Shell Leases More PA Properties to Build Ethane Pipeline

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Nearly a year ago, in February 2016, MDN brought you exclusive news that Shell had begun approaching landowners in Beaver County to get them to sign easements for two ethane pipelines to feed the mighty cracker plant they plan to build in the county (see Exclusive: Shell Leasing Land for 2 Pipelines to PA Cracker Plant). At that time Shell had still not fully committed to building the cracker–something they finally did in June (see Breaking: Shell Pulls the Trigger, PA Ethane Cracker is a Go!). In August, MDN brought you more details, that Shell is indeed working on a 94-mile ethane “pipeline system” with two “legs” to feed the cracker, confirming the tip we received in February. The new ethane pipeline system has a name: the Falcon Ethane Pipeline System (see Shell Working on 94-Mile Ethane Pipeline to Feed PA Cracker). Last October Shell formally launched an open season to sign up shippers for the Falcon Pipeline (see Shell Launches Open Season for PA-WV-OH Falcon Ethane Pipeline). Some new news to share. Last September and October Shell signed up six more property easements, in Beaver County, for the Falcon Pipeline. How much Shell will pay the landowners is still being negotiated and will not be made public (unfortunately). However, we can tell you who leased, along with the piddly amount of taxes Shell will pay to the state and local towns…

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