Opposition Growing Against Natural Gas Pipeline To Supply
Beaver Co. Cracker Plant
Shell Cracker under construction in Ohio
River Valley in Beaver County, PA
KDKA-TV, CBS News 2, Pittsburgh, December 3, 2018
BEAVER, Pa. Some pipelines in the region have ruptured, causing
massive explosions. Others under construction, like the Mariner
East pipeline, have been slapped with hundreds of violations for
Now, opposition is growing for another pipeline to supply the
cracker plant in Beaver County.
With the sprawling $6 billion plant under construction on the
banks of the Ohio River, Shell Oil promises to bring thousands of
jobs and economic vitality back to the county.
The mammoth plant also, however, brings safety and environmental
concerns, including the proposed pipeline that will bring it
Theres never been a pipeline that never leaked. Thats a fact.
Every pipeline leaks sooner or later, and some of them, as we just
saw in Center Township, they explode, Bob Schmetzer, of Aliquppa,
New natural gas pipelines are criss-crossing the state, and the
Energy Transfer Company gas line exploded less than a week into its
operation. The fact that the explosion was caused by shifting
ground doesnt inspire confidence in homeowners like Rachel
We certainly know that this past year with the rains, weve seen
a lot of landslides, and it looks like that was the reason that
that happened. So, you know, its scary that there wasnt more
preparation and understanding that that could have been something
that would happen, Meyer said.
The cracker plant will need a continual supply of ethane gas to
crack or transform into plastics. Shell is proposing the
two-legged, 97-mile Falcon Pipeline to bring the gas from
Washington County, Ohio and West Virginia.
But it will need to cross streams and wetlands like the Beaver
County Conservation District and the headwaters and water line of
the Ambridge reservoir that supplies more than 6 million gallons of
water per day to people in Allegheny and Beaver counties.
Residents like Bob Schmetzer worry about pollution and spills
contaminating the water su...