Leading experts, consumer groups, elected officials, and others focused on ensuring that Pennsylvanians continue to realize the full benefits tied to America’s ongoing energy revolution continue to speak out about this common sense, market-driven proposal.

Buckeye Partners Executive Vice President Robert Malecky:

“The folks in Pittsburgh are going to want to bring [refined fuel products] from the Midwest. If they want to bring it from the East, we can and will move it.” (Allentown Morning Call, 7/20/18)

“We really see this as a great opportunity to have your cake and eat it too. We’ll continue service for the Philadelphia refiners, while introducing a competitively priced Midwest American-made fuel into Altoona, a market that really doesn’t have it.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/20/18)

Here’s what others are saying about this market-driven proposal that will benefit Pennsylvania consumers.

Bloomberg Opinion energy columnist Liam Denning:

The Chicago area is increasingly producing surplus gasoline, says Zachary Rogers, a refining and oil products analyst at Wood Mackenzie. He points to an increasing volume of gasoline seeking an exit out of the Midwest to East Coast markets as evidence of this. … Gasoline “exports” from the Midwest to East Coast markets have picked up over the past few years. (Bloomberg Opinion, 7/23/18)

This common sense “proposal has received the support of civic and elected leaders, small businesses, trade unions and free-market analysts,” as the Washington Observer-Reporter has reported.

Bi-directional service on Laurel “would offer a win-win situation for Midwest and East Coast refiners and shippers.” (OPIS, 5/22/18)

Sens. Camera Bartolotta, Guy Reschenthaler, Elder Vogel & Kim Ward:

“We – along with many colleagues in the General Assembly – firmly believe that the PUC’s approval of this market-driven project will benefit Pennsylvania consumers and our economy by expanding access to more affordable fuels.” (PUC letter, 3/2/18)

“The project will also boost our region’s and the nation’s security by utilizing more energy sources and fuels produced and manufactured here at home, rather than continuing to rely on overseas imports.” (Beaver County Times, 3/12/18 and Tribune-Review, 3/10/18)

Jim Rodgers, Dawood Engineering:

“We’re proud to work with those who are finding ways to move more affordable supplies of energy to communities and families. The Laurel Pipeline reversal is an improvement to existing infrastructure that will benefit all Pennsylvanians with more competitive pricing at the pump. It just makes sense.” (PennLive, 3/3/18)

James T. Kunz Jr., International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66:

“Partially reversing Laurel Pipe Line’s flow is a simple solution that puts working families first by enhancing local market competition and driving down costs at the pump. This proposal is a win for consumers and for energy security as our members and Pennsylvania families further benefit from affordable, abundant energy produced safely at home.” (PUC letter, 2/19/18)

Steven Ohl, Better Home Heat Council of the Lehigh Valley:

“If supply goes up, and demand remains the same, price has to go down.” … Ohl also argues in a letter to the PUC that the pipeline flow would ensure a more reliable supply of petroleum products and will bolster oil-heat dealers’ ability to compete on price, which in turn, will bring more affordable prices to consumers. (Morning Call, 1/26/18)

Reps. Jim Christiana & Gary Day:

“Greater supply of lower-cost fuel will push prices down for consumers and increase competition while further reducing our need to rely on overseas oil imports. This project will allow the overwhelmingly positive benefits of our energy revolution to reach more Pennsylvania communities while providing meaningful savings to hard-working families.” (PennLive, 1/5/18)

David MacGregor, principal, Post & Schell:

“The people who are going to lose sales as a result of this are the foreign importers who are bringing in the barrels from overseas. … I don’t see how it is good public policy to deny Pennsylvania consumers hundreds of millions of dollars savings in reduced gasoline prices to protect the refineries’ profits.” (Pa. Senate Majority Policy Committee, 12/12/17)

Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. (Beaver Co.):

“I’m definitely in favor of using more of our own oil to supply our country. We don’t need to be supplying Venezuela and the Middle East countries of the world with our money anymore. We can keep it here in the country and support good jobs in America.” (Pa. Senate Majority Policy Committee, 12/12/17)

Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (Allegheny Co.):

“You really got my interest about reducing the need for foreign oil. As a veteran that’s really important to me, that’s my number one priority with any energy policy.” (Pa. Senate Majority Policy Committee, 12/12/17)

