Fracking ruled out as contributor to East Coast quake

Fracking ruled out as contributor to East Coast quake

Despite blog posts and Internet essays, expanded gas drilling had nothing to do with the Aug. 23 Virginia earthquake that shook the region, several scientists said. No one has connected the “hydraulic fracturing” drilling technique used in shale layers with strong, widespread earthquakes.  Read more.

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Ethane Cracker Plant

Shell recently announced that they will be building a $6 billion ethane cracker plant near Pittsburgh. This plant will boost employment, economic development, and commercial real estate, while encouraging more shale drilling throughout the region.


The upcoming construction of the new multi-billion dollar Shell ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, PA, means that there are unlimited opportunities for everyone who is involved in any aspect of regional business development. Marcellus Utica Connection is seeking strategic partners to launch marketing initiatives and connect the different industries that will most benefit during this time of unprecedented growth.