Shell’s announcement of building an ethane cracker plant in Beaver County is raising a buzz in the area and surrounding areas.
State Representative, Jaret Gibbons believes this will be a positive economic addition to the area. “This is a historic investment in Beaver County,” Gibbons said. “Building this ‘cracker’ plant should create 10,000 construction jobs and 10,000 permanent jobs that will ensure the growing Marcellus Shale drilling industry provides a benefit to local families across western Pennsylvania.
It is apparent the Marcellus positively affects the economy in areas where it is already touched down by creating jobs on drilling sites and in the steel mills. The cracker plant represents the next step in the economic growth stage for Pennsylvania.
“Once the plant is operational, it has the potential to create 10,000 permanent jobs at the plant and at local vendors and in the chemical and supplier industries,” says Gibbons. “With the unemployment rate in Beaver County at 6.8 percent, and 6.2 percent and 7.9 percent in Butler and Lawrence counties, this project will have a significant boost to our economy.”
The Marcellus development about to hit Beaver County will surely alter the economy – supplying jobs for 10,000 workers in the plant.
It is safe to say this development is one of the more exciting things to happen in the Beaver County area and citizens are ready to explore to find out what the future holds.