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A Better Vision for the Valley

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Join local community members and business owners for a day of visioning for the economic future of the Ohio Valley.

We will discuss what we would like to see as an alternative to the petrochemical industry for our area.

We will invite local elected officials, visitor and tourism bureaus and economic directors along with local residents to brainstorm to steer the economic plans away from fossil fuels and into a more sustainable future with jobs that are less polluting and more long-term. We will discuss what we would like to see as an alternative to the petrochemical industry for our area. Please bring your ideas and vision for the Valley and we will brainstorm with the community about how to make it happen!

We are a group of grassroots organizations (some national, some more local) as well as Ohio Valley citizens concerned about the extremely detrimental toll that the PTT Global ethane cracker plant will take on our health, air, water and future if it is built, and we are organizing an effort to stop it from coming to the beautiful Ohio Valley. This website is dedicated to informing the public about the proposed project and the plethora of negative effects that it will bring if built, as well as being a resource that provides anyone the tools and connections needed to get involved.

A petrochemical and refining company named PTT Global Chemical has proposed to build an ethane chemical “cracker” plant in Dilles Bottom, OH- about 5 miles south of Shadyside, OH and directly West across the Ohio River from Moundsville, WV. This is a Thailand-based company. Cracker plants essentially take ethane produced from fracked gas and turn it into plastic pellets that will then be shipped to other companies that will use them to create plastic products. Other products are created at these types of facilities as well, however the majority of the process will be for plastic creation at this plant if it is built. Please see the ‘What is a Cracker Plant?’ to learn more about the physical process. The Plant IS NOT a done deal yet. We are legally appealing the air pollution permit that PTTG got rubber stamped by the Ohio EPA in Dec. 2018 because it was extremely deficient and was not protective of our air. Please see this article from the Sierra Club about the appeal. Local opposition is important at this time as well. Please see the “Get Involved” tab to explore other ways your voice can be heard. 


May 11th 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Wheeling Jesuit University
316 Washington Ave
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Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition