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Gov. Kasich's full statement on Shell decision

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2012

Here is Ohio Gov. John Kasich's full statement on the Shell decision to build a new petrochemical refinery 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh:

"This wasn't a surprise. We pitched hard and are disappointed, of course, but always understood that Shell leaned toward building where they owned the gas and liquids. They have millions of acres of leases over there (Pennsylvania) that they don't have here. The added cost of a pipeline to ship their gas and liquids over here wasn't something they wanted to do.

"They made clear to me (Wednesday) that there still is no guarantee that they will build this -- that decision will come over the next two years. I really hope they do build this, though, because if they do then Ohio and the entire region will benefit because plants that use the products the cracker makes will begin springing up nearby. A lot of those plants will make plastics and our 100-year leadership in plastics will give Ohio an enormous edge in competing for those facilities and jobs.

"What is happening in Ohio right now -- not in two years -- are major investments that will build out our oil and gas industry. Just (Wednesday) a company announced a $900 million investment in processing facilities -- on the same day I was with a company celebrating their own $500 million investment to do the same thing. We're going to continue to do everything we can to encourage this industry and help it succeed so that it can produce the maximum benefit possible to all Ohioans."

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