Tim Ryan, U.S. Congressman from Ohio

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, April 30:

Drawing of Shell cracker plant
Shell Cemical website

The Utica Shale drilling boom that’s been fading of late in northeast Ohio may be getting an international boost.

Ethane is critical for making things like polymers, plastic, and paint. It’s also a companion product from natural gas wells--and wells in Ohio’s Utica shale are typically rich with it.  

A U.S. Energy Information Administration report finds the country is now leading the world in an international export market for ethane.

photo of University Hospitals Lerner Tower

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, March 12:

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, December 22:

Ohio RIver near plant site
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The decision on whether to build a multi-billion-dollar cracker plant in eastern Ohio is expected by the end of March and key environmental permits may already be in place.

Allen Fore VP of Communications, Kinder Morgan, Inc.
Tim Rudell / WKSU

The proposed Utopia East ethane pipeline across northern Ohio will boost the regional economy by a $300 million, according to an economic impact study released this week.

Backers say the prediction is likely to hold up because the pipeline’s content is insulated against the turmoil in the world’s oil and gas markets.

Pipeline Map for Apalachian Region

Another step has been taken in building the region’s first “cracker.” That’s a processing plant that can turn ethane from Ohio’s Utica Shale into chemicals used by the polymer, plastics, and paint industries. 

Royal Dutch Shell said in June it will go ahead with the construction of the $5 billion cracker just east of the Ohio line in Beaver County, Pa. This month the company is starting to acquire right-of-way for a pipeline from the Utica shale hubs in Harrison County to the plant.

Typical pipeline construction
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Despite the stall in the Utica Shale boom, the nation’s biggest pipeline company is set to begin construction on a half-a-billion dollar transmission system across northern Ohio. 

Kinder Morgan’s ‘Utopia East’ pipeline would be for ethane, a secondary product of natural gas drilling vital to chemical plants. The 12- inch line is planned to run from Harrison County to a system near Toledo; that would send the ethane on to Canada.