Columbus Dispatch Opinion Letter: ‘Dark Waters’ nightmare happening here in Ohio

Updated: Apr 5

Retired research chemist, volunteer, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

As I sat and watched the newly released movie “Dark Waters,” I thought, “This could be the future of the Ohio River Valley.” Inspired by a true story, the movie tells how a multinational company knowingly and willingly poisoned thousands of residents of Parkersburg, West Virginia, for decades, all to make billions of dollars.

Parkersburg is not unique. There are hundreds of places across the United States where industries continue to dump known toxins into waterways while leaders and politicians look the other way.

Ohio’s regulatory agencies know millions of tons of toxins will be coming out of the plastics cracker smokestacks and into the air. They know toxic organic compounds will be flowing into the Ohio River.

There have been no baseline studies to determine the amounts of plasticizers and microplastics now present in the Ohio River, the drinking water source for over 5 million people. Based on peer reviewed studies, we know that these compounds are carcinogenic and endocrine disruptors.

We have pleaded with Gov. Mike DeWine to meet with us. He ignores us and instead met with PTT Global Chemical officials last week.

Just like the story of “Dark Waters,” money has become more important to our local, state and federal politicians than the lives or the future of Ohio Valley residents.




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 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. We are supported by our partners who are other grassroots organizations (some national, some more local).

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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