Members of Gov. Tom Corbett’s staff cited job projections on Tuesday that were half what they touted this month while promoting a proposed petrochemical plant in Beaver County and related tax breaks.
Royal Dutch Shell plc might build an ethane processing, or cracker, complex in Beaver County, a project that could require 10,000 permanent jobs in the state, according to a news release sent out after three Corbett Cabinet members led an event in Philadelphia touting the project and the governor’s proposed $1.65 billion tax credit.
The administration’s news release after a similar event June 14 in Beaver County touted “up to 20,000” jobs, a figure critics said could be inflated to help win over lawmakers and the public.
As StateImpact Pennsylvania has reported, Corbett’s jobs claims are based on an industry-produced report, not an independent study.
The American Chemistry Council predicts more than 17,000 jobs would be created if Shell kick-starts a corridor of chemical processing plants in Beaver County, though the bulk of that figure comes from “indirect” and “induced” positions.