“No PTTG” Rally/ “Plastics” Video/ Panel Speakers on Saturday (1/18/20)

by Duane Nichols on January 16, 2020

Ethane Cracker chemical plants generate thousands of tons of toxic chemicals


THIS SATURDAY in Bellaire, OH and Moundsville, WV

>> Rally Saturday, January, 18th, 11 am — 12 pm (noon)

>> Meet in lot across from Bellaire Kroger at 26th Street intersection

Meet at about 10:45. We will assemble on the sidewalks at the intersection. Bring your No PTTG signs! This will be a peaceful protest to raise awareness about the PTTG cracker plant.

We took to the streets last week in Moundsville and got great media coverage. Let’s keep the momentum going!


Just one word should be enough in this era: “plastics”

THE STORY OF PLASTIC — Video Presentation & Panel Discussion

After the rally, join Concerned Ohio River Residents for a special pre-release screening of “The Story of Plastic,” a seething expose uncovering the ugly truth behind the current global plastic pollution crisis. Interviews with experts and activists and never-before-filmed scenes reveal the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world – and the global movement rising up in response.

January 18th 1:30 – 4:30pm

>> Grave Creek Mound Historical Site Theater
>> 801 Jefferson Ave, Moundsville, WV 26041

Don’t miss the panel discussion after the film! On the panel:

1) Dr. Randi Pokladnik, a local retired research chemist will talk about the impacts of plastic and petrochemicals on health and the cracker plant’s impact on the Ohio River.

2) Terrie Baumgardner, a resident from the Beaver County, PA area will discuss what it is like living near the Shell cracker plant currently being constructed.

3) Yvette Arellano, policy research and grassroots advocate for Texas Environmental Justice and Advocacy Services, Houston, Texas. They live near petrochemical facilities in Houston, Texas.

>>> Read more about the film here.


See also: High School Curriculum: Fracking, Cracker Plants, Plastics, and You, OVEC, December 5, 2019

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Brittany Grego February 6, 2020 at 11:16 am

Environmental concern persists involving potential multi-billion dollar ethane cracker plant

From an Article by Brittany Grego, WTOV News 9, February 4th 2020

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio — There’s been some concern over how a potential multi-billion dollar ethane cracker plant in Belmont County could impact the environment in the Ohio Valley.

Citizens and scientists are worried about the potential health effects of the facility, but company officials plan to go above and beyond what is required by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Bridgeport resident Bev Reed and local scientist Yuri Gorby are part of environmental groups that are concerned about the short and long-term health effects the facility could bring.

“The PTTG is permitted to dump many tons of toxins into the river,” Reed said. “All the plastic that would come would eventually end up in our waterways, in our oceans.”

They are worried about air and water pollution that’s not always detected with the human eye. “Inhaling particles that have been moved around on truck tires or boots,” Gorby said.

Reed and Gorby traveled to Columbus recently to talk with the Ohio EPA officials and a representative from the governor’s office about their concerns, one of which focuses on the standards of the wastewater discharge permit that was issued to PTT Global Chemical America and Daelim.

However, the companies have made modifications to the permit, and they believe it is their responsibility to protect the environment. “The safeguards are in place to ensure through the environmental review process that the water will be safe to drink, the air will be safe to breathe,” said Dan Williamson, spokesman PTTGCA.

Williamson says the company plans to set goals to reduce emissions and be transparent by displaying all information online. The company has been playing an active role in helping the environment with a circular economy program that recycles and repurposes waste that is produced by the plant.

Residents want to be involved — and the companies encourage it. “It’s good for folks to be asking these questions, to want this information,” Williamson said. “They are looking out for their communities so, yes, scientists and environmental protection activists need to be a part of this conversation and we welcome their input.”

Still no final investment decision has been made. There’s no timetable yet on when that could happen.



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