Apr. 13, 2022

HARRISBURG—Legislation sponsored by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) to create a task force to study how to make Philadelphia a leader in exporting Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) to the international markets passed the House on Wednesday.

“Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine makes it clear that the world has become too reliant on Russia for its energy needs,” White said. “Europe, in particular, is heavily dependent upon Russia for its oil and gas. In 2021, two-fifths of the gas Europeans used came from Russia, which makes it more difficult for those countries to impose sanctions on Russia as punishment for President Vladimir Putin’s murderous behavior and to dissuade him from further hostility. But Pennsylvania can make a tremendous difference.”

House Bill 2458 would create a task force made up of members of the General Assembly, the natural gas industry, Philadelphia building trades, and PhilaPort that would study the economic feasibility, financial impact and the security necessities involved in making the Port of Philly an LNG export terminal.

It would also study the best way to create a port in Philadelphia and how to overcome the obstacles currently preventing Philadelphia from becoming a leader in exporting liquefied natural gas and report its recommendations to the General Assembly and the administration.

The bill moves to the Senate for a vote.

Representative Martina White
170th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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