How Fracked Natural Gas Could Pump Millions into State Economies

Pennsylvanians are riding a wave of economic prosperity thanks to the state’s thriving natural gas industry, which supports more than 300,000 jobs and has contributed more than $34 billion to the state’s economy. Now, a major natural gas pipeline proposal appears primed to keep that economic momentum going strong.

Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project will connect abundant Marcellus natural gas supply with markets throughout the eastern and southeastern United States, easing the pipeline infrastructure bottlenecks which are plaguing PA.

Not only that, but according to a newly published study by researchers at the Pennsylvania State University, the project could pump approximately $1.6 billion into state and local economies and support as many as 8,000 jobs during the one-year construction period. On top of that, the ongoing operation of the pipeline would generate an impressive $1.9 million in annual economic impact, supporting 29 permanent jobs.

“Penn State’s report clearly shows how vital this project and others like it are for Pennsylvania’s economy,” says Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry President Gene Barr. “We need to take advantage of all of our natural resources, and the best way to do that is through more gas infrastructure.”

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Some key economic benefits those living in the region surrounding the Williams Atlantic Sunrise pipeline can expect:

  • $3 billion will need to be invested by Williams and a co-owner for design and construction
  • Direct expenditures will be centered in Pennsylvania, with some materials and labor sourced from other states
  • Construction is expected to result in an overall economic impact of $1.6 billion, engaging up to 8,270 workers in Pennsylvania and Virginia
  • After the multi-year construction phase is complete, the region will continue to reap the benefits of American-sourced natural gas as ongoing operations of the project are predicted to generate an annual economic impact of $1.96 million and support 29 direct and indirect jobs in two Pennsylvania counties (Columbia and Wyoming) where two new Greenfield compressor facilities are proposed
  • Significant federal, state and local taxes would also be generated during the approximate one-year construction phase, including an estimated $31 million in federal taxes and $18 million in state taxes across all county locations hosting construction activity for the project

Further demonstrating the impact of the Williams Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, it’s been found that consumers served by the Transco pipeline in the southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions could have saved $2.6 billion from 2012-2014 due to increased access to lower-priced Pennsylvania gas supply because of Atlantic Sunrise, according to a report by Penn State economist Andrew Kleit.

“Anyone who has experienced a spike in their heating bills understands the importance of this project. There is a critical need for additional pipeline capacity in the region so that northeastern consumers can realize the full benefit of lower-cost energy,” says Transco General Manager Frank Ferazzi.

The Atlantic Sunrise project is a proposed expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline, which currently transports about 10 percent of the nation’s natural gas. The Atlantic Sunrise project would add about 200 miles of new pipe to expand and extend the reach of the existing Transco pipeline to northeastern Pennsylvania, transporting about 1.7 billion cubic feet of clean, natural gas per day – enough to serve about 7 million homes.

It’s a new day on the Atlantic coast. To learn more about Atlantic Sunrise and how you can express your support for U.S. energy independence, click here.


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