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‘Cracker’ plant near Pittsburgh could fuel Erie area business

“Shell Chemical Appalachia announced in June that it will indeed build a $6 billion “ethane cracker” plant along the Ohio River near Pittsburgh. Construction is expected to begin in earnest late this year and to employ as many as 6,000 workers. The plant, when it becomes operational early next decade, will permanently employ 600.” Learn more at Go Erie.

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Fossil Fuel Divestment Foolishness on Our College Campuses

“Students at dozens of academic institutions across the country have called for their university endowments to divest equities in the fossil fuel industries. When University of Denver trustees voted this week against fossil fuel divestment, many students walked out of their classes to bring awareness to this cause as the meeting took place. Fossil fuel divestment is foolish for many …

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California Climate Change Regulations Hurt the Working Class

“The old adage, “the truth hurts,” is, well, true. Maybe that’s why the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is reluctant to delve too deeply into the costs of its one-state-only crusade to single-handedly eradicate climate change, and even more unwilling to share the hard cold facts with the workers — and their families — who will actually have to pay …

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We Need Secure Energy For America

“With a new administration … (the) focus will likely change to a more market-based approach grounded in the pursuit of secure energy for America—energy that’s affordable, available, reliable and sustainable.” Learn more at Forbes.

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Noble Energy to Buy Clayton Williams for $2.7 Billion

“Noble Energy has agreed to purchase West Texas oil producer Clayton Williams Energy for $2.7 billion in cash and stock, the company said Monday. It’s part of the Houston oil producer’s efforts to expand its operation in the Delaware Basin in West Texas.” Learn more at FuelFix and the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

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Pennsylvania township OKs $6 billion ethane cracker plant

Supervisors in Potter Township, Pennsylvania have granted a conditional permit for a $6 billion ethane cracker plant proposed by Shell Chemicals. Shell has said the plant will create 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs once the plant opens. Learn more at CT Post.