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Natural Gas Leaders Urge Faster Pipeline Development in Appalachia

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Last week during the Shale Insight Conference, two leaders within the industry called for faster development of natural gas pipelines in Appalachia. The natural gas boom offers affordable energy across the country, as long as the infrastructure is in place to transport it. In many areas across the country there remain substantial bottlenecks that prohibit residential and industrial users the benefits of access to natural gas. This is a problem Sara Ortwein, President of XTO Energy, says is affecting the Northeast and leading to energy prices far higher than national average. Both Ortwein and Chevron Appalachia President Stacey Olson highlighted the importance of pipeline construction in Appalachia during the conference last week. From the view of both industry investment and consumer access, expanding the pipeline to allow for greater movement of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica reserves is incredibly important. The comments also provide insight into conversations about the future of Appalachia following the downturn of the traditional industry of coal, which in addition to providing jobs also provided a low cost and plentiful energy source for the area.  

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