Ethane Cracker Plant

                                             Shell Cracker Plant in Beaver County News and Information                                                                                                     

What is a cracker plant? Cracker plants take ethane, which comes up with methane when fracked, and heats it up to break the bonds and turns the ethane into ethylene which is the building block for plastics.      There are many unanswered questions about the plant. Public support is needed to show we care about our air quality in Southwestern PA.  The Beaver ethane cracker plant will add huge amounts of pollution, VOC & particulate matter, into our air.  Shell corporation, who will own the cracker plant, will not commit to putting in fence line monitoring like they have at their other cracker plants in Louisiana & Texas.
This will be the largest cracker plant in North America.

Shell Chemical Appalachia Petrochemical Complex will be located at 300 Frankfurt Road Monaca, PA
How a cracker plant works
Future site of Shell Craker Plant

Pictured left is a current photo of the future Shell cracker plant.

Here is information on Potter Township Beaver County meetings and the location of same: 

NoPetroPA events calendar

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Your Health vs Cracker Plant jobs

A petrochemical plant is not the only industry that can bring Beaver County tax revenue, employment opportunities, and thriving hotels
and restaurants. A $6 billion investment into solar arrays, wind farms and green chemistry ventures would create these same benefits without health “trade-offs,” and hopefully without a $1.65 billion tax break for a multinational corporation. It could happen if the investor
had the foresight and courage, in the face of climate change, to pursue clean energy — which now employs twice as many Pennsylvanians as the fossil fuel industry. Pollution from Shell’s ethane cracker will be a major issue impacting everyone in the region, especially people in proximity to the plant — 2.25 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents is a staggering measure of the greenhouse gases that will be released each year by the largest ethane cracker in North America. The plant will also emit up to 484 tons per year of volatile organic compounds — three times the VOC output of the Clairton Coke Works — to create asthma-inducing ozone. It will release more than 30 tons per year of hazardous air pollutants, which, like VOCs, include benzene, linked to cancer and childhood leukemia; tolulene,linked to brain, liver, and kidney problems and to spontaneous abortion and birth defects; and, in levels surpassing those of the Clairton Coke Works, the No.2 cancer driver from air pollution in southwestern Pennsylvania: formaldehyde. The plant will release 159 tons per year of PM2.5 — particulate matter that can pass straight through the lung’s alveoli and into the bloodstream to contribute to cardiovascular and respiratory disease, as well as to lung cancer and bladder cancer. To read this OpEd by Terrie Baumgardner in its entirety go to

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