Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District is home to some of the most abundant natural gas and energy resources in the entire world. Thanks to home-grown energy resources produced in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, the United States is a net exporter of natural gas and is set to be a net exporter of energy. On top of that, our district has seen significant economic gains as a result of our energy resources. There are also significant national security benefits of the United States being able to supply its own energy and energy to our allies. That’s why it is incumbent upon lawmakers to continue to incentivize the growth of our home-grown energy industry, work with employers to build downstream businesses, and continue the great community partnerships seen across Pennsylvania.
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Danville/State College, Pa. -- This week, Congressman Fred Keller announced three grants which will be awarded to Lloyd Zimmerman and Son Farm in Danville and Penn State University for various enhancements.
Lloyd Zimmerman and Sons will receive a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant amounting to $600,000. The funds will be used to install solar panels on the roofs of the farm's dairy barns.
On the awarding of the grant, Congressman Fred Keller made the following statement:
Atop a small hill off a dirt road tucked inside a secure, fenced-in area, a vast system of pipes, valves, steel towers snake in and around several small nondescript metal buildings.
It is here, just north of Montoursville, where 92 million cubic feet of natural gas per day is compressed and dried.
“Our sole purpose here at the station is to bump up pressure of gas for sales to customers and to dry the gas,” Andrew Harvey, pipeline technician for Energy Transfer, said.
Harvey led a tour of the site on Thursday.
Tony Radoszewski, President and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), testified on July 7 at a Congress briefing titled, “Plastic Production, Pollution and Waste in the Time of COVID-19: The Life-Threatening Impact of Single-Use Plastic on Human Health.” Radoszewski refuted attacks on a material and an industry that have played a critical role in the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus.
House of Representatives Democrats have unveiled their plan to fight climate change.
“We are here today cause for far too long, the federal government had turned a blind eye to the impact of toxic pollution on the entire communities we are discussing today,” Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin said.
McEachin and other members of the House select committee on the climate crisis say their legislation combines climate solutions with economic growth, job creation and community development.
Congressman Fred Keller spoke with constituents on May 21 through a tele-townhall with special guest Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman.
The elected officials covered responses to the COVID-19 pandemic on the federal and state levels, as well as plans to reopen Pennsylvania’s economy.
“During this time, people across Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District have stood up to support one another,” Keller said. “...Most of all, we have seen the robust American spirit that will never be overcome by any adversity, including a global pandemic.”
Even though presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden doesn't want to ban hydraulic fracturing, the debate could still haunt him in the natural gas-heavy state of Pennsylvania.
The gas industry, unions and their supporters had warned Democrats against nominating either Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont or Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who want to ban fracking nationwide.
Strategists also feared doing so would put Pennsylvania out of reach for the party, risking a major swing state and its valuable electoral votes.
Officials from the Pennsylvania natural gas industry and lawmakers met virtually Tuesday for their Think About Energy forum. Both sides shared concerns the coronavirus could negatively impact Pennsylvania’s energy sector, but remain optimistic about the natural gas industry.
Pennsylvania Republican Reps. Glenn Thompson, Fred Keller, and Guy Reschenthaler were among the guests on the panel.
Pennsylvania ranks second in the United States in natural gas production, trailing only Texas, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
"No more, no new fracking."
Those five words spoken by former Vice President Joe Biden during Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate brought on renewed attacks against him from the left -- namely Bernie Sanders endorser Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. -- as well as from the right.
And the pushback on the primary front-runner's fracking statement was particularly stiff in his natural gas–reliant home state of Pennsylvania.