Shell Chemical Appalachia announced Wednesday that it will suspend construction on its sprawling petrochemical project in Potter, Beaver County, which has come under fire in recent days for not shutting down with as many as 8,000 workers at the site.
PITTSBURGH—As the U.S. braces for the social and financial impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, some financial analysts predict that two markets will be among those hit hardest: Fracking and plastics manufacturing.
Natural gas has succeeded in replacing dirtier fuels including coal as part of Pennsylvania's energy mix. However, unless natural gas resources are developed responsibly - including the capture of methane emissions and leaks - it can be argued that we are replacing one pollution source for another.
About 500 representatives of labor and industry met in Pittsburgh on Thursday for the launch of an organization dedicated to countering criticism aimed at local industries including steel, natural gas and petrochemicals.
Environmentalists raised concerns of the impact of natural gas production on climate change as the U.S. transitions away from coal and to natural gas which was previously viewed as a cleaner fossil fuel and "bridge" for the industry to more environmentally friendly forms of energy.