Philly Energy Hub Plan – Not Dead Yet

not-dead-yetEarlier this week MDN reported that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf helped kill a plan by Philadelphia Energy Solutions to expand its shale oil refinery in Philly by denying a lease on 200 acres at the Southport Marine site (see PA Gov Wolf Kills Plan for PES Refinery Expansion in Philadelphia). As we noted, the PES plan to expand its refinery facilities was one of the key elements of a plan to turn Philly into an “energy hub” in the northeast–perhaps one day rivaling Houston, TX. However, even though the PES plan is now dead, the dream of turning Philly into an energy hub is far from dead. At least it’s not according to Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. Wonderling recently published an editorial touting the economic benefits of Marcellus Shale and how Marcellus gas is already creating new jobs and opportunities in the Philly area. He calls on those who want to see Philly’s manufacturing and jobs picture improve by leveraging Marcellus gas to join him in “picking some stones” to help Philly achieve its dream…

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