For Immediate Release
July 7, 2020
HARRISBURG - PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement after the announcement that Dominion and Duke Energy have cancelled the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project:
“This news is unfortunately another example of how difficult it has become to build the necessary infrastructure to power a 21st century economy in this country. Now, more than ever, state and federal lawmakers must enact and support reforms that will encourage infrastructure development in the United States. Unfortunately, as the reaction to this news from some environmental groups shows, there is a small but vocal group of voices who are pleased to see the cancellation of a project that would have employed thousands of Americans at time when economic growth is needed more than ever – and that would have supported energy jobs in the Appalachian region, lowered energy bills for businesses and manufacturers in the mid-Atlantic, and reduced emissions as well. Further, given that oil and gas feedstocks are crucial components of the materials needed to manufacture personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals and front line workers, the celebrating by environmental groups over this decision is extremely cynical.”
“While we respect the decision of the project sponsors, we vehemently oppose the kitchen-sink tactics deployed by obstructionists to block construction of major projects in this country. It bears reminding that similar obstruction to infrastructure development in the Northeast led to New England importing Russian gas, despite nearby Pennsylvania boasting some of the most prolific gas wells in the world. At the same time, as intelligence and Congressional reports have noted, Russia has sown discord on social media to disparage domestic energy development, and has funded activism in an attempt to erode support for projects like this.”
“Congress has not meaningfully amended statutes governing the construction of energy infrastructure in decades, making it harder each year to build large projects. If we want to position our nation for long-term energy security and economic growth in the 21st century – which rely on building new electric and gas infrastructure -- we need to get serious about reforming the way infrastructure gets permitted and built.”
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