Chamber & CREDC Expresses Support over DEP Permits for Mariner East 2 Pipeline
On: February 14, 2017 Filed Under: Chamber News
HARRISBURG (February 14, 2017) – David E. Black, President and CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber& CREDC, today issued the following statement after the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued permits yesterday that will allow construction to begin on the Mariner East 2 pipeline project.
“We are pleased that the Mariner East 2 project has been approved by DEP. This project is going to put thousands of Pennsylvanians to work all along the pipeline route while creating a safe, abundant and affordable energy resource to benefit business. Central Pennsylvania may not sit squarely within the state’s shale areas, but pipeline projects like this connect us and ensure we all benefit.”
Mariner East 2 will generate $4.2 billion for Pennsylvania’s economy and contribute $62 million in property taxes annually. According to Econsult Solutions, the project will create over 30,000 direct and indirect jobs, including 7,000 during construction phase, relying on union labor, and approximately 300 to 400 permanent positions throughout Pennsylvania once the pipeline is operational. The pipeline will span 350 miles to deliver energy resources from the Utica and Marcellus Shale regions in Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook, Pa. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration identifies pipelines are the safest mode of energy transportation.
The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC serves as a catalyst for promoting growth and quality of life in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties by providing a unique blend of business, community and economic development and advocacy services under one roof to boost our economic vitality and livability as a region. The Chamber & CREDC has been accredited with five stars from the United States Chamber of Commerce.