Pipeline developers push to overcome opposition to projects that would carry Pa. gas

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Pipeline developers and their allies have to do a better job of building support for Pennsylvania-based infrastructure projects facing opposition across the region, speakers at an industry conference said on Thursday.

One option raised at the annual Midstream PA conference is to convince more people of the collective value of natural gas development, whether it generates power in Pennsylvania or is used to make plastics in Europe.

Another option is to make a fuss about their opponents’ contradictions.

“I am actually contemplating filing a bill which would prohibit the transportation into New York of any gas that’s produced by fracking,” said state Sen. Gene Yaw, a Lycoming County Republican who leads his chamber’s energy committee. New York has banned high-volume hydraulic fracturing and its environmental regulators have blocked a major natural gas pipeline originating in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Mr. Yaw said later that he is not completely serious about the idea, because he does not want to be seen as wasting the legislature’s time, but his riposte got the heartiest applause of the day.

Speakers at the conference repeatedly described opposition to pipeline projects as delaying development of infrastructure that the industry views as vital to creating new markets for natural gas and its related liquids, which will in turn spur higher prices and new drilling.

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