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Benefits here & now

| Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Natural gas is playing a big role in our economic resurgence. It's hard to miss all the activity locally. From continued development of the “cracker” plant in Beaver County to new construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania, our region is on the move.

Pipelines remain the safest and most efficient way to transport our energy resources to supply consumers, manufacturers and big and small businesses alike. Mariner East 2 represents one of the biggest economic opportunities our state has seen in generations — a $3 billion investment that will create over 30,000 jobs and generate about $1 million in annual pipeline-related tax revenue for Pennsylvania.

Pipelines also are the critical link behind the delivery of the vast energy resources below our feet to processors like the cracker plant and ultimately to a variety of different end markets for use.

Projects that were just ideas a few years ago are becoming a reality today. The benefits aren't off in some distant location or far off in the future. They are happening right now, and we're all better off for it.

Chad Jones

South Side

The writer is executive director of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

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