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Axiall Plans ‘Cracker’ in Louisiana

December 26, 2013

NATRIUM — While West Virginia leaders hope Odebrecht will build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker near Parkersburg, a company that already has operations along the Ohio River in the Northern......

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Dec-26-13 4:10 PM

Mobay/Bayer/PPG are sitting above one of the largest inland salt beds in the world. In the 50's it made a lot of sense to locate the plants on top of the needed salt bed. Many other chemical plants have come and gone to the Ohio river valley for that very same reason. The Kanawha valley has also been an area that chemical plants/processes have settled, large salt bed.

Fast forward to 2013 and the process plants do not need to locate in the fracking gas fields!

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Dec-26-13 1:13 PM

wvgeo: I think we are I'm agreement. Thanks for keeping us informed.

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Dec-26-13 1:05 PM

Hefner: True. And, if the people there are now generally as personally constrained and limited as public dissemination of true and complete information seems to be, we concede that point. There are, however, we insist, other compelling reasons, including the as-yet unrevealed dramatic limits on the actual extent of the region's shale gas resource, that went into Axiall's decision-making process.

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Dec-26-13 12:40 PM

@wvgeo: Point taken, but that was then, this is now.

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Dec-26-13 12:28 PM

Hefner, yes, perhaps: But, some major operations do succeed there. Bayer's New Martinsville plant is a shining example, having started as a joint venture long ago between Monsanto and Bayer; and, being so productive over the years that it helped finance the expansion of "Mobay", now Bayer, industrial enterprise in other parts of the country. Coal mining itself is a towering example. It is, whether anyone unfamiliar believes it or not, demanding work, both physically and mentally, that requires the ability to learn and to handle industrial complexities. And, it seems to be doing, has been doing, pretty much okay over the years. The tangible and intangible infrastructure seems to be there for all of that.

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Dec-26-13 11:36 AM

@wvgeo: I agree with your analysis totally, however, in every business decision the demographics of an area weighs heavily in the final decision, and WV has many unattractive negatives that in today's competitive market place are insurmountable.

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Dec-26-13 10:38 AM

The decision where to put the cracker won’t affect mineral rights owners at all. They’ll still get paid for their minerals no matter where they’re shipped for cracking. The decision will only affect the thousands who could have found jobs with the cracker plant itself, or jobs with plants doing business with the cracker plant, or jobs with spinoff businesses using the products from the cracker plant, or jobs with businesses that provide products and services to the cracker plant, or jobs with businesses that provide products and services to the employees of the previously mentioned businesses created in association with the cracker plant...

But hey, when you have welfare, food stamps, unemployment, disability, subsidized housing, and obamaphones, who needs jobs? The Democrit philosophy.

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Dec-26-13 10:27 AM

West Virginia officials don't push for the most logical locations for facilities. They push for facilities as close as possible to the southern part of the state. In the process, they often ruin opportunities to get facilities located within the state.

Southern West Virginia is dying on the vine, yet their politicos still hold sway so they ruin things for everyone else too.

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Dec-26-13 8:50 AM

Axiall was formed when Georgia Gulf acquired PPG's chlor-alkali and related chemical businesses. The core of their operations was and remains in the LA-TX-MS area, and most of their experienced personnel are in that region. Further, potential customers and export terminals for cracker products are concentrated there, as well. That, coupled with the fact that the WV shale gas resource isn't of nearly the size, doesn't have nearly the potential, you have for whatever suspect reasons been led to believe, was no doubt the basis for their decision. It had nothing to do with the quality of WV's people or business "climate".

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Dec-26-13 6:08 AM

Would YOU invest $3 Billion in the state with the highest rate of mental health problems in the country?

And it is NOT right to work state???

Heck NO!

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Dec-26-13 5:52 AM

Scorecard says: Louisiana & GOP Gov Bobby Jindal 1....WV & WV Democrat leaders 0....

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