In Pennsylvania, the Washington Observer-Reporter recently reported on an exciting new campaign in support of natural gas pipeline construction. Consumer Energy Alliance, a national consumer advocacy organization that represents consumers, manufacturers, agriculture, energy, renewables and other industries, recently launched a campaign called “Pipelines for America.” The effort aims to educate consumers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region about the increasing importance of energy infrastructure in the region. Steps taken to invest in midstream natural gas projects can both reduce energy costs across the country while responsibly developing domestic resources.
According to CEA Mid-Atlantic Executive Director Mike Butler, who also is a member of Pennsylvania’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force:
“These statistics show that expanding America’s much-needed pipeline development is the best way to ensure that consumers’ energy prices remain steady, particularly in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region.”
CEA’s campaign has earned the support of a diverse array of groups, including the Operating Engineers and Laborers International Union of North America, both of which rank among the members of the Coalition for the Expansion of Pipeline Infrastructure.
CEA has focused its initial efforts in New York. The group plans to submit a petition with more than 10,000 signatures from state consumers to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, urging him to stop blocking pipeline expansion.
CEPI applauds CEA’s efforts to educate the public on the critical importance of our region’s natural gas projects. We’re encouraged to see such a respected organization join in promoting the many benefits of increasing regional access to affordable, domestically-produced natural gas.