Shell’s $6 billion ethane cracker in Beaver County could be the first of several large chemical plants in the region. That’s because there’s enough ethane being produced to provide the chemical industry with the raw material without any additional drilling.
The nation's nuclear power industry is having a tough time. Like coal companies, it's struggling amid slowing demand for electricity, and competition from cheaper natural gas. That's why the nuclear industry has been turning to state legislatures for help.
In parts of coal country environmental regulations aren’t killing jobs, they’re creating them. Stream restoration made possible under the Clean Water Act is a multi-billion dollar industry and some former coal miners are finding work thanks to this revenue stream.