Natural gas from the Marcellus Shale has been very good for the economy of southwest Pennsylvania, and now it’s about to become very good for the rest of the northeastern United States.
Two big players in the energy industry, Range Resources and Sunoco Logistics, have agreed that a Range subsidiary will ship propane and ethane to a Sunoco facility in southeast Pennsylvania.
That’s good news for the people here because it will mean construction of a pipeline from Houston, in Washington County, to Delmont, in Westmoreland County, where it will meet an already existing Sunoco pipeline.
Construction will require hundreds of employees and its completion will mean access to national and international markets for gas and its byproducts produced here.
It’s also good news at the other end of the pipe, in Marcus Hook, where local workers were reeling from the closure of three large oil refineries in the past year.
Now, one refinery has reopened to make jet fuel, and Sunoco will build a large processing and storage facility for natural gas.
The free flow of natural gas will mean lower energy prices for families and another big step in shedding our dependence on Middle East oil.
Senate Passes a Pair of Important Resolutions
The state Senate has unanimously passed a pair of resolutions that I sponsored to raise awareness of some important issues.
One is urging communities to consider livestock and family pets when creating disaster response plans. The other is marking POW/MIA Recognition Day.
This week is “Animal Natural Preparedness Week” in Pennsylvania, and my resolution urges local emergency management officials to work under the guidelines of the federal Pet Emergency Transportation and Standards Act.
After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, federal emergency management officials began helping communities add provisions for livestock and pets to their disaster plans. Without a plan for animals, communities might not qualify for federal grants.
“POW/MIA Recognition Day” was observed this year as Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, of Sun Valley, ID, remains a captive of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was captured on June 30, 2009, two months before the remains of Navy pilot Scott Speicher, the first U.S. casualty of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, were returned to the U.S.
We’re more than a generation removed from the time when large numbers of American soldiers were being held captive overseas and hundreds of others were reported missing in action. As time passes, I don’t want people to forget that sacrifice just like I don’t want people to forget that we still have an American soldier being held captive in Afghanistan.