The reason we bring these questions up is because state representative Scott Petri (R) in Pennsylvania thinks that putting "gas transmission pipelines" right next to the Pennsylvania Turnpike is a good idea. In fact, according to the The Times-Tribune, Petri said locating a pipeline by the highway benefits both the environment and state's balance sheet. He was introducing legislation to allow the turnpike commission authority to charge gas and oil companies a fee to place pipelines alongside the highway 80 and 79. "There's no reason to destroy environmentally sensitive areas when you have the turnpike," he said.
About a half-dozen new pipelines will likely be needed in Pennsylvania to help move the fossil fuel from the Marcellus Shale to ports on the Atlantic seaboard. Some of the land needed for these pipes is private land that is already being cleared, and using land by the turnpike could reduce the need to destroy more maple syrup farms.