Shell’s ethane cracker in Beaver County will produce tiny plastic pellets that can spill or escape from the plant. Will the Ohio River be protected? RiverWise is embracing sustainability in Beaver County. Plus, there’s a new plan to keep sewage overflows out of Pittsburgh’s rivers. A CMU study finds economic value from natural gas in the region, but also premature deaths.
- Ever Hear of a Nurdle? This New Form of Pollution Could be Coming to the Ohio River - Plastic pellets can escape petrochemical plants like the one Shell is building in Beaver County, Pa. Is the Ohio Valley ready?
- RiverWise Brings Sustainability to Beaver County - Daniel Rossi-Keen, the group's executive director, says the debate around the ethane cracker being built in his county is predictable. Instead of being for or against it, his group is ready to "do the hard work of developing healthy and creative community together."
- How Much Green infrastructure Will Be Included in ALCOSAN’s $2 Billion Upgrade to Prevent Sewage Overflows? - The agency's preliminary analysis shows green infrastructure is more expensive to use to prevent sewage entering rivers than pipes and other gray infrastructure in most locations.
- Study: Natural Gas in the Region Has Brought Economic Benefits, But also Premature Deaths - Rural areas see more of an economic boost, while metro Pittsburgh and other more densely populated counties bear the brunt of premature deaths from the industry's air pollution.