Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12), co-chair of the House Marcellus Shale Caucus, released the following statement in regards to today's announcement by Shell that they have selected Beaver County as the site of a new ethane cracker that will upgrade locally produced ethane from Marcellus Shale gas production:
"This project is a huge jobs boost for Beaver County and western Pennsylvania," said Congressman Critz. "I have been working for months with Shell and other leaders in the natural gas industry to bring jobs to western Pennsylvania, and as co-chair of the Marcellus Shale Caucus in Congress, I have been fighting to ensure that western Pennsylvania reaps the benefits of this great natural resource. It is clear that this announcement by Shell is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of jobs that can be created here in western Pennsylvania."
Congressman Critz wrote to Shell officials earlier this year, and hosted two conference calls, to encourage them to construct the ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania.