WV/OH Senators Intro Bill to Study Appalachian Ethane Storage Hub

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito

Both West Virginia U.S. Senators, Shelley Moore Capito (Republican) and Joe Manchin (Democrat), along with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, have introduced and co-sponsored a bill to study if and how an ethane storage hub can be constructed in the Marcellus/Utica region. According to Brian Anderson, director of WVU’s Energy Institute, without ethane storage (and pipelines) the Marcellus/Utica region risks seeing its abundant ethane leave the area, mostly heading to the Gulf Coast. We need that ethane here, in our area. Others have also taken up the cause, making the point that West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky need to band together to build such a project (see WV, OH, PA, KY Should Cooperate on $10B NGL Storage Hub). You mean, set aside competition between states and cooperate? Yes! Why? Such a project will cost an estimated $10 billion–far more than a single ethane cracker project. No one state can do it on its own. And that’s where this new bill comes in. The bill proposes a study be done by the Departments of Energy and Commerce within the next two years to analyze potential locations based on favorable geology, the economic feasibility and benefits of the project, infrastructure, and proximity to production sites and potential industrial consumers…

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