Proposed Ethane Cracker Plant Could Change Economic Climate in the Ohio Valley

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A proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, could change the economic climate throughout the Ohio Valley and our entire region.

If you take a look around, you’re probably surrounded by products made as result of an ethane cracker plant from somewhere oversees.

Those products are plastics we have shipped in from other countries and they’re most likely some of the first things you touch when you wake up and the last things you touch before you go to bed.

Right here in this area we sit on a huge portion of marcellus, that could be manufactured into plastics.

“A $.64 pound of plastic costs $.24 to get here. By the time you take the ethane from here, ship it to the coast, ship the plastic back, you have a $.24 cost savings by having an ethane cracker here,” said President and CEO of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, John Molinaro. “That’s a huge competitive advantage to what’s already a large industry in the area.

It’s going to make that industry much more profitable, it’s going to help that industry grow, and that’s going to help attract new companies in that industry to the area.”

You want to tune in for this incredible two-part series, “Shale Valley,” where Molinaro and other industry talk about this game changing activity slated for the Ohio Valley.

Shale Valley airs this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. on WTRF ABC Ohio Valley and again at right after 7News at 11 on WTRF CBS. 

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