Philadelphia Group Attempts to Make City a “Energy Hub”

Photo by Dave Z

Photo by Dave Z

The Philadelphia Energy Action Team announced plans on Wednesday to double the volume of natural gas being used by Southeastern Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware, and Southern New Jersey.

The group is seeking to rejuvenate the area’s economy by tapping into methane, butane, and other gases found in the Marcellus Shale.

In a statement, the group acknowledges the challenges it will face, like an inadequate infrastructure to move the gas into the region. Pipeline construction already has faced resistance throughout the Commonwealth.

Environmental protection groups such as Green Justice Philly have been born from the shale industry, and now oppose Philadelphia becoming an energy hub. Green Justice Philly worries the project cannot add to the Delaware Valley’s long-term well-being.

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