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Shell Cuts 6,500 Jobs Around the World

Just a 45-minute drive from Weirton, global oil giant Royal Dutch Shell hopes to build a multi-billion-dollar petrochemical complex that would consume some Marcellus and Utica shale ethane, much of which is now going to the Gulf Coast via pipeline.

However, the firm is now cutting 6,500 jobs around the world with oil prices less than half the level they were on at this time last year. The Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council and the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Integrity Project are now challenging the air quality permits Shell received from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to build the Monaca, Pa. ethane cracker on property formerly owned by the Horsehead Corp.

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