|March 7, 2022 02:16 PM
|Representative Martina A. White
|All House members
|Taskforce on Exporting LNG from Philadelphia – Decreasing Reliance on Russian Energy
|Because of Russia’s recent unprovoked invasion into the Ukraine it is clear the world needs to become less reliant on Russia for its energy needs. Europe in particular imports a great deal of the oil and gas that it needs from Russia, which has made it more difficult for those countries to impose sanctions on Russia to attempt to punish and dissuade Putin from further hostility.
Pennsylvania, however, has the resources to help rectify this situation. In particular, as a state with both an abundant supply of natural gas and a port in Philadelphia, we are perfectly positioned to become a leader in exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to supply the energy needs of our allies around the world.
To that end, my legislation will create a taskforce to study how to make this happen and what obstacles are currently preventing Philadelphia from becoming a leader in exporting LNG. The taskforce will be charged with creating a report and recommendations to be presented to the General Assembly and the Administration including any actions that should be taken to facilitate this. The taskforce will be made up of people representing the General Assembly, natural gas industry, Philadelphia building trades, and PhilaPort.
Please join me in sponsoring this critical and timely legislation.
Introduced as HB2458