Development of this massive natural gas reserve has the potential to transform West Virginia and our region. Among the most exciting prospects is the possibility of locating an ethane “cracking” facility (cracker) in the Kanawha Valley.
The cracker would process the ethane extracted from the Marcellus Shale into ethylene, the building block for many of the world’s chemical products. The cracker would bring billions in capital investments, create hundreds of direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs, and spark a renaissance of the area’s pre-eminence in the chemical industry.
The Charleston Area Alliance, along with strategic partners including the Chemical Alliance Zone, Bayer, the WV Oil and Natural Gas Association, the Kanawha County Commission and other governmental partners, has spearheaded a strong effort to showcase our region’s exceptional assets and capabilities to businesses considering locations for construction of a cracker.
Our outreach has been underway for more than a year. As interested companies continue their decision making and due diligence processes, they weigh the level of community support for a cracker project.
If you would like to help send a message loud and clear that the Kanawha Valley is open for business and welcomes the possibility of a cracker, please add your name to an open letter in support of a cracker by clicking here.
After signing the open letter, you will have the option of allowing the Alliance to use your name, title and company name in communication efforts supporting recruitment of a cracker (such as advertisements, news releases, social media messages, e-blasts, etc.).
We will only use your name and/or title, company name, attached to this content related to attracting a cracking facility. Thank you for helping us take a “crack” at bright new future and for your support of the Charleston Area Alliance!