WV Woos Japanese to Invest in Marcellus/Utica – Cracker Hunting?

Rising SunStates often send trade delegations to foreign countries looking for investors to set up shop in their states–a sad but necessary activity that’s been going on for years. Just look at the ethane cracker plants announced for the Marcellus/Utica: Shell (headquartered in the Netherlands) wants to build a plant in PA; PTT Global Chemical (Thailand) wants to build a plant in OH; and Odebrecht (Brazil) once wanted to build a plant in WV, a plan that seems to now be dead. Speaking of WV, a new trade delegation is heading back to Japan, seeking more investment in the Mountain State. Among those going is Pat Ford, representing the Northern Panhandle area. One of Ford’s main reasons for going is “discussions on West Virginia’s energy growth, in particular ongoing development of the Marcellus and Utica shale plays for the natural gas industry.” Hmmm. That’s interesting. Makes us wonder if Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is looking for another cracker investor–this time from the Land of the Rising Sun…

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