’Pittsburgh isn’t in Beaver County:’ County officials disheartened by Pittsburgh mayor’s dismissal of petrochemical development

Beaver County officials called Peduto's remarks against any additional petrochemical development in western Pennsylvania reckless, disheartening and irrational.

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