The Local Natural Gas Benefits of Local Natural Gas

Madison Weaver
Cabot Oil & Gas
External Affairs Intern, Pittsburgh

Natural gas benefits are many to the environment, our energy security and the economies of both rural and urban areas, but local benefits stand out bigly.

Oil and natural gas production doesn’t happen in a bubble; aside from creating new jobs, natural gas production also provides new opportunities for local, established businesses.

We’re spotlighting a video showing how Susquehanna County, where Cabot has been operating for more than ten years, communities and businesses have benefited from the local production of natural gas.

Natural gas production can be a game changer for businesses who have the potential to fuel operations with natural gas, especially when it is locally sourced.

Pennsy Supply, a manufacturer of construction materials like aggregate, sand, asphalt, and concrete, has operated in north and central Pennsylvania for more than 90 years. Pennsy Supply knew could find long term benefits from running their asphalt plant on natural gas, and became “the first commercial user of natural gas in the Marcellus play.”

Kane Is Able’s freight lanes have begun running trucks on compressed natural gas (CNG) rather than expensive and emission-heavy diesel. “Pennsylvania has done great, great work over the years to develop the gas” Alex Stark of Kane is Able said, “and hopefully we’ll be on a path of sustainability for our country for years to come.”

UGI Utilities began running an old coal burning plant on natural gas in 2011, which increased capabilities while reducing emissions.

Check out this video to learn more about how local business benefit directly from the use of locally sourced natural gas in their everyday operations.

Recent Opportunities 

Lackawanna Energy Center

In January 2019, Invenergy announced commercial operations at Cabot-fueled Lackawanna Energy Center has begun. The 1,485-megawatt natural gas combined-cycle electric generation facility has the capacity to power more than 1 million American homes and will generate more than $50 million in revenue for its host community, the Borough of Jessup, Pennsylvania, over the life of the project. Thirty full-time operations positions were created in addition to the project provided jobs for over 1,200 workers at peak construction.

Tunkhannock Gasification

Back in October 2018, the UGI held a Get Gas Groundbreaking event, which is designed to provide natural gas to residential homes and small businesses that currently do not have access to service. This project is part of a five-year, $75 million pilot program. In January, the pipeline was “over halfway completed,” according to UGI Director of Business Development Don Brominski.

Reposted, with permission, from Well Said Cabot.

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