On Tuesday, Shell said it was keeping the site open while working to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus. On Wednesday, it said suspending construction was in the “best long-term interest of our workforce, nearby townships” and the state.
Wolf’s support for petrochemicals raises climate worries as Pennsylvania tries to cut carbon emissions
In his second term, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has set ambitious climate goals for the state. But he’s also walked a tightrope on climate, as he has embraced the fossil fuel jobs of the natural gas industry, and big carbon-emitting projects like the Shell Ethane Cracker in Beaver County.
There was some confusion after residents near the line awoke Friday to activity they thought was supposed to have stopped Thursday night. But construction of the pipeline will be suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.