Potter Township: The forgotten player in bringing Shell Oil to PA, PublicSource.org

June 27, 2012

"As Gov. Tom Corbett and legislators worked frantically to lure Shell Oil Co. to build a $3.2 billion ethylene processing plant in Western Pennsylvania, they forgot one of the players.

In the rush to create a larger tax-free zone for Shell, they failed to ask the local government to approve the local tax exemption and apply for the expansion, which is required by state law.

"We weren't part of the process," said Rebecca Matsco, one of Potter’s three township supervisors. “We have seen no paperwork, no language. We have not had transparency.”

As a result, Potter Township, a small town in Beaver County, may lose out on funding for services such as fire protection and a bigger police force that are necessary because of the plant.

And the township could, if it chose to, stop the process of bringing Shell to the state." 

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