U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) issued the following statement on the announcement from Shell that its preferred site to construct a potential petrochemical complex is in Beaver County.
Congressman Altmire said:
"We always knew that Beaver County presented the best option for Shell to build the plant, and we are pleased that they have made this initial decision. If Shell's final decision is to locate this facility in Beaver County, it would be the largest industrial new start in western Pennsylvania in decades.
"Beaver County offers the perfect location for this growing industry - access to water, rail, chemical manufacturers, natural gas, and skilled workers. All levels of government, community leaders, and the private sector have joined forces to promote western Pennsylvania as the best location for this new facility. This announcement is proof that when we work together, great things will happen for our region. I will continue to aggressively work to bring these types of jobs and economic development projects to Beaver County and our region, and look forward to continuing to work with all parties as Shell finalizes its plans for this specific project."
In January, Congressman Altmire sent a letter to Shell President, Marvin Odum highlighting the benefits of constructing the new facility in western Pennsylvania.