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Governor Corbett optimistic about Shell plant coming to PA

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 24, 2012 9:30 AM

(Pittsburgh) — Governor Corbett says he believes oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell is on track to build a multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania after meeting with people higher up in the company. 

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Corbett says he thinks the project is going in the right direction and that last week's meeting went well.

The company has an end-of-year deadline on a deal for land about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

A Shell spokeswoman says the company continues to evaluate the site.

Beaver County Commissioner Joe Spanik says county and municipal officials are waiting to hear which portions of the 1,000-acre industrial site Shell will use. He says identifying the approximately 350 acres for development is necessary to start an application for tax exemptions there.

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