The Upper Ohio Valley will definitely secure an ethane cracker as natural gas fields in the Utica and Marcellus shale regions make the area attractive for a petrochemical facility, said Don Rigby, executive director of the Regional Economic Development Partnership. "The amount of ethane coming out of these wells will eventually lead someone to build a cracker," Rigby said. "On a regular basis, there is someone in here looking," he added.

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