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And to the former government officials who, in seeking to create jobs, offered Shell one of the largest tax breaks in state history.
But any short-term good could have long-term costs.
But natural gas prices have collapsed and profit must be found elsewhere, namely the natural gas byproduct ethane, which is unleashed during fracking and can be made into polyethylene, a common form of plastic.
This is a place where, right now, plastic makes sense to many people. To the world’s third-largest company struggling with low oil prices.
“Plastic really doesn’t go away,” said Roland Geyer, a professor of industrial ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
“It just accumulates and ends up in the wrong places.
It is one of the largest active construction projects in the United States, employing more than 5,000 people.
When completed, the facility will be fed by pipelines stretching hundreds of miles across Appalachia.
And it will produce more than a million tons each year of something that many people argue the world needs less of: plastic.
And we just don’t know the long-term implications of having all this plastic everywhere in the natural environment.
It is like this giant global experiment and we can’t just pull the plug if it goes wrong.”The roots of Shell’s sleek, ultramodern plant date back hundreds of millions of years, when the area was occupied by a wide inland sea.
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Join us and create your own profile for adult dating in a few clicks!Over time, the earth shifted and the sea was covered by rock, which compressed all of the dead organisms and sediment that had settled on its watery bottom into rich layers of hydrocarbons, including those that make up natural gas. Mercer has spent 32 years traveling the world for Shell — in southern Iraq and in eastern Russia — helping turn those hydrocarbons deep within the earth into energy. Mercer, an English-born, Oxford-educated engineer, works out of a red brick building in Beaver, Pa. Mercer has come here to build is “as big as you get,” she said.