Cuyahoga – Legislation proposed by Senators Michael J. Skindell and Denise Driehaus to establish a moratorium on horizontal stimulation of oil and gas wells until US EPA publishes a report containing the results of a study of the relationship of hydraulic fracturing to drinking water resources and the Chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management issues a report analyzing how Ohio’s rules address issues raised in the US EPA report.

Erie – The taking and/or removal of natural gas or oil from and under the bed of Lake Erie is banned.

Medina – Trustees of the town of Hinkley voted to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing on township-owned property. The prohibition does not apply to private property ownerrs and the township does not control private property owners decisions to sell or lease their land.

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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.