About Concerned Ohio River Residents
We are Ohio Valley citizens concerned about the extremely detrimental toll that the proposed PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker plant will take on our health, air, water and future. We're organizing an effort to stop the plant 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. We also want to provide you with the tools and connections needed to get involved. We are supported by our partners who are other grassroots organizations (some national, some more local).
Currently, our main project is stopping the PTTG cracker plant. A Thailand-based 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 across the Ohio River from Moundsville, WV. Cracker plants essentially convert ethane produced from fracked gas into plastic pellets, which are then outsourced 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.
The ethane cracker is not yet a done deal. Local opposition is paramount at this time, and we want your voice to be heard.
The Ohio Valley deserves better than this toxic industry. We deserve something sustainable, something that won't further contaminate our already-polluted air and water, something that won't deteriorate into a bust after a few decades. We are standing in solidarity together to advocate a better future for our region and our planet.
Another proposed petrochemical project is the Appalachian Storage Hub, a misleading term used to describe a mega-infrastructure project that would
greatly expand unconventional oil and gas drilling (fracking) in our state and region. If built, this petrochemical complex would include five or more cracker plants and regulating stations. A Duquesne University study found that the Shell cracker plant in Monaca, PA would require an additional 1,000 additional fracked gas wells be drilled every 5-10 years, and the PTTGC plant would be comparable in size - slightly smaller than - that facility. Various natural gas liquids would be deposited in underground storage facilities and transported via up to 15 possible pipelines. The petrochemical complex would roughly follow the course of the Upper and Lower Ohio River Valleys.
Currently, it is uncertain whether most of the infrastructure would be located on the Ohio side or the West Virginia side of the river. It would cost billions of dollars to construct. Please see the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) website for more details on the Appalachian Storage Hub project and how to get involved with their initiatives in WV.
Jill Hunkler is a mother, teacher, artist, writer, environmental advocate, and grassroots organizer. She is a seventh generation Ohio resident in Belmont County, the most heavily fracked in the state. She considers herself a fracking refugee. Due to the vast oil and gas infrastructure that polluted her country home in the Slope Creek Valley, she experienced negative health impacts, and was forced to relocate. She educates the public about the threats we face due to the polluting and destructive oil and gas and petrochemical industries. She has helped empower people in her community and beyond to stand up for their rights for a healthy environment. Together they had some success in their protective campaigns. Her mission is to promote peace, clean energy solutions, and a healthy and protected Mother Earth for current and future generations.
Ben Hunkler has been organizing with Concerned Ohio River Residents since July 2020. He provides communications, community development, and event planning support to CORR and partner organizations. For generations, Ben's family has called Belmont County home.