The ethane cracker that Shell is building in Beaver County will produce 1.8 million tons of plastic pellets each year. This plastic can be turned into products like plastic bags, milk jugs and medical equipment. How does ethane from natural gas get turned into plastic? And what could happen to all of that plastic as the region ramps up to become a major hub for plastic production? Our video explains.
This video is produced in partnership with StateImpact Pennsylvania, a collaboration among The Allegheny Front, WESA, WITF and WHYY to cover the commonwealth’s energy economy.