Pipeline construction with welder

Harrisburg, PAConsumer Energy Alliance (CEA) Mid-Atlantic Executive Director Mike Butler today submitted testimony in support of the PennEast pipeline at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Permit Phase 1 Application Virtual Hearing.

“As a longtime supporter of the PennEast Project and the significant energy savings and benefits it would provide Pennsylvania families, communities and businesses, CEA requests DEP’s approval of the necessary permits to complete the project,” said Butler.

“Without the procedural roadblocks and needless delays preventing it from being built, the PennEast pipeline would have already provided roughly $1.6 billion in economic activity and could have saved customers over $1.3 billion in energy costs in just two winters. Instead of more delays, let’s say yes to environmentally responsible infrastructure for getting energy to consumers to power and heat their homes, save money and help to get our skilled tradespeople back to work during these times of economic hardship.”

“With the project backers committed to sound construction and operation processes to protect the environment with respect and care to landowners that are best-in-class, we believe this project deserves the outstanding DEP permits involved in today’s hearing.”

In his comments, Butler also shared the following data about specific benefits of the project for Pennsylvania and its skilled trades:

  • Economic Activity: $520 million
  • Jobs: 9,290
  • Labor Income: $540 million
  • State and Local Tax Revenue: $11.1 million
  • Energy Savings: $779 million