Governor: Pa. plant decision probably next year

MONACA, Pa. (AP) — Officials say an oil company’s decision on whether to build a proposed petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania may be pushed back to next year.

Governor Tom Corbett told the Pittsburgh Business Times (http://bit.ly/182M35F ) on Friday that he “never had June as a date” for Shell Oil Co. to decide on the multibillion-dollar plant.

The governor said he’s always thought “it would be early next year.” And he said his conversations with officials indicate “they’re still moving forward.”

The June 30 deadline stems from a six-month extension Shell negotiated at year’s end Horsehead Corp. for the site about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The so-called cracker plant would convert natural gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale into chemicals such as ethylene used to make plastics and other products.

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