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Upcoming Public Meetings Aim To Answer Questions About Shell’s Ethane Cracker

Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania

An antique Shell gasoline pump at an Ohio oil and gas museum

Want to know more about what a major chemical processing plant would mean for Beaver County? A western Pennsylvania economic development group is holding two informational sessions, aimed at answering questions about the ethane cracker Shell is considering building near Monaca.

The cracker would convert the ethane found in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation into ethylene, which is used to produce plastics.

Governor Corbett hopes the plant could create more than 10,000 jobs, but as StateImpact Pennsylvania has reported, only about 500 of those positions would come from the plant itself. We also published a report this week looking at the cracker’s pollution potential.

The Tribune-Review has more on the upcoming meetings, which will include representatives from Shell. The first session is scheduled for August 15.

Residents around the site of a proposed petrochemical plant near Monaca can raise concerns and learn more about the facility during two community sessions this month.

Beaver County officials and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, a regional economic development organization, will offer their take on the operations and impact of the proposed Shell Chemical petrochemical facility.

“We want folks to come out and hear about the scope of the project and raise any questions,” said Catherine DeLoughry, spokeswoman for PRA.

The sessions will be the first in a series that organizers say are meant to educate the public about the plant’s operation and economic impact.

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