Thompson, State Rep. Marty Causer, Reinforce Importance of Oil and Natural Gas Production to Rural Pennsylvania

April 13, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5), a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee, welcomed Pennsylvania State Rep. Marty Causer (PA-67th Legislative District) to Capitol Hill for a committee hearing focused on the importance of the oil and natural gas industry, especially in rural areas.

“Not only does Rep. Causer’s district include the oldest continuously operating oil refinery in the nation, located in Bradford, but it also has an economy which has benefited from energy production since Colonel Drake’s Well in 1859,” Thompson said.  “Rep. Causer’s perspective was vital to today’s hearing in helping our members learn more about the challenges the industry is facing, along with its importance to our rural communities.”

Causer, who is chairman of the Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, focused on the benefits the industry has created for landowners, while also detailing the struggles low natural gas prices have brought to employers and rural communities.  He also detailed the possibility of future development, either through the construction of natural gas pipelines or power plants.

“This is an industry which not only provides energy for our nation and the world, but petroleum is also used in countless products we use every day,” Causer said.  “Through reasonable and responsible regulations, we can help preserve this industry for our future generations.” 

To watch an archived webcast of the hearing, click here.