W.V. Gas Plants Could Mean 12k Jobs

WHEELING, W.V. (AP) - A study by the American Chemistry Council claims an ethane cracker in West Virginia could create some 12,000 jobs.

West Virginia is competing with several other states that sit atop the Marcellus shale gas field for factories that can convert ethane - a byproduct of shale drilling - into a widely used compound, ethylene.

The Intelligencer (http://bit.ly/nokxyW) reports the industry study also claims a cracker could generate as much as $7 billion in related industry, such as the production of paints, coatings, dyes and plastics.

Chief Executive Cal Dooley says the ethane from the mile-deep shale formations could be a game-changer for the chemical industry.

Several companies are considering building in the region.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by boazboy on Sep 24, 2011 at 09:41 PM
    Never happen!
  • by Marian Location: Marietta, Ohio on Sep 24, 2011 at 09:21 AM
    Bring them on, Long over due.
  • by Sam on Sep 23, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    This will be an excellent boost for WV if the powers that be don't allow the out-of-state-can't-keep-their-nose-out-of-others-business people decide what is right for our state. One thing the media fails to tell when posting the negative stories on the Marcellus industry, is whether the complainant receives royalties from a well. Most are people that held out on leasing their property and therefore are not included in unit royalties. The oil and gas, and even coal, companies are going to the Nth degree to make sure operations are safe. If we continue to allow out-of-state protesters to run our state...we may as well put the GOING OUT OF BUSINESS sign out.
  • by wes667 Location: st marys on Sep 23, 2011 at 06:46 PM
    yea for out of state workers
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