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Tomblin Issues a Statement on Shell's Ethane Cracker Decision


Location: Charleston, WV

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement after learning of Shell Chemical LP's (Shell) decision to announce that their preferred petrochemical site is in Beaver County, Pa.

"Naturally, we are disappointed by this decision," Gov. Tomblin said. "We worked extremely hard to develop a competitive proposal. Ultimately, the decision was related to site-specific factors beyond our control. The decision by Shell to locate the site near Monaca, just 10 miles across the border, is not only good for Pennsylvania but also for West Virginia. The economic activity from this plant will not be confined to Pennsylvania. West Virginia will benefit from this decision."

"Our efforts to recruit a petrochemical company have never been limited to the Shell project," Gov. Tomblin said. "We will continue to make all efforts to rebuild the petrochemical and related industries in West Virginia."

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