In the next three years it is predicted that Pennsylvania will produce the most natural gas in the United States and state officials are determined to keep the jobs that come with it to people in the state.
The Community College of Beaver County (PA) held a forum of state officials and along with area officials from Western, PA. At the conference they were promoting a tax credit that would make petrochemical companies to bring thousands of jobs to Pennsylvania by having these companies process things such as ethane, which is a gas byproduct.
The tax credit would be called The Pennsylvania resource manufacturing tax, but it won't be in effect until 2017. There would be 66 million dollars in annual tax relief adding up to $1.7 billion available to whatever companies meet the states demands.
Shell Oil Co. wants to make an ethane processing plant in Beaver County. Pa Gov Tom Corbett and his office hopes the tax credit convinces the company to build in PA because the Gulf States and Ohio and West Virginia are trying to get the company to build in their states.
Shell Oil has a concern that where they are going to build the ethane plant the ethane feedstock will not be available by 2017 when it starts building in Potter Township, Beaver County (PA).
It is estimated the Shell plant would bring to PA 400 plant jobs, 10,000 construction jobs and 17,000 jobs with industries associated with it.
Pennsylvania Labor and Industry secretary,Julia Hearthway said they want to bring the industry to the whole northeastern United States and says the efforts can bring thousands of jobs with it.
Beaver County Builders Trade Union President Sam Brodonovich says he has 40,000 workers willing and able to start construction of this plant.
Hearthaway said with this plant, Pennsylvania's 6% unemployment rate could greatly drop.
In this plant ethane would be turned into ethylene a petrochemical that makes things such as diapers and computer parts, plus a lethora of other things.