Belmont County Cracker Plant Likely to Force Some Residents to Move

From The Intelligencer:
The skyline alongside the Ohio River will soon change, as contractors plan to demolish the stack of the R.E. Burger Plant by the end of the month to make room for a multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker.

Since officials with Royal Dutch Shell confirmed plans to build their giant petrochemical plant near Monaca, Pa., anticipation for the PTT Global America project in Belmont County has continued building. Although PTT executives had hoped to make a final investment determination this year, company spokesman Dan Williamson this week said the final decision will likely occur next year. 
“We are continuing the front-end engineering design process. The site remediation is also in progress. We will have enough information to announce a final investment decision in the first quarter of 2017,” Williamson said. 
As contractors working for FirstEnergy Corp. work to clear the former R.E. Burger Plant for about one-third of the land needed to construct the massive ethane cracker, many of those living to the west of Burger are learning they would need to move if Thailand-based PTT elects to proceed with the project. Company officials maintain it is too early to tell what properties they will need to build the plant, but some residents say officials have been in touch with them about acquiring their land.
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