Ethane Cracker Could Reinvigorate Ohio Valley

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The Streets of Wheeling once looked like the Streets of New York City.

A city bursting with commerce and industry, but in the last few decades industry has all but come to a halt in and around the Friendly City.

Industry leaders in oil and gas believe that if the proposed Ethane Cracker Plant in Belmont County comes to fruition, our economy will once again put the Ohio Valley on the map of major cities across the country.

Those industry leaders came to our 7News Studios to talk exclusively about the major impacts an ethane cracker plant could have, not just for the Ohio Valley, but our entire region.

“I think you’ll see Cleveland, Wheeling, and some parts of Pittsburgh that were once upon a time the steal center,” said Scott Rotruck, Director of Energy for Spilman, Thomas, & Battle. “I think you’ll see a return to that, but it will be a return to a very high end, very innovative continuously improving process, but again; we are within two-thirds of the United States population, right here and Wheeling is sitting right here in the middle of it, so you’re really positioned extremely well and I think you’ll keep the price where the operators can get a return on their investment, but it’s still a price low enough to compete all over the world.” 

Be sure to tune in on Saturday, right after 7News at 11 to see Part one of Shale Valley.

Industry leaders involved in a round table discussion about this game changer that could come to Belmont County.  

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