Appalachian Town Must 'Wait And Wait' As Pandemic Puts Plastics Plant On Hold

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From his bar in Shadyside, Ohio, Matt Coffland has been counting on his town getting a new petrochemical plant since it was first planned, seven years ago. He says the southeastern part of the state has long been neglected. "For us to get something like that, rightfully, I think we deserve it by now," he says. The plant, to be built by Thailand-based oil and gas company PTT, would be a major construction project. "You're talking an influx of close to 10,000 people at one point," Coffland says. The ethane "cracker," as it's called, would turn natural gas from nearby wells into petrochemicals and plastics. It's part of a much-planned wave of petrochemical construction across Appalachia. Oil and gas backers say a decade of fracking has unlocked enough gas...

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Appalachian Town Must 'Wait And Wait' As Pandemic Puts Plastics Plant On Hold

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