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Pipeline to prosperity

| Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

With more than 400,000 members nationwide, Consumer Energy Alliance's mission is to help ensure stable prices for consumers and energy security. As a specific example of the infrastructure we need all across the nation, I support the Mariner East 2 pipeline, which will enhance reliability and improve access to the massive shale gas reserves in Pennsylvania.

This project deserves our support because it does a good job of balancing our energy needs with our nation's environmental and conservation goals.

By permitting the Mariner East 2 project, Pennsylvania will see an influx of private investment, tax dollars and much-needed job creation. It represents a $3 billion investment in Pennsylvania's economy, creating more than 30,000 jobs during construction and up to 400 permanently upon operation.

Access to affordable, reliable natural gas means lower energy costs for families, more opportunity for businesses and valuable raw materials for farmers, construction, cars and other products made locally. Because of this, homeowners, retirees, businesses and those living on fixed incomes will enjoy lower utility prices.

This proposed project also establishes protections that safeguard against potential environmental issues while simultaneously providing access to key natural resources. With environmental safety at its highest standard, this pipeline deserves our support.

Mike Butler

The writer is executive director of Consumer Energy Alliance Mid-Atlantic.

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