The Marcellus Shale is buried thousands of feet beneath the earth’s surface.  This deposit extends from upstate New York south through Pennsylvania to West Virginia and the western parts of Ohio.   The Marcellus Shale formation is rich in potential energy plays.

McGowan managed the site selection and land acquisition for a large petrochemical company that recently announced it was building a cracker.  This was one of the largest projects in the Marcellus Shale region.    A "cracker" is industry lingo for a plant that converts ethane, a byproduct from the Marcellus Shale into ethylene which is a component of plastic.   With the fracking of the shale, there is a surplus of ethane in Appalachia and thus substantial economic activity in this sector.

Users that buy land in the Marcellus Shale region must make sure that soils are evaluated properly and that all regulations are followed so that extraction is done safely.

  • Land Acquisition and Disposal
  • Strategic Consulting
  • Leasing of Land
  • Valuation
  • Incentives Negotiations
  • Site Selection

Cal Dooley, president of the American Chemistry Council, shares his thoughts on how an ethane cracker plant will transform the economy and bring jobs to the Appalachian region.

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