HARRISBURG – Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) is calling on Congress to support the development of an ethane storage hub in the Appalachian region.
Bartolotta introduced a Senate Resolution this week that encourages Congress to pass several bills to help establish the hub and take advantage of the region’s deposits of natural gas, which are rich in ethane. She joined the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council for a news conference at the state Capitol Building in Harrisburg today in support of the idea.
“Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s leading states in terms of natural gas production, manufacturing and the petrochemical industry,” Bartolotta said. “Building an ethane storage and distribution hub would help our state capitalize on its existing infrastructure and natural resources, giving us an opportunity to create more quality jobs and drive business growth throughout the region. In order to fully capitalize on the opportunities that are in front of us, we need to take strategic steps to ensure the responsible and sustainable development of our energy resources.”
Construction of Shell’s new ethane facility in Beaver County is already underway, and it is projected that developing an ethane storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian region would lead to additional investments that could eventually create as many as 100,000 new direct and indirect jobs and $28 billion in new economic output.
Pennsylvania’s chemical industry already supports nearly 80,000 direct and indirect jobs, resulting in $24 billion in economic activity and more than $410 million in state and local taxes.
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