West Virginia is among the states being considered for ethane crackers by multiple companies, and such a facility could bring 12,000 jobs and $7 billion in chemical-industry economic activity to the state, according to an American Chemistry Council study. "We're using natural gas from shale to expand U.S. manufacturing, create jobs, grow exports and be more competitive globally. The Marcellus region is key to the strategy, providing a ready supply of ethane for chemistry that goes into 96% of U.S.-made goods," said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley.

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