Tri-State Area Becoming a Key Processing Center

From Crain's Cleveland Business:
Anyone on top of the right rocks can drill for shale gas, but the Appalachia region is shaping up to become more than just a lucky exporter of raw commodities in terms of natural gas.

The region is on the road to becoming a processing center, producing raw materials for the chemical and plastics industries, as well as furnaces, here and on the East Coast.

That profitable processing largely has been done on the Gulf Coast, and no one is saying the northern Ohio River region will rival the behemoth industry housed there. But some recent events, taken together, indicate that the tri-state region of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia on the Ohio River will end up working with more of the ethane, ethylene and other valuable natural gas byproducts than many thought would be the case just a few weeks ago.

“It means that there will be more ethane and natural gas liquids for local or regional processing and production,” said Jim Samuel, founder and CEO of Columbus-based Capitol Integrity Group, which consults for the oil and gas industry on strategic issues.
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