Energy infrastructure is key

What’s happening with the construction (Gas pipeline work could be near) of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline is exactly how important infrastructure projects should be managed in Pennsylvania.

First, this project received unprecedented regulatory review since it was first proposed in May 2014. It was the subject of numerous municipal and state-sponsored forums, meetings and public hearings, including one in Altoona in August 2016.

Discussions were robust and thorough, allowing residents to comment before any decision was made.

With the state permits in hand, Sunoco’s project is moving ahead as intended, that includes working with officials at all levels to address local concerns, like ensuring Raystown Lake remains the recreational prize it is not just during the busy tourist season, but long after the pipeline is installed.

Cooperation is essential.

Finally, the economic benefits already are being realized.

This project represents one of the biggest economic opportunities our state has seen in generations: A $3 billion investment that will create over 30,000 jobs.

Aside from suppliers supporting the project, local hotels already are filling up, with spinoff spending in the communities.

Vital infrastructure projects like this pipeline are a shared priority because it will boost Pennsylvania’s long-term local manufacturing, transportation and trade opportunities.

So far, it’s off to a great start.

Brittany Tressler is spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance.


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