Pipelines are the safest way to transport energy resources. They are safer than by train through our communities and safer than by truck on our roadways. Pipeline opponents would have you believe that constructing new infrastructure capacity is harmful. But opposing pipelines actually means advocating for the use of more dangerous and inefficient methods of transport.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania leads all shale formations in output on a daily basis. But, pipeline capacity is lagging. Consumers and businesses ultimately pay the price in higher energy costs from the constrained network.
Safety is an important reason why Pennsylvanians should support expanded infrastructure development, even with recent disruptions. Energy developers need ways to get their resources from shale fields to market. If we don't ship our energy output by pipeline, then producers will be forced to transport using existing rail and road infrastructure.
Projects like Mariner East 2 deserve continued support. This pipeline will safely transport energy resources from western Pennsylvania’s shale formations to southeastern Pennsylvania, where it will be processed and delivered to market. That will fuel countless economic benefits for the state, give more businesses and consumers access to these resources, and help to support growth among other businesses and manufacturers.
Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance