$490,000 grant for possible W. Pa. cracker site

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ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) -- The state of Pennsylvania plans to spend $490,000 for improvements at an industrial park that could be a location for a huge new gas drilling petrochemical refinery.

The Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/zVP9lN ) reports Thursday that the state will improve two out-of-service rail tracks to the Aliquippa Industrial Park.

Shell Oil Co. has been considering locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia for the plant, which is projected to cost several billion dollars to build, generating thousands of construction jobs.

State and local officials say the Aliquippa site has the attributes needed for a large refinery.

All three states have offered incentives to any company that builds one of the large plants.

Shell is expected to announce a decision in the next month or two.

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Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/