Top U.S. EIA economist:

Refiners in the middle of the U.S. were pumping out fuel at a record pace, according to Mason Hamilton, an analyst with the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “The Midwest is running at bonkers levels,” Hamilton said by phone from Washington. (Bloomberg News, 12/12/17)

Energy analyst David Blackmon:

Energy policies – in Washington and in states, including Pennsylvania – should put American consumers first, not special interests and corporate rent-seekers. Letting Laurel move forward with its proposed flow reversal is a no-brainer for good energy policy, because it’s a business decision driven by the markets, not by regulators.” (Forbes, 12/10/17)

Rep. Gary Day (Lehigh Co.):

“I believe that this directional change in flow would increase access for Pennsylvania customers to lower-cost, domestically extracted fuels. … To adopt a policy that impedes a business from making market-driven decisions would not be wise for the Pennsylvania economy.” (PUC letter, 11/17/17)

Rep. Ryan Mackenize and seven fellow lawmakers:

“The current market forces are driving a need to reverse flow on the line for greater quantities of lower-cost, domestic fuel from American refineries that can reach more consumers, small businesses, and manufactures in the Commonwealth. Enabling market efficiencies benefits all Pennsylvanians. The new supplies are the product of America’s energy revolution which has unlocked opportunities to make our nation more secure and energy independent.” (PUC letter, 9/27/17)

Doug Morgan of SunnySide Supply:

“This is just one more example of how America’s energy revolution continues to help consumers, our local economy and our national security. Expanding access to more affordable energy helps small businesses, and families alike, make ends meet.” (Beaver County Times, 11/3/17)

Former Allegheny Co. chief executive Jim Roddey:

This simple change in direction would result in a big win for consumers across the entire commonwealth as they benefit from more low-cost, secure, domestic fuel. … Those who would seek to block that fuel from getting to more Pennsylvanians are trying to hold on to the status quo, clinging to business models that generated profits in the past. Looking to the past, though, instead of the future, does not foster progress.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/8/17)

Energy Products Co. president Duncan Sinclair Neilson:

Allowing the pipeline to flow eastward to Altoona would bring great benefits to consumers in our state as more of the Midwest refiners’ North American-sourced fuels would be available in Western Pennsylvania. … It’s clear to me as both a consumer and business supplier that this proposal is a market-driven solution and is ripe for approval.” (Washington Observer-Reporter, 6/8/17)

Beaver Co.’s State Leaders Jim Christiana, Elder Vogel & Jim Marshall:

The legislators cited “the tremendous consumer benefits it would bring to our constituents and all Pennsylvanians.” They also said that “clear market forces” are making the flow reversal necessary “so that greater quantities of lower-cost domestic fuel from American refineries can safely reach more consumers, small businesses and manufacturers in the commonwealth.” … “These new supplies are the product of America’s energy revolution, which has unlocked opportunities to make our nation more secure and energy independent,” the legislators’ letter said. “It’s critical that we embrace this newfound domestic energy abundance and make certain that all Pennsylvanians continue to benefit from it.” (Beaver Co. Times, 9/28/17)

Former EPA assistant administrator J. Winston Porter:

By allowing the reversal of flow on the Pittsburgh-to-Altoona portion of the Laurel Pipeline, Pennsylvania has the opportunity to access more lower-cost Midwest gasoline. With that increased supply, and steady demand, simple economics tell us that prices should fall. … Here again the market is signaling the need to respond to supply and demand shifts that will benefit consumers while also enhancing domestic energy security. Put simply, when markets are empowered to work freely and efficiently, consumers win.” (PennLive, 5/30/17)

KBC Advanced Technologies chief economist Mark Routt:

The Midwest is well positioned to supply its region and parts of southern Canada, and will even have excess supplies to send to the East Coast. It’s in a good spot.” (Reuters, 10/23/17)

Rep. Mark Mustio (Allegheny Co.):

“Expanding consumer access to growing supplies of low-cost, domestically sourced fuel should be a top priority and shared goal among elected leaders and regulators aimed at making certain that Pennsylvanians continue to fully benefit from America’s ongoing energy revolution. … More reliable, secure and lower-cost fuel supplies are increasingly originating in the Midwest. Reversing a portion of the Laurel Pipe Line will deliver more of that fuel to consumers in western and central Pennsylvania.” (PUC letter, 10/16/17)

