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The organization who manages this page and who is leading the efforts pertaining to protecting the Ohio River Valley from a petrochemical build-out is called Concerned Ohio River Residents. Click HERE to view our Facebook page. We are a group of grassroots organizations (some national, some more local) as well as Ohio Valley citizens concerned about the extremely detrimental toll that the PTT Global ethane cracker plant will take on our health, air, water and future if it is built, and we are organizing an effort to stop it from coming to the beautiful Ohio Valley. This website is dedicated to informing the public about the proposed project and the plethora of negative effects that it will bring if built, as well as being a resource that provides anyone the tools and connections needed to get involved.

A petrochemical and refining company named PTT Global Chemical has proposed to build an ethane chemical "cracker" plant in Dilles Bottom, OH- about 5 miles south of Shadyside, OH and directly West across the Ohio River from Moundsville, WV. This is a Thailand-based company. Cracker plants essentially take ethane produced from fracked gas and turn it into plastic pellets that will then be shipped to other companies that will use them to create plastic products. Other products are created at these types of facilities as well, however the majority of the process will be for plastic creation at this plant if it is built. Please see the 'What is a Cracker Plant?' tab to learn more about the physical process. The Plant IS NOT a done deal yet. Local opposition is important at this time. Please see the "Get Involved" tab to explore other ways your voice can be heard. The Ohio Valley deserves better than this toxic industry. We deserve something sustainable and something that won't pollute our air and water more than it already is and something that won't turn into a bust after a few decades. We are standing in solidarity together and advocating for a better future for our region and our planet.

Send an email to info@pttgcamerica.com and express your personal concerns pertaining to the cracker plant directly to the company or click here to be directed to the company contact page.

 

 

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A Better Vision for the Valley

 

On May 11th, 2019 citizens gathered at Wheeling Jesuit University for what was called "A Better Vision for the Valley"(scroll down for entire blog on the event). There were various speakers who touched on things like fracking and health, the economics of fracking, environmental legal action citizens can take and more. Citizens had a unique opportunity to brainstorm and share their vision for the Valley. Videos of all of the speakers who presented can be viewed below. This video captures the essence of the event:

Southwest PA Environmental Health Project presented on shale gas development and health

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis presented on the economics of fracking and "green" energy infrastructure.

Grow Ohio Valley presented on the importance of healthy, local food and what their organization is doing/plans to do in the future for the Ohio Valley.

Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services is a A 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm that uses a sliding scale for environmental legal services for modest means clients. Please see video for a description of what services Fair Shake can offer. Their work has been key to the Ohio River Valley (they provide services in PA and OH, and are working towards getting into WV) as they represent clients with various environmental legal issues.

Two members from the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) based in Huntington, WV discuss their Reimagine Our Appalachian Region (ROAR) program.

"A Better Vision for the Valley" A Success

 

A Better Vision for the Valley, was an inspirational conference organized by FreshWater Accountability Project and attended by many residents from the Ohio Valley, as well as representatives from numerous environmental groups. It took place on May 11, 2019 at Wheeling Jesuit University. Impactful speakers shared their knowledge about the environmental and public health crisis we are facing due to the oil and gas and petrochemical development in Appalachia. Sustainable alternatives were discussed, including ideas generated on how to move forward creating renewable energy economies and regenerative agricultural development for a brighter and healthier future for the Ohio Valley.

 

Patricia DeMarco, the keynote speaker discussed the principles in her book, “Choosing a Sustainable Pathway for our Future”. She stated that regenerative agriculture and renewable energy can improve not just the environment, but people’s everyday lives “Saving the environment is saving jobs. Because our economies depend on nature for filtering our water, providing oxygen, and all the essentials of a healthy and sustainable life.” Her insights on the pathway forward to a brighter future were awe-inspiring and greatly appreciated.

 

The Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis gave a presentation entitled: “Fracking, Financial Risk & Our Future Economy”. Kathy Hipple provided a clear picture of the oil and gas industry’s financial insecurity, which was a motivating force to remain hopeful and to continue to work towards the changes we want to see in our world.

 

Dustin White and Alex Cole from the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition talked about their program, Re-Imagining Our Appalachian Region (ROAR), as well as their work on crucial issues in the Ohio valley including mountain-top removal, the petrochemical hub, fracking, pipelines and more. They offered support for area residents and stated they would assist them and to reach out when in need.

 

Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project’s Associate Director, Jill Kriesky, outlined oil and gas industry threats to public health, and the externalized cost of the pollution. She offered support and to be a resource to impacted citizens.

Megan Hunter, attorney with Fair Shake Environmental Services empowered impacted citizens to file official complaints to the regulatory agencies. She also gave details about Fair Shakes’ Community Outreach and Empowerment Program, which offers affordable legal representation to those living with polluting industry.

 

After the speakers enlightened those in attendance, we gathered in groups and began visioning a better future for the valley. Each group shared their vision with the rest. Hemp cultivation and processing was a major part of the envisioned future. We hoped the proposed Dillies Bottom site for PTTGCA cracker plant could instead become a hemp farm. We learned that the salt caverns, a few miles down river near Clarington, could be used to store solar energy replacing the proposed ethane storage project at the site.

 

Grow Ohio Valley spoke about the importance of securing healthy, and locally grown food and we saw great potential to do so in the region. The abandoned factories on both side of the river were destined to be greenhouses in our vision. Many sustainable economic development ideas were generated and action steps determined.

 

Acknowledgement of the original inhabitants of the Ohio Valley were made and respect given to their ancient ways of living in balance and harmony with the natural world. “There was a time, not so long ago, when you could drink the waters flowing in the Ohio. Now it is the most polluted river in the country. We must make a commitment to learn the ancient ways of the indigenous people to restore peace with nature and secure a happy and healthy future for our children.

 

Local county commissioners, city council members, economic development offices, and others were contacted and invited to the conference. We were disappointed that only one local official was present- a city council member from Wheeling, because we know how important it is to have local officials embrace an expanded view of the Ohio Valleys future. We need a diversified economy, not one dependent on polluting boom and bust fossil fuel industries. We are a vulnerable people here in Appalachia, due to the poverty that we are kept in by greedy, exploitative corporations and their puppet politicians.

 

A living wage is not easy to come by in the hills of Ohio and West Virginia. Therefore, when a toxic industry is promoted by state and local authorities, as a way to create jobs and economic prosperity, there are few questions asked. People just need a job. They can’t worry about what the industrial pollution will do to their air and water, or their children’s future. They have to feed their families anyway they can in an effort to simply survive.

 

A better vision is needed for the Ohio Valley. The continued exploitation of our natural resources by the fossil fuel industry will result in an environmental and public health disaster. I know this to be true. I have witnessed the devastating effects of coal mining and oil and gas exploration. Upon a recent visit to my mother’s childhood home, just a few miles upstream from the Ohio River in Belmont County Ohio, we were heartsick to find a drastically changed landscape and acid mining drainage from the coal mining that is occurring right at the spot where my mother’s home once stood.

 

We will continue to try and engage our elected officials and community members to support a diversified and better future for the Ohio Valley. We do have the power to make positive changes in our communities, but we must act now. We shall remain persistent and resistant to all that threatens our children’s future. A’ho.

 

 

Jill A. Hunkler