No Ethane Cracker Plant for Dilles Bottom, OH and No Petrochemical Storage Hub

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PTT Global Chemical America has proposed to construct this massive petrochemical facility. The company plans to use ethane from fracked gas to produce plastic pellets, which will subsequently be converted into various plastic products. PTTGC's proposal is part of a broader effort among companies to find a market for fracked gas; the industry's development of the region includes preliminary plans for many projects in the Ohio River Valley that could potentially transform the Ohio Valley into another “cancer alley,” as is found along the Petrochemical Corridor of Louisiana. The projects are collectively known as the Appalachian Petrochemical Hub, which will put communities already suffering from intense shale gas fracking in the Appalachian portion of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia at greater risk for increased health issues, including cancer, asthma, and heart disease. The PTTGC facility may also cause significant damage to the Ohio River itself, one of the nations most polluted rivers, which has seen improvements in recent years. All in all, the PTT Global facility will require an estimated 105,000 barrels of ethane per day, which is estimated to require 1,000 new fracking wells to produce every 3-5 years.

Also proposed are massive storage hubs for the natural gas liquids. Huge salt caverns are proposed to be constructed underground in WV to store the natural gas liquids for processing, potentially creating risks such as sinkholes, explosions, and leaks. The plant will emit 1.7 million tons of CO2 or CO2 equivalents per year, as well as volatile organic compounds, and chemicals including hexane, ammonia, benzene, and ethyl chloride, to name a few. If you are aren't aware of this project, please visit these websites for more information:

www.nocrackerplantov.com

https://ohvec.org/appalachian-storage-hub-petrochemical-complex/

https://breatheproject.org/fracking-and-petrochemicals/

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/ethane-cracker-plants-what-are-they

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/insight/another-petrochemical-sacrifice-zone

Groups and nonprofits concerned with this project include: FreshWater Accountability Project, The Climate Reality Project, Earthworks, Center for Biological Diversity, Ohio Allies, Buckeye Environmental Network, Concerned Barnesville Area Residents, Mountain Watershed Association, Center for Coalfield Justice, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, FracTracker Alliance, Clean Air Council, and the Breathe Project. 

Please sign this petition to show your support as we continue to resist this petrochemical hub and the negative impacts that it will have on the Ohio River Valley. PTT has gotten the air and water permits required for construction rubber stamped by the Ohio EPA. The plant is not a done deal yet, however. The air permit is currently being appealed and the industry still needs investors. Your voice and support matter. We want to continue to bring citizen sentiment into public awareness. One way to do that is through this petition.


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