Buckeye Partners senior vice president Bill Hollis:

The abundant supplies of crude oil now being produced in North America, combined with significant investments by Midwest refiners, are providing consumers to our west with more low-cost, secure, domestically manufactured fuels. Buckeye Partners is working to ensure that Pennsylvanians can share in the benefits of this lower-cost fuel. … Our project is good for America and good for Western Pennsylvanians.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 8/21/17)

American Enterprise Institute scholar Mark J. Perry, Ph.D.:

Some East Coast refineries that rely heavily on imported crude are struggling to evolve and compete in this modern era, despite proximity to New York and other markets – and despite having received handsome taxpayer handouts. So they and some of their customers want government to block a proposal by the owners of the Laurel Pipe Line to reverse flow around Pittsburgh and allow more Midwest-sourced fuel into the state. Some of these refiners are actively sending their products abroad. While that’s a good thing, it demonstrates their ‘do as I say, not as I do’ approach.” (U.S. News & World Report, 5/24/17)

H.B. Steele & Son Inc.’s Kevin Steele:

This project will make more lower-cost Midwestern refined products accessible to both residential and commercial Pennsylvania consumers. Ultimately, this will cause motor fuels and heating fuels to be more affordable. My family has been proudly serving Southern Schuylkill and Northern Berks counties since 1947. It’s extremely important to us that we offer our customers the most competitive prices for the highest quality product. The reversal of the pipeline will allow us to uphold this principle. (Pa. PUC Testimony, 5/16/17)

Allegheny Institute for Public Policy:

“Given that East Coast refiners are supplying only a fraction of the transport fuels western and central Pa. markets are using, with the rest provided by pipelines from the North and West, the objections to the flow reversal appear to be of very limited or no merit. … Thus, the refinery objections should not be a determining factor in the PUC’s decision. Allowing reversal of the Laurel Pipeline would in effect be forcing East Coast refineries to become more cost competitive. A good thing for everyone in the long run. (Allegheny Institute, 6/7/17)

Delaware Valley Fuel Dealers’ Association exec. vice president Doug Woosnam:

“The approval could also help dealers offer even more competitive pricing for their customers by providing another supply source of oil heat for homes and businesses in the west and in our region. We expect that by having an additional source of price-advantaged products from Midwestern refineries that heating and motor fuels should be more affordable for our consumers, whether they’re using the fuel for their homes, businesses, or vehicles. The commission’s approval of this request would help ensure Pennsylvanians can benefit from North American-sourced energy and fuels for years to come.” (Pa. PUC Testimony, 5/16/17)

Rep. Eric Nelson (Westmoreland Co.):

Rep. Eric Nelson said he believes a company should be allowed to do what it sees as a good business decision. “The government shouldn’t be restricting the business.… That results in higher prices for our residents. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 5/12/17)

Buckeye’s Bill Hollis:

It’s with an eye to the future made brighter by the ongoing and historic American energy revolution that Buckeye is pursuing this critical project that will benefit Pennsylvania consumers and further strengthen our nation’s energy security. We’re committed to delivering on the opportunity that low-cost, secure fuel brings, and to doing our part to see that Pennsylvanians benefit from it.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/16/17)

Martin Oil Co. chairman Thomas Martin:

“It would be a great benefit to my company and the United States of America…. We are at a distinct price disadvantage most of the time in Central Pennsylvania because we are forced to buy product that comes from the east and we don’t have the advantage of product that comes from the west. (Pa. PUC testimony, 5/16/17)

OPIS global head of energy analysis Tom Kloza:

[Midwest refiners] are producing more fuel at lower cost than many big East Coast refiners that rely upon light crudes imported from Africa or the North Seas, said Tom Kloza. ‘[From] the standpoint of pure economics, the upper Midwest refineries are very advantaged.’” (Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/29/17)

Marathon Petroleum senior vice president Mike Palmer:

“Reversal of the Laurel Pipeline would have an expected result of attracting more Midwest products to the Western Pennsylvania. This should increase utilization of domestic U.S. refining capacity and reduce dependence on foreign gasoline imports. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 5/12/17)

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