On Tuesday, August 16, Rob Wonderling, President & CEO of The Chamber of Commerce, presented testimony before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in support of developing the PennEast Pipeline as a key economic driver for the region. The FERC is collecting public comments at six sessions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on its draft environmental-impact statement concerning the pipeline development.
Read the full testimony below:
Comments of Rob Wonderling
President & CEO, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Before the Federal Energy Resource Committee – Draft EIS Public Comment Session
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Routes 202 & 263
I am Rob Wonderling, President and CEO of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. The Chamber represents 4,000 member companies who employ more than 175,000 men and women across the Greater Philadelphia region, an 11-county, tri-state region comprised of counties within southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Delaware. I am here today to voice my support for the PennEast Pipeline project and share with you key information on how pipeline infrastructure from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays are key economic drivers for the Greater Philadelphia region and the United States.
Two years ago, members of the Chamber, CEO Council for Growth and Select Greater Philadelphia assembled a multi-industry energy consortium of 90+ business, public sector, labor and academic leaders –the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team (GPEAT). The group, commonly known as GPEAT, works to establish the Greater Philadelphia region as an energy hub to stimulate manufacturing and economic development by building awareness, influencing policy makers, and facilitating the development of energy assets. Several of the companies active in GPEAT are partners on the Penn East Pipeline, including UGI Ene