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Hell No Shell! in Beaver, PA

Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States—proposed site of ethane cracking plant—Joanne Martin

Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States—proposed site of ethane cracking plant—Joanne Martin

We chose the planned site for an ethane petrochemical plant—to be largest in the country, second largest in the world—which will be sited along a formerly tree lined river across from a quiet quaint community.

The sense of pain and loss is profound—for those new to the area, and for those who have lived in and loved this landscape for generations.

When people first arrived there were stories of anger, disappointment and a sense of hopelessness. This was transformed as people returned from wandering with their bird-making materials. The group engaged now more with a sense of lightness, creativity and fun! Finding two ears of corn and a pile of mini carrots even brought a sense of almost hilarity to the bird-making!

Because this plant brings the potential for economic gain to many in a distressed area, people are conflicted and opposition is underground. We each were relieved to learn there were others concerned about the environment and we agreed to stay connected for support and protection of the land.

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