The project would cost $2 billion to $4 billion and lead to the hiring of thousands of workers, according to company and state officials. It would be located in` an industrial area in Washington, W.Va., within view of the Ohio River and about 35 miles from Athens, Ohio.
“To have a polyethylene plant right across from the river would do wonders for Marietta all the way up to Akron,” said Shawn Bennett, an Ohio-based spokesman for Energy in Depth, an energy-industry advocacy group.
Bennett is optimistic that the plan will come together but also aware that there are many hurdles. “A lot of work still needs to be done on this,” he said.