Shell Chemical Appalachia’s petrochemical complex has begun to rise from a dusty Beaver County brownfield that follows a slow bend in the Ohio River near Monaca. It took hefty tax incentives to secure it. The nation’s largest zinc smelter was razed to make room for it. More than 7 million cubic feet of…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Shale gas build-​out raises prospects for jobs and air pollution
Orange plastic curtains protect passers-​by from blow torch-​wielding workers who are learning to weld in a new training facility for Steamfitters Local 449. The building on the border of Butler and Beaver counties represents an $18 million bet on a building boom that economists and government officials say the nearby Shell cracker plant…

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  • Issue Quarter Between the Issues
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Friends and foes see it in different ways
Certainly, it’s not great news that Pittsburgh didn’t win a $50 million federal Smart City Challenge grant to redesign its transportation system.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2016
In the current issue of Pittsburgh Quarterly, Publisher Doug Heuck notes the collaborative work of Pittsburgh civic leaders in helping Pittsburgh’s economic rebirth. The recent announcement that Shell is now committed to building an ethane “cracker” plant in Beaver County is an opportunity to increase that collaboration.

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  • Issue Quarter Between the Issues
  • Issue Year 2016
  • Sub Heading thinkingPittsburgh
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