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Leaving Beaver County as Shell's ethane cracker sets to open

Shell’s ethane cracker will begin operations this summer. It will turn natural gas from fracking into 1.6 million metric tons of plastic a year. It’s hard to know how many people the cracker will drive away.

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Amid hopes and fears, a plastics boom in Appalachia is on hold

The rise of fracking in Appalachia has fed visions of turning the Ohio River Valley into a petrochemical and plastics hub. But overproduction of plastic, opposition to natural gas pipelines, and public concern about rampant plastic waste are upending those plans.
5 things to know about plastic pollution and how to stop it
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5 things to know about plastic pollution and how to stop it

Researchers continue to find new information about how widespread plastic pollution has become, but also how we can help stem the tide.
In the Ohio River Valley, with the pandemic’s help, the petrochemical boom is on hold
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In the Ohio River Valley, with the pandemic’s help, the petrochemical boom is on hold

As COVID-19 stalls $10 billion project, some wonder if planned buildout will ever come.
Belmont Cracker - at what cost?
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Belmont Cracker - at what cost?

Despite the economic boom, environmentalists and some residents are questioning the health and safety of fracking, which has brought leaks, fires and explosions in Ohio.
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