The Bayer CropScience plant in Institute, WV is rumored to be downsizing. Currently 500 people are employed there, but the plant will soon stop making and storing the same chemical (MIC) that leaked in the Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India killing thousands back in 1984. If that happens, some 200 people will lose their jobs. But there may be hope to keep those jobs because of Marcellus Shale drilling:
There is a possibility that Bayer will be expanding at the Institute plant. Company officials are considering building an ethane cracker in Institute, a project related to the development of the Marcellus Shale gas deposits.
*Charleston Gazette (Mar 2) – Motor convoy planned to show support for Bayer CropScience