Three senior Cabinet officials of the Corbett Administration joined a bi-partisan group of lawmakers to promote efforts to bring the shell oil cracker facility to a site in Beaver County.
Governor Tom Corbett is making his first comments today about $1.6 billion in tax breaks he’s proposing to help bring Shell Oil’s new multi-billion dollar cracker plant to Beaver County.
Rob Pratte sat down and talked everything this region has to expect from the Cracker plant and the possibility of changing the southwest region as we know it.
The stakes were high, so Pennsylvania like neighboring West Virginia and Ohio pulled out all stops to get it.
People in Beaver County are welcoming plans for the Shell Oil refinery. Longtime residents who remember the job losses from steel plants and US Airways are finally seeing some positive economic news.
Shell Oil Co. has chosen a site near Pittsburgh for a major new petrochemical refinery that could provide a huge economic boost to the region.
Where once stood a steel mill is now a slag field, but hopes are that the 300-acre site will soon hold a sprawling, $3 billion to $3.5 billion petrochemical operation called a cracker.
When J&L Steel hummed round the clock in Aliquippa, 10,000 steelworkers would spend their pay in the restaurants and taverns along Franklin Avenue. That’s a far cry from the business district these days where stores are vacant and the streets almost deserted.
It’s one more major example of just how huge this Marcellus Shale boom is becoming. Shell Oil may build something called an ethylene cracker – a major petro-chemical plant – in our region. The plant is expected to spawn a whole new industry – producing ethylene – a by-product of shale drilling to make plastics.