Marcellus Shale Coalition: Gov. Wolf’s Policies Don’t Match His Rhetoric

David Spigelmyer, President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, calls out Gov. Tom Wolf for political rhetoric and state policies that simply don’t match up.

Gov. Wolf recently shared some encouraging insights on Pennsylvania’s energy future. “The shale gas resources in the Appalachian Basin represent enormous economic opportunity,” he said in a news release announcing efforts aimed at attracting more manufacturing to the commonwealth.

If only the governor’s policies matched his rhetoric, which continues to threaten the positive progress those resources are enabling for Pennsylvanians.

We couldn’t agree more with the governor’s words – abundant, affordable, and clean-burning natural gas is a winner. Consumers, manufacturers, power generators, and our environment all benefit from the commonwealth’s energy abundance, affordability, and use.

With natural gas, Pennsylvania is making things again. Natural gas and associated byproducts such as ethane are the key feed stocks in the plastics manufacturing process. We are on the cusp of a Rust Belt revival, as petrochemical manufacturers – using processes that turn raw materials into the plastic for every imaginable product – are capitalizing on Pennsylvania’s energy advantage to locate, expand, and create new jobs here in the commonwealth.

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