Julie Grant contributed to this report.
Despite concerns about a global oil and petrochemical glut, the Trump administration released a report this week touting the strong future of coal and natural gas in the Appalachian region, and outlining ways state and local governments can help the energy industry such as investing in workforce development and infrastructure.
“There are tremendous opportunities on the horizon for Appalachia because of the shale gas revolution, and the region’s abundant coal reserves,” said U.S. Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes, speaking with reporters.
The Trump administration has slashed environmental regulations, while promoting fossil fuel production, including a petrochemical hub in Appalachia. The report touts Shell Chemical’s ethane cracker being built in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, which will use ethane in the region’s shale