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Rural Blog: Shale-gas boom leads to plastic-pellet plants, but Appalachian infrastructure is lacking

Appalachian states are poised to capitalize on the world’s growing appetite for plastics, not only with shale gas and oil drilling, but with plants called “crackers” that turn natural gas byproducts into usable plastic pellets for manufacturers, Tom DiChristopher of CNBC reports. Northern Appalachian states such as Pennsylvania and New York have large shale-gas deposits and are already...