A Brazilian firm is eying West Virginia's Wood County for a new ethane cracker plant.
Odebrecht made the announcement on Thursday in Parkersburg with state officials.
The project will be called Appalachia Shale Cracker Enterprise.
Much work must be done before a decision is made to proceed, company officials warned.
Royal Dutch Shell is looking at a site northwest of Pittsburgh on the Ohio River in Beaver County for a similar plant.
Crackers take ethane from Utica and Marcellus shale wells and convert it to ethylene that is used to make plastics.
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Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
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Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
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Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
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