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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(CORR). 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.

The following non-profit organizations are partnering with CORR to carry out the mission:

FreshWater Accountability Project (based in Ohio)

Buckeye Environmental Network (based in Ohio)

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (based in WV)

 

 

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NEWS/BLOG

Updated: Mar 24

PTTGC plan under pressure from increased competition and market uncertainty


March 21, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) – Plans to build a new petrochemical complex in Belmont County, Ohio face myriad market and other challenges, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).


The project is to be undertaken by Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical (“PTTGC”) and Dailem of South Korea with funding from the state’s economic development arm.  PTTGC has delayed making a final decision on whether to move forward with the project but says it will do so by the end of June 2020.


The IEEFA report, Proposed PTTGC Petrochemical Complex in Ohio Faces Significant Risks, questions whether the project will provide the anticipated jobs, tax revenues and other spinoff benefits to the State and the people of southeastern Ohio, as proponents claim. It is part of a larger plan to establish a second U.S. petrochemical hub in the Ohio River Valley, akin to the one situated along the U.S. Gulf Coast.


“The risks are becoming insurmountable. The price of plastics is sinking and the market is already oversupplied due to industry overbuilding and increased competition,” said Tom Sanzillo, IEEFA’s director of finance and author of the report.


The report identifies principal risks as:

Plastics prices today are 40% below the 2010-2013 period when the project was originally proposed. Weak prices will drive profit margins below investment targets.   

Oversupply from a global industry-wide plastics buildout is likely to drive prices and revenues down. Supply/demand imbalances are likely to last through 2026.  

PTTGC faces stiff competition from major companies – ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, Chevron ‒ that have existing relationships in the U.S. market. 

Slower U.S. (and global) economic growth projections by the International Monetary Fund suggest a slowdown that will impact both volume and prices.

PTTGC risks negative credit actions from pursuing the Ohio project at this turbulent time.  Uncertainty over federal government policies add to the risk factors.


JobsOhio, the state’s privatized economic development arm, has provided $50 million in pre-development grants to PTTGC in the past two years as an incentive for the company to move forward with the full investment. The company estimates that construction will take 3½ years to complete.


The question for decision makers who are looking to provide jobs, community revitalization and tax revenues for distressed communities is: will this project actually provide those benefits?” Sanzillo concluded.


Tom Sanzillo is IEEFA’s director of finance. Kathy Hipple is an IEEFA financial analyst. Suzanne Mattei is an IEEFA energy policy analyst.


Full report: Proposed PTTGC Petrochemical Complex in Ohio Faces Significant Risks

Media contact: Vivienne Heston (vheston@ieefa.org), tel: +1 (914) 439-8921


About IEEFA

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) conducts research and analyses on financial and economic issues related to energy and the environment. The Institute’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a diverse, sustainable and profitable energy economy. (www.ieefa.org)


https://ieefa.org/ieefa-u-s-ohio-petrochemical-project-faces-high-risks-and-shaky-outlook/


For Immediate Release: March 12, 2020


Local Residents: Financial Woes Show Cracker Plant a Poor Decision for the Ohio Valley


Bridgeport, OH: Concerned Ohio River Residents reiterate that the proposed petrochemical buildout in the Ohio Valley is not economically sustainable, citing several significant recent developments including:


• the environmental permit lapse for the proposed Mountaineer Storage Project,

• the continued investment decision delay of the proposed PTT Global fossil fuel-to-plastic cracker plant in Belmont County, OH, and

• the ongoing collapse of the local and global Oil & Gas market.


We view these financial indicators, compounding the evidence of environmental and community health concerns, as further proof that the proposed Ohio Valley petrochemical buildout is an irresponsible decision.


Further community efforts and investment must be directed towards long term prosperity which involves diversifying our economy away from fossil fuels, including ethane cracker plants. On March 10, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) of Cleveland, Ohio reported that, “Mountaineer NGL storage project loses its environmental permit.” 1 This permit lapse of what would be one of the PTTG ethane cracker plant’s largest business partners further complicates the financing of the proposed PTTG cracker plant. The update states, “if this permit comes before the state agency again, a closer look regarding the sponsors’ ability to carry out the project is in order.”


This lapse and ongoing financial struggles are merely the latest indicators that the petrochemical industry is not sustainable, and should not be expanded in the Ohio Valley. PTTG recently delayed its cracker plant investment decision again, this time to Summer 2020. What’s more, the Monaca, PA cracker plant owner, Royal Dutch Shell, lost more than $25 billion in market value (down 14.1%) in a single day this week2 , while PTTG lost 24% in market value3. This follows a staggering 42 Oil and Gas companies declaring bankruptcy4

and several of the largest petrochemical companies seeing their credit ratings downgraded5

in 2019.


“When the environmental and community health concerns are considered the Oil and Gas industry is simply not sustainable, and its valuation is starting to reflect these realities,” says CORR leader, Dr. Vincent DeGeorge. “The Ohio Valley deserves a better, cleaner, and more sustainable future which includes jobs for generations to come, not the short term boom/bust volatility of the extractive and petrochemical industries that will only compound the economic, environmental, and community health problems we are already facing,” Bev Reed, CORR Organizer, Ohio Valley resident.


CORR holds regular meetings and events. Additional information and a list of upcoming events can be found on Concerned Ohio River Residents’ Facebook page and at www.nocrackerplantov.com.


Bev Reed

Buckeye Environmental Network

CORR Organizer/Liaison


Vincent DeGeorge, PhD

President, Ohio Valley Peace

CORR Leader


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Sources:

[1] Tom Sanzillo, “IEEFA Ohio: Mountaineer NGL storage project loses its environmental permit,” Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, March 10, 2020, https://ieefa.org/ieefa-update-mountaineer-ngl-storage-project-loses-its-environmental-permit/.

[2]Sarah Hansen, “Oil Price War: BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron Stocks Shed Billions After Saudis Shock With Massive Cuts,” Forbes, March 9, 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahhansen/2020/03/09/oil-price-war-bp-royal-dutch-shell-chevron-stocks-shed-billions-after-saudis-shock-with-massive-cuts/#52d9282c4d24.

[3] Polkuamdee and Pathom Sangwongwancih, “Local energy shares free fall,” Bangkok Post, March 9, 2020, https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1874929/local-energy-shares-free-fall.

[4] Haynesboone. “OIL PATCH BANKRUPTCY MONITOR.” Jan 17, 2020. https://www.haynesboone.com/-/media/Files/Energy_Bankruptcy_Reports/Oil_Patch_Bankruptcy_Monitor

[5] Bill Holland, “S&P downgrades ratings of six US shale gas producers, puts negative outlook on sector.” Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Feb 5, 2020, https://ieefa.org/sp-downgrades-ratings-of-six-u-s-shale-gas-producers-puts-negative-outlook-on-sector/


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