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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Marietta Professor: Pipeline Opponents Endanger American Energy Supply

From Cleveland.com, here is a portion of an op-ed by Marietta College professor Robert W. Chase:
Construction of natural gas pipelines in the eastern United States is running up against fierce local opposition. It's a helmet-to-helmet environmental dispute like no other and it could stall the shale revolution and pose a greater danger to America's energy supply than anything that could come from OPEC or Vladimir Putin. 
The reality is that almost nobody likes or appreciates natural gas pipelines. Let's simply note that everyday life wouldn't be the same without the gas that these pipelines carry for electricity generation, home heating and cooking, and industrial production. And there is little question that demand for natural gas is rising. Witness the retirement of aging coal and nuclear plants in favor of those that burn low-cost, clean natural gas. 
Without improvements in the natural gas infrastructure, experts say that half of the nation's economy from the Northeast to the Midwest will be under severe stress. Without adequate gas supplies, energy-intensive industries would be unable to remain open and the electrical-power-generating industry would suffer significantly. Thousands of working people could lose their jobs. Local economies, especially here in Appalachia, would suffer. 
These simple but glaringly obvious facts seem to be ignored by those who object to new pipelines that would carry gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales to New York state and New England or to markets in the South and Midwest. Impeding pipeline construction, no matter the consequences, just does not make sense.
Click right here to read the entire op-ed.

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