Critical Condition: ‘The Shale Crescent’ and the Dream of an Appalachian Petrochemical Boom

An Ohio River Valley Institute Forum
Join the Ohio River Valley Institute as we take the pulse of Appalachia’s petrochemical buildout.


The prospect of Appalachian petrochemical development has reached a critical juncture.

For more than a decade, policymakers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia have built their economic development strategies around the expectation that the region’s abundant supplies of natural gas would trigger a vast expansion of energy and manufacturing, bringing with it jobs and prosperity. But development of major projects in the region stalled, and well before the onset of the coronavirus crisis. In the virus’ aftermath, both global markets and policy responses to climate change have thrown into doubt the viability of the Appalachian petrochemical dream.

What’s the likelihood of an Appalachian petrochemical buildout? How would our region change if one takes place? What will happen if it doesn’t?


On Wednesday, February 3, at 10:30 AM, join us for our inaugural forum, “Critical Condition: ‘The Shale Crescent’ and the Dream of an Appalachian Petrochemical Boom,” an expert panel discussion and Q&A on the future of regional petrochemical development.


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Our panelists include Kathy Hipple, Professor of Finance at Bard’s MBA in Sustainability and former financial analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), John Hanger, energy consultant and former Pennsylvania Secretary of Environmental Protection, and Anne Keller, a former Wood-Mackenzie petrochemical analyst and current industry consultant.

We look forward to seeing you on February 3rd!