Pipeline's promising prospects
Pennsylvania's shale boom has produced a great example of collaboration between America's energy and manufacturing industries, as well as an opportunity to support American manufacturing jobs.
Here's how: All 350 miles of the proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline project's new 20-inch-plus pipe will be bought from and rolled by American steel plants — all of which are represented by the United Steelworkers. That's 75,000 tons of steel — and a lot of man hours.
In fact, I would call the massive American-made investments in both the Mariner East 1 and 2 projects one of the strongest behind-the-scenes accomplishments of the Pennsylvania Steel Alliance. According to Econsult Solutions, these projects will support 30,000 jobs along their routes during construction.
Marcellus shale has positioned Pennsylvania as the second-largest producer of natural gas in the U.S., trailing only Texas. But to fully harness this natural resource's full potential, constructing the pipeline's infrastructure with American-made materials is a must.
This project does just that. With that in mind, I encourage Pennsylvania's leaders to support American manufacturing by supporting Mariner East 2 today.
The writer is president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a partnership established in 2007 by some of America's leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers Union.