Snyder applauds confirmation of PUC nominee from Greene County

Washington Township farmer nominated by governor, OK’d by Senate

HARRISBURG, Sept. 30 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, praised the state Senate’s confirmation today of Greene County resident Andrew Place to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

“Andrew Place’s impressive talents and experience will serve Pennsylvania well,” said Snyder, Democratic secretary of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, which oversees the PUC. “He brings an outstanding mix of energy know-how and environmental savvy to the table -- qualities that I salute Governor Tom Wolf and the Senate for recognizing.”

Snyder said Place’s experience as an energy executive involved in Marcellus shale natural gas development and in state government dealing with energy and technology development make him an ideal PUC commissioner.

“As a fellow farmer in Greene County, Andrew has experience dealing with energy and environmental matters on a personal level,” Snyder said. “His hands-on experience is burnished by his record at the EQT Corp., the state Department of Environmental Protection and his degrees from the universities of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon.

“He is the right person for the job at precisely the right time.”

Place replaces Jim Cawley on the commission, which oversees natural gas utilities, pipeline safety and inspection and administers Pennsylvania’s impact fee, the levy gas producers pay on new natural gas wells. Cawley’s five-year term expired in April.