The bitter cold weather experienced in Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast last week tested the electric grids and supplies to consumers. Despite record natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale Region gas generated electric plants struggled to stay on line due to natural gas shortages. Additionally, due to complex market factors, the price of natural gas skyrocketed during the cold spell. Although no blackouts occurred, many utilities issued conservation warnings to their customers. Now in the aftermath of the polar vortex natural gas experts are looking to pipeline shortages as the primary culprit of the natural gas shortage. There is plenty of natural gas available at well heads throughout Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the gathering pipeline system needed to move the gas is just being built. It will take years to develop a pipeline system capable of handling the volume of natural gas produced. Plans are on the books and pipeline construction is progressing at a record pace.
Meanwhile the DLP Truck Accident Trial Team is busy handling cold snap related truck accidents on behalf of injured clients. DLP recently settled a natural gas industry related trucking case in Susquehanna County for $14 million. Although every case is different, DLP Lawyers have the resources to fight even the biggest companies. Remember–Injury?? CALL DLP!!}
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