlisle Sentinel

A series of drilling-mud releases along the Mariner East 2 Pipeline construction route have raised a lot of speculation about potential risks associated with energy transportation lines.

While it is important that communities in Cumberland County and across central Pennsylvania understand the risks, it is also important that they recognize the heightened safety of today’s pipelines because of modern construction practices. Recent construction activities have led to increased focus on the nature of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and inadvertent returns, which has also caused unnecessary start-and-stop construction activity. It is important that the public understand the risks created by this start-and-stop approach.