We were glad to see the news Thursday that Dominion Transmission is ready to proceed with construction of its natural gas processing facility near PPG Industries. From a layman’s perspective on state Route 2, the archeological process seemed to be taking a while and it raised our concern as to whether the site would even receive the green light from the State Historic Preservation Office. Thankfully it did.
This plant is an important part in the development of the gas industry in the local area as it taps into the Marcellus Shale formation.
As stated in the story on the front page about the facility, this is not to be confused with ethane cracker plant that government officials in various regions, including here, have been trying to woo.
That plant has even been one of the rather unspoken cards the gas industry has been playing in the drama with New Martinsville City Council’s gas ban and then road to repeal.
We noticed on our message board that someone said New Martinsville’s actions were moot since the news of the Dominion facility progress was announced Thursday, saying the area got the coveted plant. While the Dominion plant is certainly an economic boost, it is not the cracker plant of much political talk and posturing.