Six ethane 'crackers' are being built along the Gulf Coast

As residents in Belmont County, Ohio wait to see if PTT Global Chemical will build an ethane "cracker"" complex in their community, six similar projects are under construction along the Gulf Coast, reports the Wheeling Intelligencer/News-Register. The newspaper says natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays is expected to provide at least a portion of the feedstock for the Gulf Coast facilities. Exxon Mobil Chemical, Chevron Phillips Chemical and Dow Chemical are among those building ethane crackers in Texas and Louisiana.