Hot dogs, cold beverages, home runs — and natural gas?
Friends, family and neighbors of the energy industry joined baseball fans at PNC Field in Lackawanna County recently for Energy Night. Williams, in partnership with Cabot Oil & Gas, Lackawanna College, Invenergy, Southwestern Energy and Borton-Lawson, celebrated the energy industry with food, games and fellowship prior to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ game against the Pawtucket Red Sox.
“It’s a fun night to bring energy supporters from across the region to enjoy a wonderful ballgame,” Williams Public Outreach Manager Mike Atchie said. “But it’s also a great opportunity to showcase the great deal of support for the energy industry and what it has meant for the commonwealth.”
The relationship between America’s pastime and energy was a fitting theme for the evening — nearly every part of the game is touched by natural gas and natural gas byproducts, from the fertilizer used to treat the field to the equipment, stands and scoreboards, and gas-fired electric generation to power stadium lights.
The energetic atmosphere of game night was highlighted by industry supporters sharing why they stand in support of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project, with more than 130 people signing a petition urging the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to approve the project’s Chapter 102 and 105 permits that night alone.
“It’s finally time to build,” Cody Anderson said after signing. Her signature was added to the many voices of support on the petition letter that was delivered to the PA DEP this week.
Williams intern and Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas student Joseph Caprio agreed. “I support the Atlantic Sunrise project because of the great career opportunities.”
Many supporters cited the jobs the project will create and the local economic impact as the reasons they stand behind the energy infrastructure project.
“These are family-sustaining jobs,” state Rep. Jonathan Fritz, who attended the game and added his signature to the petition, said. “It used to be our best export was young talent — now we have a younger generation staying here, making a real living, having families, and it’s just so healthy for our area and the state.”