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Lack of infrastructure could hurt Pennsylvania cracker

By Bob Downing Published: May 6, 2012

Sheena Martin of ICIS News reports that the lack of infrastructure for Shell's proposed cracker plant in western Pennsylvania could provide an opportunity for another company to expand in Ontario plant.

She suggests that NOVA Chemicals could displace Shell's ethane supply by enlarging its plant at Corunna near Sarnia, Ontario.

Sarnia is an established petrochemical region with 30 percent of Canada's petrochemical capacity. It also has salt caverns to store hydocarbons and liquified petrochemicals such as ethane.

NOVA's Ontario plant is getting ethane from Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale via a Sunoco pipeline.

Shell is looking at turning ethane from drilling into polyethlythene, a key plastic, perhaps as early as 2017.

It is looking at a site northwest of Pittsburgh on the Ohio River in Beaver County.

Ohio and West Virginia also competed for the plant and resulting jobs.

At present, there are no ethane plants in the Marcellus or Utica shale states.

Another company is talking about a second ethane cracker plant in West Virginia.

Click  here  to read Martin's story.




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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

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.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.