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Belmont County business leaders talk potential benefits of ethane cracker plant


Area business leaders met on Tuesday evening at the Ohio Valley Mall to discuss the possibility of a new ethane cracker plant coming to the area. 

Last week, three Belmont County Commissioners were in Potter Township, Pennsylvania to visit the Shell Chemicals ethane cracker plant site. 

Rebecca Matsco, The Chair of Supervisors in Potter Township, led the meeting and spoke of the benefits in which the plant has provided to Beaver County. 

She hoped to provide insight into what an ethane cracker plant could do for the Ohio Valley.

“This meeting is just giving this group of people a taste of what we need to do in the near future and be proactive and prepared for what’s about to happen,” said Exec Director of Belmont County Tourism Barb Ballint who organized the meeting. 

Officials said there is no set date for an announcement of whether the cracker will be built or not.

However, they said that if so, it will be revealed by the end of the year. 

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