Webinar to discuss renewed competitiveness for U.S. plastics from shale gas

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Shale-gas production has breathed new life into the U.S. plastics industry as lower energy costs and increased natural-gas liquids have made the country one of the lowest-cost producers globally. A webinar, presented by Penn State Extension, will examine what that means for the nation.

This presentation, from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 10, will feature Martha Gilchrist Moore, senior director for policy analysis and economics with the American Chemistry Council. She will examine the changes in the U.S. plastics industry and discuss how shale-gas development has improved competitiveness in petrochemicals and derivatives, current expansion in plastic products manufacturing, and expected expansion of U.S. plastics due to new investments in petrochemicals.

"The shift in competitiveness from shale gas and a renewal of manufacturing in the U.S. offers tremendous opportunities for businesses across the country," she said. "New investment in plastics capacity is expected to generate more than 100,000 jobs in the plastics industry alone over the next decade."

The webinar is free, but registration is necessary. To register, visit the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events Web page. More information is available on the website or by contacting Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or at cal24@psu.edu.

Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Upcoming webinars include the following

--April 28: "Evolving Roles of Shale Gas in Central and Distributed Power Generation Scenarios," presented by James Freihaut, Penn State architectural engineer who is technical director of the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

--May 19: "Seismic Activity Monitoring in Pennsylvania," presented by Andrew Nyblade, professor of geosciences in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website (http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas), covering a variety of topics, such as Act 13; seismic testing; methane emissions; water use and quality; natural gas liquids regional development; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.

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Last Updated March 07, 2016