Report: Appalachia could become major petrochemical center

A new report from the American Chemistry Council says the Appalachian region could become a major petrochemical and plastic resin manufacturing center similar to the Gulf Coast. According to Oil & Gas Journal, the report presents a scenario that includes development of a storage hub for natural gas liquids and chemicals, a 500-mile pipeline distribution network and associated petrochemical, plastics, energy and manufacturing facilities in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. The report also estimates that by 2025, the four-state region could see 100,000 permanent new jobs from such development. For more, read the full story.

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