Petrochemical Dreams Are Collapsing in Appalachia

 

The oil and gas industry’s dream of a petrochemical cluster in Appalachia is collapsing.

Years ago, oil and gas boosters claimed that fracking in Appalachia could generate a new petrochemical corridor in the Ohio River Valley, bringing more than 100,000 new jobs to the region’s economy.

Those plans largely fizzled.

The truth is, the petrochemical industry is incapable of generating the economic benefits that have been promised to our region for years. History shows that shared prosperity and job growth don’t come from petrochemicals or natural gas. To rejuvenate our economy and create reliable, family-sustaining jobs, we need to join in the transition to clean energy.