(The Center Square) — Pennsylvania’s influence on national and global energy markets has grown in recent decades, but oil and natural gas advocates warn that could change.
The American Petroleum Institute’s annual State of American Energy address focused on production, national security, and improving infrastructure.
“We produce more energy than any country in the world,” API President and CEO Mike Sommers said. “This benefits our economy, our national security and is our insurance in a volatile time. This is our American energy advantage. It didn’t happen overnight, and it can’t be sustained without the right policies from Washington.”
In Pennsylvania, the industry has also argued that they need the right policies from Harrisburg. Long-running complaints have centered on the trouble with getting permits — not just for drilling on state-controlled lands, but also to build out pipeline capacity. Capacity may explain why Texas and Louisiana have continued to increase natural gas