The Plastics/Fracking Connection

» Why Plans to Turn America’s Rust Belt into a New Plastics Belt Are Bad News for the Climate
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
October 28, 2018

» A Field Guide to the Petrochemical and Plastics Industry
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
October 28, 2018

» Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Plastics Are Predicted to Rise
By Kendra Pierre-Louis, New York Times
October 4, 2018

» Pipeline that exploded in Pennsylvania part of push to build fracking-reliant petrochemical network
The 24” diameter pipeline responsible for the blast had gone into service just seven days earlier.
Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
September 14, 2018

» Did Plans to Export US Ethane Help Fund Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina?
Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
July 30, 2018

» As Industry Pushes Billion-Dollar Fracked Petrochemical Projects, State Regulators Struggle To Keep Up
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog
July 1, 2018

» $83 Billion West Virginia Petrochemical Deal with China on Skids Due to Trade War, Corruption Probe
By Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog
June 25, 2018

» Plastics, Pipelines, Fracking & Our Planet Webinar
By Food & Water Action
Recorded June 20, 2018


» Oil Pipeline CEO Tells Federal Energy Conference: ‘It’s a Great Time to Be in the Business’
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
June 13, 2018
“The U.S. is not only exporting oil and natural gas as fuel but also as feedstock for the growing global petrochemical industry, which includes the plastics industry. While the world is coming to terms with the issue of plastic pollution, the energy industry sees plastics as a huge growth opportunity. Oil and natural gas don’t have to be burned; they also can be made into plastic.”

» Dustin White: Petrochemical complex not good for WV (Gazette)
By Dustin White (Opinion), Charlston Gazette-Mail
June 8, 2018

» We Are Drowning In Plastic, and Fracking Companies Are Profiting
By Wenonah Hauter, EcoWatch
February 15, 2018