Pipelines are essential to transporting the natural gas from its source to multiple end-user destinations. Although Pennsylvania has long had a rather large network of mid to large size gas gathering and transmission lines fed by the 60,000 traditional vertical gas wells, many of the Marcellus horizontal wells are located in areas with no appreciable existing pipeline infrastructure.
In Pennsylvania alone, 339,000 jobs are supported by the oil and natural gas industry.
Impact taxes from the development of oil and natural gas in Pennsylvania have been a major benefit for the state.
Hydraulic fracturing is a means of extracting natural gas from shale formations such as the Marcellus Shale. It is a proven technology and has been used since the 1940s in more than 1 million wells in the United States to help produce oil and natural gas.
There are many challenges confronting our nation as we strive for economic and energy security, such as increased energy taxes, limits on domestic access and increased regulations, infrastructure concerns such as pipelines, and refining.