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Impact Fee Provides Money For Ethane Cracker

During yesterday’s budget address, Governor Corbett said his administration is “hard at work to bring a major natural gas processing plant to southwestern Pennsylvania.”

The natural gas impact fee in front of the House would help Corbett woo Shell, which is deciding whether to build an ethane cracker in Pennsylvania, Ohio or West Virginia.

As the Beaver County Times reports, the legislation “would steer 5 percent of revenue from drilling fees to the state Department of Community and Economic Development for…infrastructure projects related to the natural gas industry, such as the establishment of a petrochemical plant.”

Pittsburgh’s KDKA aired a report on the hunt for the ethane cracker earlier this week. Watch it after the jump.


  • Bob Schmetzer

    Where do you go from a Brownfield? The Ohio River next to this area is impared to the max. Communities down stream like Midland might not be able to take water from the river for drinking. The Nuclear plant along with Bruce Mansfield coal fired powerhouse use millions of gallons of river water per day. This would put those jobs in jeopardy.Laws dictate that an environmental study be conducted for public safety. Shell representative said they would do their best to not pollute. What does that mean? 

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