BELLEFONTE, Pa. — With the continuing growth of the Marcellus Shale industry across the commonwealth and in Centre County, the push continues to try to share the natural gas resources found in the area. But a major hurdle in getting the gas out of the region and putting it to use in the area is a strong pipeline network.
Experts have said the natural gas reserves found below the area could last for decades, but most of the gas being extracted is being pumped out of the region and leaders are hoping a new pipeline in northern Centre County and other interconnects to current pipelines will help fuel the Centre region.
Susan Hannegan with the Centre County Planning Office said she is in touch with what is going on in the natural gas industry and where there is growth in the northeast and southwest areas of the country.
“The volume of gas coming out of those is so great that they’re going to explore and build out the production in those areas,” Hannegan said. “We also in Centre County lack the pipeline infrastructure to have all of our wells into production.”