MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today convened a roundtable discussion featuring U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to illustrate the economic benefits of increasing energy infrastructure in West Virginia. The discussion, which included other members of the West Virginia delegation and various local stakeholders, focused on how establishing a regional ethane storage and transportation hub would help drive economic growth and maximize the country's energy potential.

“In the past ten years, the fracking revolution has unlocked access to trillions upon trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and their associated liquids in Appalachia from the Utica and Marcellus shales. The next chapter of that story of prosperity can be written by our success in developing an ethane storage hub in Appalachia.  Our region is ideally situated to take advantage of the resources beneath our feet.  We have a skilled workforce eager for new opportunities, and a long legacy of expertise in the chemical and manufacturing industries, supported by our research universities like WVU,” Senator Capito said.

Yesterday, Secretary Perry joined Senator Capito and others in Monongalia County to tour Longview Power and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

In May, Senator Capito introduced the Appalachia Ethane Storage Hub Study Act of 2017 to help inform the efforts to maximize America’s domestic energy and manufacturing potential. Click here for a one-page summary of the bill. 

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