Pennsylvania county prepares for Shell’s ethane ‘cracker’ project

Beaver County, Pennsylvania is getting ready for Royal Dutch Shell’s arrival even as the county continues to wait for the energy company to decide whether to build an ethane “cracker” plant there, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. Speaking at a panel discussion held by the newspaper, Castlebrook Development partner Pat Nardelli said infrastructure is starting to be put in place for the cracker plant, and Shell is seeking land to develop parking for the thousands of anticipated jobs that would be created during construction. “The one thing about Shell is whether they make the decision or not, they’ve spent a half billion (dollars) to date if not more,” Nardelli said, adding Beaver County is “going to have one heck of a building pad sitting down there totally prepared for whomever.” For more, read the full story.