October 21, 2015

Defining the Benefits of Infrastructure Development

The development of the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions spurred a plethora of economic growth across our region. We have benefited significantly from the direct and indirect economic opportunities that have revived our manufacturing industry and provided countless small businesses with renewed hope and confidence.The proposed Rover pipeline is estimated to inject $4.2 billion into our local economies and create more than 10,000 construction jobs. Following construction, the project is expected to contribute nearly $147 million in tax revenue to townships, counties and states. This economic opportunity will not only ensure the safe transportation of our energy resources, it will also offer a significant boost to many local economies.

Concerns about pipeline development and operation must be taken seriously and addressed properly. As a coalition, we have thoroughly reviewed the proposed projects and firmly believe a proper understanding of the projects is critical to being able to see the upside of these major capital investments. Studies, including ones by the U.S. Department of Transportation, show that pipelines lead every other form of transportation in both safety and reliability.

The Coalition for the Expansion of Pipeline Infrastructure (CEPI) looks forward to playing a central role in leading a fact-based conversation on pipeline infrastructure development.