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Pa. governor discusses potential for new petrochemical plant

August 8, 2012

MONACA, Pa. — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was joined last week by elected state officials and representatives of labor and business to highlight the importance of continued efforts to bring a petrochemical complex to the state.

The Governor detailed the steps the state has taken so far to secure this project and the challenges ahead.

The proposed facility in Beaver County would create 10,000 construction jobs and more than 10,000 positions in spinoff production and manufacturing industries. Job impacts would be felt across Pennsylvania.

"If Shell decides to build this plant, that $4 billion investment will be felt statewide," Corbett said. "Pennsylvania has the chance to become the keystone of the new industrial revolution."

A petrochemical complex would include an ethane cracker that would process ethane from "wet" Marcellus natural gas to produce ethylene.

Pennsylvania, led by Corbett, beat out tough competition from surrounding states to become the primary choice location for this project. However there is still much work to be done in order to fully secure this project for Pennsylvania.

"We''re not done," Corbett said. "We have brought Shell to this point but words on paper aren''t shovels in the ground. We need to keep working. Our coalition for progress has come a long way, but we have miles yet to travel.

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