Shell Officially Announces it will Build Ethane Cracker Plant in Beaver County, PA

After first acquiring an option agreement in 2012 for a 340-acre site, and then purchasing the site in 2014, Shell Chemical Appalachia has officially announced that it will build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker plant on the site of the former Ho(…)

Shell Closes On Purchase Of Proposed Cracker Plant Site

Horsehead Holding Corp. (Horsehead) announced Monday that it closed on the sale of its former zinc smelter to Shell Chemical (Shell), which is the proposed site for an ethane cracker plant in Beaver County. Although Shell has not made a final decision(…)

Indian Firm Plans To Export Ethane From Marcellus Shale Fields

According to the Tribune Review, Reliance Industries, an Indian conglomerate with ties to the Marcellus Shale, plans to ship 1.5 million tons of ethane annually from the United States. Reliance has invested with Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. and Chevron in(…)

Wood County, W. Va. Proposed Cracker Plant Takes Step Forward

As Reported by MetroNews on March 26, the proposed Wood County, West Virginia, petrochemical “Cracker” plant project, called Project Ascent, took a significant step forward on Wednesday with an announcement from Antero Resources that it would contribu(…)

Shell and Beaver County Commissioners Discuss Proposed Ethane Cracker Plant

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that the Beaver County Board of Commissioners and representatives from Royal Dutch Shell met to discuss the next planning steps for the proposed cracker plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  Although the meeting(…)

West Virginia Cracker Plant Could Have Multibillion Dollar Impact on State Economy

As reported in the Pittsburgh Business Times, the proposed ethane cracker plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia, could potentially have a multi-billion dollar positive effect on the state’s economy.  Emeritus Professor of Economics Tom S. Witt of West(…)

West Virginia One Step Closer to Seeing a Cracker Plant Constructed

West Virginia’s Ohio River region is one step closer to seeing construction begin on a cracker plant in the Wood County area.  According to the Charleston Gazette, Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise, owned by Brazilian based Odebrecht, purchased the(…)

Shell Granted Extension for Cracker Plant

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently reported that Horsehead Corp. and Shell Chemical LP have extended their land option agreement for a third time, giving Shell more time to decide whether it will build an ethane cracker on the site of Horsehead’s Be(…)

Shell Solicits Bids For Ethane From Proposed Cracker Plant

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Shell Chemical, a division of Royal Dutch Shell, has begun to solicit ethane commitments from Marcellus Shale operators for its proposed Beaver County, Pennsylvania cracker plant.  The company has already secur(…)

Beaver County Creates Tax-Exempt Zone For Proposed Ethane Cracker Plant

The Beaver County Commissioners have approved the creation of a 325-acre tax-exempt zone aimed at enticing Shell to proceed with the construction of an ethane cracker plant in the region.  According to one commissioner, “It’s an important piece of the(…)

$500 Million Polyethylene Plant in Plans for Wheeling, WV Area

James Cutler, CEO of Houston-based Appalachian Resins, Inc., indicated to the State Journal that his company is preparing to announce the details of its planned $500 million integrated polyethylene facility in Marshall County, south of Wheeling.  Fund(…)

West Virginia Governor Says Ethane Cracker Still a Possibility

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,”(…)

Gov. Corbett Says Shell Not Considering Alternate Locations for Cracker

Following a speech at the Marcellus Utica Midstream Conference in Pittsburgh this morning, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said that Royal Dutch Shell’s recent decision to delay a final commitment to building an ethane cracker plant in Beaver County(…)

West Virginia Consumers Optimistic about Shale Gas Opportunities

Marketwatch.com reports that most consumers living in West Virginia believe shale exploration will provide economic opportunity.  Of those polled, nearly a quarter already reported seeing economic impact.  The poll, conducted as Huntington Bank’s Midw(…)

Shell Signs Six-Month Extension to Buy Land for Cracker Plant

Royal Dutch Shell plc and Horshead Corp. agreed to a six-month extension for Shell to acquire land for a proposed cracker plant that it is considering building in Beaver County.  Shell had a December 31, 2012, deadline to buy the land in Center and Po(…)

New Report Highlights Economic Benefits From Natural Gas Production

On October 31, 2012, the American Clean Skies Foundation published a report highlighting, on a state-by-state basis, the positive economic impacts for consumers and supply chains from the increased development and production of natural gas.  The repor(…)

Federal Court rejects PIOGA’s Contempt Motion – But Cautions Forest Service

In July 2011, PIOGA filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania seeking to hold the United States Forest Service in contempt of court for allegedly failing to adhere to the Court’s December 2009 preliminary injun(…)