Marshall Issues Statement on Potential Beaver County ‘Cracker’ Plant
BEAVER FALLS – Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) issued the following statement after Shell Oil Company announced today that it has signed a land option agreement for the possible construction of a petrochemical complex in Beaver County.
“The news that Shell Oil Company signed a land option agreement is great for Western Pennsylvania and specifically Beaver County. I’m glad to see the potential for creating jobs and expanding economic growth and development within our county.
“Most importantly, this will create a lot of sustainable jobs for our area. House Bill 1950, the Marcellus Shale impact fee, and Senate Bill 1237, the Keystone Opportunity Zone expansion, have both helped make this site a preferred one. Ohio and West Virginia were also in the running, and laws such as these are giving us a competitive edge.
“Another benefit is that by choosing this site, the value of surrounding industrial sites will increase.
“Beaver County is an ideal location, as it is in close proximity to the gas that is being extracted in the Marcellus and Utica shales. It’s also important to note that this complex will put a preexisting industrial site to use, keeping it from becoming a vacant, unused site.”
State Representative Jim Marshall
14th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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