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June 16, 2020

Petrochemical Growth in Region ‘Unlikely,’ Academics Say

Beaver County Times– Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia may never see the petrochemical buildout many once expected, a group of regional economists say. Read article.

In a letter Monday, eight academic leaders representing seven area universities, as well as a former Pennsylvania Environmental Protection secretary told Gov. Tom Wolf, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice that Appalachia is unlikely to see a major petrochemical expansion, nor the kind of job creation predicted.

“Unless we adopt new and better development strategies, we risk squandering hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds in pursuit of a vision that will not materialize,” the letter begins.

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