17 Jan '12, 1am

Following The Fracking Boom: Will More Gulf Coast Workers Move To Pittsburgh, Wil Air Quality Worsen?

Following The Fracking Boom: Will More Gulf Coast Workers Move To Pittsburgh, Wil Air Quality Worsen?

"Cracker" is industry lingo for a plant that takes oil and gas and breaks them up into smaller molecules. An ethane cracker creates ethylene, a compound used in the manufacture of plastic. There's much more ethane in Appalachia these days thanks to controversial drilling techniques known colloquially as "fracking."Beverly Saylor, a geologist at Case Western Reserve University, says it has been awhile since companies looked to build new crackers in the U.S. "Plastic was made overseas, and that's because there wasn't enough natural gas," she says. "But now with all the shale gas development, the price has come down on that, and so it's now worth it." Construction of a cracker facility could cost several billion dollars and employ as many as 10,000 construction workers at its peak. Once up and running, a world-class refinery could spread over several hundred acres and possibl...

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