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Tue, Sep 27



Petrochemicals, Policy, and Public Health

Learn how policy decisions in Pennsylvania contributed to the Shell ethane cracker facility, and how community watchdogs hope to prevent future plants from moving in.

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Petrochemicals, Policy, and Public Health
Petrochemicals, Policy, and Public Health

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Sep 27, 2022, 7:00 PM EDT


About the event

On Tuesday, September 27, Beyond Plastics hosted a discussion focused on the petrochemical infrastructure buildout unfolding in Pennsylvania and the greater Ohio River Valley. Decades of policy decisions contributed to the shale gas boom in the region. Now the petrochemical industry is eyeing the region as a production hub for single-use plastics made out of ethane gas, starting with Shell’s ethane cracker in Monaca, Pennsylvania.

Communities in the region are taking it upon themselves to monitor pollution from the Shell plant in the hopes of preventing future crackers from moving in. This event featured Heather Hulton VanTassel, Executive Director of Three Rivers Waterkeeper in Pittsburgh, and Alison Steele, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Project, based in McMurray, PA.

A recording of the event is now available >>>

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