Shale Energy Law Blog
West Virginia Governor Says Ethane Cracker Still a Possibility
February 12, 2013
At a recent press conference, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was reportedly confident that an ethane cracker will be built in West Virginia “in the future.” Stating only that the Commerce Department “continues to talk with those interested,” Governor Tomblin expressed hope for a potential cracker plant to be located in West Virginia. Although Shell Chemical announced on March 15, 2012 that it would consider a site in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, to build its ethane cracker plant, the Shell deal is not final. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has already offered Shell a tax credit incentive valued at $1.65 billion over 25 years.