Pennsylvania's chemical-manufacturing industry is on the cusp of a revival powered by abundant shale natural gas supplies and favorable policy-creation efforts, according to a column co-written by American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley. "Shell's announcement [of a potential ethane cracker] is just one of 30 chemical industry projects proposed in the U.S. in the next five years. The projects, which include new plants, expansions and operational changes, would expand U.S. petrochemical capacity by 27 percent," write Dooley and Jeff Peters, head of the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council.

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