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Environmental Protests Planned Ahead Of President Trump's Crack Plant Visit

August 13, 2019 - 1:01 pm

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BEAVER, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Not everyone is excited about the President's praise of the soon to be completed cracker plant in Monaca.

Terrie Baumgardner is with the Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community.

She tells KDKA Radio’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland the organization was started in 2009 by those concerned with fracking in the Beaver area.

Baumgardner says that the plant's projected emissions are concerning and that 1,000 new fracking wells will have to open to support the plant’s manufacturing.

Baumgardner claims that the new cracker plant will produce three times the VOCs or Volatile organic compounds that the Clairton Coke Works does.

The EPA says that VOCs “include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.”

The group has a protest planned, along with other organizations, at Irvine Park that will march to Beaver Greens Park.

The Shell Petrochemicals Complex will turn natural gas into plastics.

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