PA natural gas, American energy independence

Independence Day stands as an annual reminder of the sacrifices our forefathers made to ensure our country’s freedom and ability to prosper as a free and independent nation. Americans have fought for and defended this freedom from the beginning through hard work and perseverance. Our nation was built on the principle of resourcefulness — the ability to make use of what’s available to compete and prosper.

That same spirit is alive and thriving in the hearts of Americans. Pennsylvania, for example, has the opportunity to distinguish itself as a leader in the future of energy on a global scale. The state sits on the largest natural gas field in the country; however, we lack the infrastructure to get this essential energy source to the homes and businesses that would benefit from it the most. Putting Pennsylvanians to work to build Atlantic Sunrise would secure our state’s dominance in natural gas production and bring our nation closer to energy independence.

As our nation continues to compete in the 21st century as a major world power, it is crucial that we invest in our infrastructure and make use of the natural resources we possess. Americans have always found a way to thrive and compete on a global level, but a lack of energy infrastructure build-out hinders this progress. We must make our own choices when it comes to how we power our businesses and homes, and it starts with natural gas as the driving force for innovation and independence.

Our founders saw the necessity for independence and freedom to create a nation that would prosper through innovation and determination. Their hope for such a future falls on us. Today, as we remember those who declared that we shall be a nation that makes its own choices, let us declare our own energy independence by investing in our country’s natural gas resources. It’s time to build Atlantic Sunrise.

— Mike Atchie, Williams public outreach manager