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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 18, 2019 04:17 PM
From: Senator Gene Yaw
To: All Senate members
Subject: Prohibiting the transportation and sale of Pennsylvania natural gas to states that impede pipeline development
In the near future, I plan to introduce a Resolution calling for a ban on the transportation and sale of any natural gas that is produced by fracking in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the states of New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

As lawmakers, we have an obligation to be aware of the competing interests that involve our state and the nation. New York, New Jersey and Maryland have worked to limit the expansion of pipelines, which curtails our ability to market Pennsylvania produced natural gas. In keeping with the wishes of those states to impede marketing, I intend to introduce a measure, which would prohibit the transportation and sale of any Pennsylvania natural gas that is produced by fracking to those states.

Under Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State has banned high-volume hydraulic fracturing, and its environmental regulators have blocked a major natural gas pipeline originating in northeastern Pennsylvania, which would provide much needed natural gas to the New England states. The result has forced those states to import LNG from Russia.

The actions of the New York Governor have, in essence, stalled infrastructure development that is vital to creating new markets for natural gas and its related liquids, not only in Pennsylvania but across the northeast and world. Further, the delay in infrastructure development is contributing to the large price disparity that is putting Pennsylvania gas producers at a disadvantage, while aiding our global natural gas competitors.

I hope you will join me in supporting this measure.