Say No to Cracker

Editor, News-Register:

While visiting a beautiful little town in the mountains of Banner Elk, N.C., I picked up a June 2018 issue of “Blue Ridge Outdoors.”

As I began to look through the magazine, what caught my eye was the picture of Dilles Bottom and Moundsville. The article is titled “Appalachians $84 Billion Secret,” written by Natalie Stickel.

I have never been silent when it comes to the proposed cracker plant across the river from Moundsville. This article confirms my thoughts.

People need to be aware of what is in store for the area that surrounds the plant as well as health hazards to each of us.

The article begins with the “Biggest Energy Project you’ve never heard of commonly goes by acronym ASTH — the Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub. This massive petrochemical hub in WV and Pennsylvania would be the largest infrastructure in the region’s history, consisting of hundreds of miles of pipelines, fracked gas processing facilities and underground storage of petrochemical and fracked gas liquids.

“Its powerful backers — including the Trump administration, the Chinese government and Shell Oil — claim it will revitalize a region torn apart by a fizzling coal industry. President Trump and Xi Jinping, the president of China signed on to invest nearly 84 billion in the ASTH over the next two decades.

“U.S. Representative David McKinley (R-WV) says the petrochemical hub ‘fits in well with Trump’s desire for more federal infrastructure investment.’ Opponents say it will be the country Cancer Alley. …

“Most of the ASTH will be built along the Ohio River, which the EPA has identified as the most polluted body of water in the country for the last seven years. The Ohio River also provides drinking water for millions of people in the region. …

“Leaks, spills and explosions are also industry-admitted risks. Appalachia’s Cancer Alley could be more dangerous than the Gulf Coast because of its mountainous topography. Air pollution gets trapped in the low valleys like a smothering blanket and any leaked gases from underground storage could remain stagnant and ignite with one spark.

“What about jobs? Plant operations which are heavily automated will create an estimated 350 to 1,200 permanent jobs. For pipelines, the number of permanent jobs will likely be even smaller. The Brookings Institution found that the Dakota Access Pipeline will provide only 40 full time post-construction positions.”

Dustin White a resident of West Virginia who was quoted in the article, believes there are wiser choices for the future of this beautiful region, choices which preserve its natural resources and priority the health of all over the profits for a few.

My concern is for the health of my family and yours as well as generations to come. Do we really need a cracker plant here. No!

This is a partial copy of the article. Please go to BLUERIDGEOUTDOORS.COM for the complete article. page 13 of the June 2018 issue.

You can also read what Dustin White, a resident of WV and John Morgan a resident of Belmont County, OH since 1979 have to say in the article.

Debra Thiele



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