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Chamber Supports Expansion of Pipeline Infrastructure

The Chamber recently testified at a regulatory hearing in support of a project that would expand the natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the Northeast. Williams’ Regional Energy Access project would provide greater access by the 2024 winter heating season. The project is designed to increase natural gas transportation capacity by up to 829,000 dekatherms per day. Unlike other greenfield pipeline proposals, Regional Energy Access maximizes the use of existing energy infrastructure.

Specific upgrades would include:

  • A new electric motor-driven compressor facility in Gloucester County, NJ
  • 22.3 mile, 30-inch pipe lateral in Luzerne County, PA
  • 13.8 mile, 42-inch pipe loop in Monroe County, PA
  • Modifications to existing compressor facilities

Williams projects that construction will generate 295 million dollars in labor compensation and $357 million in GPD contribution. Approximately 6,396 local union jobs will be supported. Regional Energy Access will inject an expected $17 million in state tax revenue and over $6.6 million in local tax revenue.

Additional information on the Regional Energy Access project is available at https://www.williams.com/expansion-project/regional-energy-access/.