Reaction to Justice task force appointment

Published: Aug. 29, 2019 at 5:33 PM EDT
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Local business and development leaders see positive signs in the announcement of a task force aimed at West Virginia's involvement in the petrochemical industry.

Governor Jim Justice announced formation of the task force Wednesday.

He said it could potentially bring billions of dollars in investment and more than 100,000 jobs to the region.

President Donald Trump recently issued an executive order, instructing the U.S. Department of Energy to look at the Appalachian region as a possible site for petrochemical plants.

"We know this industry; we know what it can do, we know the virtues of it, and we know how to do it right," noted Keith Burdette, who heads the Polymer Alliance Zone. "I hope the governor's effort puts more resources and more effort into it, and if we do that, we're going to be successful."

Greg Kozera, Marketing Director for Shale Crescent, U.S.A., says it could lead not only to construction of an ethane cracker, but also to related manufacturing plants.

The governor says the task force will include business and energy leaders, as well as members of his own administration.