Although Pennsylvania has experienced a recent boom in natural gas production, many wells have no direct connection to the main infrastructure of pipelines.
The Wolf administration has created the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF), to oversee the fulfillment of the demand for connecting pipelines.
John Quigley, acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and chairman of the task force, said over the next 10 years, the state anticipates the construction of as many as 25,000 miles of gathering pipelines, which connect individual gas wells to a main pipeline.
“The industry needs to see this infrastructure developed to overcome low prices,” Quigley said. “There’s a lot of stranded gas in Pennsylvania, wells that have been drilled that aren’t connected to any infrastructure. So the industry is facing a big challenge to get their gas to markets.”