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Tomorrow, ‘The Future is Now: Energy and Manufacturing in Pennsylvania’

Tomorrow, April 3, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council (PCIC) will host a roundtable discussion in Harrisburg, Pa. to examine how shale gas is driving a manufacturing renaissance in the Keystone State, and to underscore the importance of developing a comprehensive domestic energy strategy. “The Future is Now: Energy and […]

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USA Today: Job growth expected from abundant, affordable natural gas

“The nation’s fast-growing supply of cheap natural gas is setting off a manufacturing revival that’s expected to create hundreds of thousands of jobs as companies build or expand plants to take advantage of the low prices,” reported USA Today’s Paul Davidson on Wednesday. CNN and MSNBC also picked up the story, which quoted ACC President […]

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Shell moves a step closer to new U.S. ‘cracker’ plant

This week Shell Chemical signed a land option agreement with Horsehead Corporation that brings the company one step closer to building a petrochemical complex in the state of Pennsylvania. A rise in locally-produced ethane — a chemical derivative of natural gas that ACC member companies rely on to develop many of their products — would […]

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Highlights from the field hearing “Natural Gas – America’s New Energy Opportunity”

We’ve compiled some highlights from the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Oversight Field Hearing on “Natural Gas—America’s New Energy Opportunity: Creating Jobs, Energy and Community Growth,” which took place earlier this week. You’ll see that access to vast new supplies of domestic shale gas, rich in the ethane needed for chemical production, is revitalizing […]

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Chemical Alliance Zone: Ethylene could bring widespread benefits to struggling Appalachia region

“If we don’t have the ethane in the natural gas, there’s no chemical industry, if there’s no chemical industry, we don’t have manufacturing in the United States,” said Kevin DiGregorio, executive director of the Chemical Alliance Zone, in a recent interview with West Virginia’s State Journal. Ethylene is a valuable chemical that is used to […]

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Pennsylvania, Two Neighbors Vie to Procure Cracker”

“There’s a whirlwind of competition swirling among Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia for the chance to start a new generation of industry and manufacturing,” Timothy Puko wrote in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Sunday, referring to an opportunity to build a $3.2 billion petrochemical plant in one of the three states. The Shell “cracker” plant, used […]

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Shale gas bringing “several hundred thousand new manufacturing jobs” within reach, White House says

Industrial towns across America have struggled in the face of plant closures and outsourcing for years, but natural gas from shale deposits is helping to bring U.S. manufacturing into a new era of global competitiveness, according to a White House report making a splash in Washington last week. Released in conjunction with President Obama’s “Insourcing […]

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API’s Jack Gerard sees an ‘abundance of opportunity’ in American energy; how can chemistry help bring us there?

“When we look at all our domestic energy options – fossil fuels, nuclear energy, renewable and alternative energy sources such as biofuels – we see a nation with an abundance of opportunity for growth,” said American Petroleum Institute (API) president Jack Gerard in a speech Wednesday at the association’s second annual State of American Energy […]

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New York Times columnist David Brooks calls shale gas a “blessing,” says it would be a crime to squander

In a compelling op-ed last Thursday, New York Times columnist David Brooks described how new, abundant supplies of shale gas have shaped the U.S. energy industry over the past 10 years, concluding that “it would be a crime if we squandered [the] blessing” shale gas provides to the U.S. economy. Brooks also noted the importance […]

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