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Shell: One of World's Oldest Oil Companies Shifts Its Focus To Gas


Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania

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

Royal Dutch Shell is one of the largest and oldest energy companies in the world. Shell is active in drilling for natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation, with a focus on Tioga County.

Shell is also considering building a gas processing plant, called an ethane cracker, in Beaver County. Governor Corbett is convinced the petrochemical plant would kick-start a chemical processing boom near Pittsburgh, and is pushing to grant the company a $1.65 billion tax credit, spread over 25 years, to help convince it to build in Pennsylvania.

Shell would already receive a 15-year exemption from state and local taxes at the site, due to legislation signed into law in February.

In June 2012, Shell experienced a methane migration problem at a Tioga County well site.

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