Powhatan Salt Company was going to use the permits to build solution mining wells for natural gas liquids (NGL) storage in Monroe County, but The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has now cancelled them.

The Mountaineer Storage Project was intended to support a “burgeoning petrochemicals industry” in the region.

Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), said: “In the face of having to invest more to develop the Mountaineer Storage Project, the sponsor pulled the plug. This is a solid market signal that plans for a petrochemical buildout in Ohio and western Pennsylvania are on shaky ground.”

He added: “Local and state economic development officials would serve the public better by looking for jobs and taxes in other areas of the economy that are actually profitable and growing and can be good neighbours to the communities that host them.”

For more information visit ieefa.org

29th September 2020