Potter Township, PA, supervisors have approved a motion to draft a conditional-use permit for Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC‘s multi-billion dollar ethane cracker in Beaver County. The supervisors, who delayed approving the permit last month after a public hearing stretched over two days, must still approve the language and details included in the permit at another public hearing. The township is concerned about noise, pollution and traffic, among other things. Hearings on the matter have been contentious, according to local news media reports. The facility would be built on about 400 acres near the Ohio River in Potter and Center Townships. It would have the capacity to consume roughly 100,000 b/d of ethane. The company is still waiting on other regulatory approvals.
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