Natural Gas NOW
Fracking is going to make Pennsylvania shine again as a center of manufacturing and progress, due to the enormous potential of the Marcellus and Utica shale.
There is an amazing new study out — produced for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, no less — that uses hard data to illustrate what a bountiful future the Commonwealth has before it due to fracking. Titled Prospects to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing and filled with wonderful maps and charts, it is an independent report by IHS Markit. Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Team PA) commissioned the report “to identify and evaluate the opportunities for petrochemical and plastics manufacturing in Pennsylvania based on natural gas resources available in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.”
I didn’t think Tom Wolf had it in him, but the report is simply outstanding. It makes the case for infrastructure development like no one else has. Jim Willis was, as usual, the first to open the book and his take is available here at MDN. The report also has a nice Executive Summary but it’s probably a little lengthy for our busy readers, so I have distilled the basic facts down to bullet points for those eager to get to the good news faster and there’s plenty of it.