McKinley: Invest in Energy Infrastructure to Create New Jobs

McKinley: Invest in Energy Infrastructure to Create New Jobs

Washington, D.C.–Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) introduced legislation to examine the feasibility and economic benefits of an Appalachian ethane storage hub.  

“Investing in our energy infrastructure will help grow our economy and spark a manufacturing renaissance. In particular, the development of an ethanestorage and distribution hub in West Virginia and neighboring states will create thousands of good-paying jobs, attract new private investment, and bringbillions of dollars in new revenue to the region,” McKinley said.

“West Virginia has a tremendous amount of untapped resources and the legislation we introduced today is an important step towards unleashing our economic potential. This should be a priority so that America can reclaim the mantle of leadership in energy production on the world stage,” said McKinley.


The Appalachian Ethane Storage Hub Study Act of 2017 directs the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Commerce, to conduct a feasibility study of establishing subterranean ethane storage and distribution hub in the Marcellus, Utica, and Rogersville shale plays in West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

The study would include an analysis of potential locations based on favorable geology, the economic feasibility and benefits of the project, infrastructure, and proximity to production sites and potential industrial consumers. The study would be completed within two years of enactment of the Appalachian Ethane Storage Hub Study Act.

The concept was initially brought to our attention several years ago by constituent stakeholders involved in the natural gas and chemical industries in the region.

This legislation is co-sponsored by Congressmen Evan Jenkins (WV), Alex Mooney (WV), Tim Murphy (PA), Bill Johnson (OH).  Similar legislation was passed out of the House on two previous occasions. To read more about this project, click here.

Congressman McKinley also led a letter to the White House National Economic Council regarding this matter.  The letter was sent today and can be found here.