U.S. Chemical Industry Investment Linked to Shale Gas Tops $164B!

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) participated in a Hudson Institute event yesterday. During a presentation made by the ACC, they announced that U.S. chemical industry investment linked to plentiful and affordable natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) from shale formations has reached an astonishing $164 billion. Some 40% of that investment is for the 264 projects – new facilities, expansions and factory re-starts – that is either completed or underway. Another 55% are for projects in the planning phase. This is a big deal folks. ACC’s research shows the investments tied to shale will lead to $105 billion per year in new chemical industry output and support 738,000 permanent new jobs across the U.S. economy by 2023–including 69,000 new chemical industry jobs, 357,000 jobs in supplier industries and 312,000 jobs in communities where workers spend their wages. Below we have a variety of resources for you. We have the ACC announcement with many interesting facts and figures. We also have a fact sheet summarizing their research, a copy of the slide deck used for the presentation (with really cool slides), and a copy of a study the ACC published in 2013 with a list of the companies who, at that time, had announced major downstream projects using shale-related natural gas and liquids…

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