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Shell seeks to move Pa. highway for proposed ethane cracker

The Associated Press is reporting that Shell Chemical LP is seeking to relocate a state highway in western Pennsylvania as part of its proposal to build a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker.

From the AP:

PennDOT spokesman Dan Cessna says Shell would pay for the changes, which include moving a section of Route 18 in Beaver County about 950 feet farther from the Ohio River, and upgrading an interchange with Interstate 376. Route 18 would be widened to six lanes to accommodate truck traffic during the plant’s construction, then changed back to four lanes afterward.
Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon says Shell notified PennDOT in July of its proposal to change the highway.
Shell has not formally committed to building the plant, but has extended an option on the Potter Township site and begun demolition there.

Shell recently abandoned plans for a natural gas-to-liquids plant in Louisiana, an encouraging sign for Pennsylvania has the company makes choices about where to invest capital.

Governor Corbett has tried to attract Shell to Pennsylvania with a $1.65 billion tax break, the largest in state history.


  • Celia Janosik

    What is encouraging about having a “world Class” cracker plant in Beaver County. It will be very large, very polluting and dangerous. It will spawn many subsidiary industries that will be equally dangerous and polluting. We will become like Louisiana, chemical cancer ally. Please note oil and gas makes an area poor. What price are you willing to pay for your children to become sick? We are a sacrifice zone. How many wells will be drilled to satisfy Shell and the world’s appetite for gas and its by products? 100,000 wells in PA alone has been quoted many times. How much is your water worth? “If we only had a brain?”

    • mk

      Whats a matter with u people.You would rather continue to buy oil and gas from terrorist nations.And also there are more cancer causing chemicals in the food we eat than are in the natural gas processes.And I guess you are one of those people that sit at home and live off the working man . The gas and oil field generates a lot of good paying jobs along with a lot of revenue to local businesses.

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