Katelyn Armbruster: Pipeline Regulation

There are serious implications behind rapid development of pipeline infrastructure when the pipeline regulatory framework is, a majority of the times, in the hands of one agency. This paper will discuss the current situation of pipelines in Pennsylvania and how many more miles of pipelines are expected. I will discuss how pipeline infrastructure in the state is lagging behind and how pressure on the state to get gas to markets means a responsible and strong regulatory framework is needed. The questions being considered are who exactly is responsible for making sure the public and the environment are safe from pipeline accidents and who has the influence to hinder pipeline development. A closer look into the PennEast pipeline will highlight how government agencies and public opinion are influencing this pipeline’s approval.