Drilling permits cancelled for underground natural gas storage project

Ohio environmental regulators have canceled key permits needed for an underground natural gas liquids storage facility proposed along the Ohio River. 
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Tenacious citizens take on the plastics industry over an insidious pollutant

Homegrown activists, tired of lax government enforcement and ineffectual industry self-policing, have stepped up to fight plastic pollution.

Justice

Investor pulls out of proposed Belmont County cracker plant

Daelim Chemical USA, a major investment partner in a proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio, announced on Tuesday that it is exiting the project. 
Toxics

Competing reports offer different outlook on Ohio Valley's petrochemical future

Environmental groups and some financial analysts are warning the risk is growing for plastics and petrochemical manufacturers.

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Plastic Pollution

Will coronavirus be the death or salvation of big plastic?

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Pittsburgh

CSX rail facility in McKees Rocks to be leased to Shell

About three years after its opening, CSX Transportation is abandoning a sprawling state-of-the-art intermodal facility in McKees Rocks that was once seen as a key piece in the borough's revival.

Pittsburgh

Construction resumes as state plans to reopen; Shell to add 300 more workers

Beginning Monday, Shell Chemicals expects to increase its 500-person workforce by approximately 300 for a total of 800 on-site employees.

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Climate

Developers put a plastics plant in Ohio on indefinite hold, citing the Covid-19 pandemic

The announcement was a setback for the Trump administration and local officials, who want to bring petrochemicals to a region heavily invested in fracking.
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Pittsburgh

500 construction workers to go back to work on Shell’s ethane cracker

Hundreds of construction workers will be returning to work on Shell's ethane cracker in Beaver County, after state officials told the company that parts of the construction project don't need a waiver to stay open.

Energy

Shell applies for waiver to resume work, groups respond

Shell's construction company has applied for a waiver to resume construction at the Beaver County cracker plant, according to union officials.

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Energy

Shell to temporarily suspend construction at ethane cracker plant after days of pressure amid COVID-19

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.

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Originals

Financial fallout from coronavirus could devastate the fracking and plastics industries

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.

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Toxics

Industry, labor launch effort to tout 'traditional industries'

Environmental concerns about heavy industry and natural gas drilling have stirred intense debate around Pittsburgh. A coalition of local unions and manufacturing companies has launched a new effort to advocate for "traditional and manufacturing industries."

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Energy

Group will stress the economic benefits of industry in Western Pennsylvania

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.

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Plastic Pollution

Bill potentially allocating billions in subsidies to future petrochemical facilities clears Pa. legislature

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue estimates that the tax credit program will cost the state approximately $22 million per plant per year, until 2050.

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