Testimony at hearing will focus on infrastructure needs to support growing natural gas productionWASHINGTON, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) will testify at today's Congressional field hearing in Fairmont, West Virginia, to discuss the role that shale gas plays in the renewed growth of American manufacturing, and the future transportation needs to support the continued expansion of natural gas production. Owen Kean, Senior Director for Energy Policy at ACC, will join state officials and West Virginia business leaders at the field hearing hosted by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, chair of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. "The shale gas found in the western Pennsylvania and West Virginia portions of the Marcellus shale contain some of the most ethane-rich shale gas deposits found anywhere in the country," Kean said. "Regulations and policies around natural gas production and infrastructure development will ultimately determine whether shale gas becomes the 'game changer' everyone hopes for, generating economic growth and new jobs and revitalizing U.S. manufacturing." Abundant, affordable supplies of shale gas are helping to lower feedstock costs for the chemical industry and create thousands of manufacturing jobs across the nation, making the U.S. more competitive and energy secure. ACC projects that a 25 percent boost in ethane supplies could generate 400,000 U.S. jobs, $132 billion in U.S. economic output and $4.4 billion in local, state and federal tax revenue every year. Kean stressed the importance of building adequate infrastructure to separate ethane and other liquids from the gas supply, ship it to markets, and develop adequate capacity to store it before use. He noted that businesses are moving quickly to bring ethane infrastructure to the Marcellus region that will likely see ethane moving to market by the end of next year.