Tr-State Shale Coalition Renews Plans for WV, PA & OH

by Duane Nichols on March 26, 2018

WV, OH, PA announce renewed “cooperation” on shale gas development

Appalachian states re-up commitment to Tri-State Shale Coalition

From an Article by Paul J. Gough, Pittsburgh Business Times, March 21, 2018

An effort started by the governors of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to boost the development of shale gas resources has been extended for another three years.

The Tri-State Shale Coalition began life in 2015 with a memorandum of understanding between Gov. Tom Wolf, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and then-West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. It’s designed to market for local use the natural gas resources in the Marcellus and Utica shales to boost manufacturing, including petrochemical plants like the one that is being built in Beaver County by Shell Chemicals and another considered in Belmont County, Ohio, by PTT Global Chemical and Daelim.

The new agreement runs annually through December 31, 2021. The amendment to the agreement released Wednesday appears to have no other substantive changes, and the three states’ earlier agreement outlines ways the states can co-operate to market growth in natural gas and liquids.

RELATED: Why Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio are working together to build a petrochemical industry based on shale gas

“I’m proud to continue our successful collaboration with Ohio and West Virginia to ensure that we are doing everything we can to support additional development — and the jobs and economic growth that goes with it — in a region with an unprecedented natural resource,” Wolf said in a statement.

The three states have held a Tri-State Shale Summit every year since 2015, with the most recent one held in November in Canton, Ohio. Working with the three states are three economic development and philanthropic organizations in the region, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and TeamNEO in Ohio.

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