Mike Mikus of the Consumer Energy Alliance Mid-Atlantic said:
The announcement "underscores that the economics and resource base of the Marcellus shale are continuing to be a game changer for the region. During these challenging economic times, we are encouraged to see the tremendous benefits that the thane cracker will bring to the region, including thousands of much-needed jobs, new private investment and significant economic development."
Added Kathryn Klaber of the Marcellus Shale Coalition based in Canonsburg, Pa.: The announcement by Shell "is a win-win for the region's workforce and economy and further demonstrates the tremendous resource contained in both the Marcellus and Utica shale. While located in Pennsylvania, the supply chain and potential economic impact of the project will span the multi-state region while serving an an anchor in the resurgence of the domestic manufacturing sector."
Shell Oil Co. announced on Thursday it is lookingat 300 acres at an an old zinc smelter about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh near Monaca in Beaver County.
Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia were competing for the facility that will turn ethanes from natural gas drilling into ethylenes to make plastics.
The petrochemical refinery is projected to cost in excess of $2 billion and produce economic benefits of $15 billion to $20 billion.
Ohio was pushing a site on the Ohio River near Dilles Botton in Belmont County.
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.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
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.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.