HARRISBURG – The Senate approved a resolution today introduced by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) encouraging Congress to support the development of an ethane storage hub in the Appalachian region.
Senate Resolution 375 urges 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. Developing an ethane storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian region is projected to create as many as 100,000 new direct and indirect jobs and generate $28 billion in new economic output.
“The construction of Shell’s new ethane facility in Beaver County is already underway, and that project is expected to create thousands of new jobs. However, that does not mean our work is finished,” Bartolotta said. “We should be doing everything in our power to encourage ethane companies to come here, stay here and create family-sustaining jobs. 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.”
Pennsylvania’s chemical industry currently 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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