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Beyond Petrochemicals Adds Energy to Sustainable Youngstown's Fight to Halt SOBE Pyrolysis Plans

Updated: Nov 4, 2023

On October 24, 2023 Beyond Petrochemicals and Sustainable Youngstown shared an assessment of the ongoing campaign to halt the SOBE pyrolysis project in downtown Youngstown, OH. Beyond Petrochemicals: People Over Pollution aims to halt the rapid expansion of petrochemical and plastic pollution in the United States by building on existing efforts led by frontline communities.

Beyond Petrochemicals is committed to block the expansion of more than 120 proposed petrochemical projects concentrated in three target geographies – Louisiana, Texas, and the Ohio River Valley

More about the grassroots campaigns that Beyond Petrochemicals is working with to build the roadmap to keeping 120 proposed plants from becoming a reality:

With support from Earthjustice, Ohio Valley Allies, Sierra Club, Buckeye Environmental Network, and the Ohio River Valley Institute, the Mountaineer NGL Storage facility planned in Monroe County, Ohio was halted. The facility would have stored ethane, butane, and propane derived from fracked gas. The Appalachian Storage Hub in West Virginia would have catalyzed significant petrochemical expansion in the Ohio River Valley, including up to five ethane crackers. Working together, West Virginia Rivers, The Breathe Project, Ohio River Valley Institute, Sierra Club, Buckeye Environmental Network, Ohio Valley Allies, and FracTracker mounted significant opposition to the project. Despite powerful political backing at the federal and local level, these partners helped turn the tide on the project. The backer failed to select a site or begin the necessary process for permitting. The PTT Global Chemical ethylene cracker plant would have been one of the largest facilities of its kind in the United States. Community members, supported by Earthjustice, Ohio Valley Allies, Sierra Club, Buckeye Environmental Network, and the Ohio River Valley Institute engaged in a multi-year grassroots organizing campaign to pressure state and federal agencies. If built, the plant could force people to relocate due to proximity to homes, shops, and the Ohio River. Progress to build the facility has halted and its permits have recently expired. “This is an incredible win for our community,” said Jill Hunkler, community advocate and seventh-generation Ohio Valley resident. “The harsh reality of living on the frontlines and resisting oil and gas and petrochemical development has been difficult. Beyond Petrochemicals support arrived just in time to ignite a smoldering fire. More than traditional resources, it has also created a crucial connection between frontline communities and organizations in Louisiana,Texas and the Ohio River Valley.” READ MORE:

Beyond Petrochemicals continued journeying to other locations in the East including where a grassroots group, Save Our Susquehanna - Protect Point Township is working to prevent Encina from building a plastic waste processing plant in Point Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, less than 10 miles from Danville and on the shores of the Susquehanna River.

Encina, a Texas-based company, is proposing to build a $1.1 billion “advanced recycling” facility in Point Township. In reality, this facility would be a plastic waste processing facility. Using a process called pyrolysis, Encina would use fracked gas to heat the plastic to break it down to its component chemicals and then ship them to other facilities to make more plastic.

above from Save Our Susquehanna (S.O.S.) See more articles & reports:

map of pyrolysis plants in Ohio
Existing, proposed and under construction pyrolysis related projects in Ohio (as of 11-2023)
map of proposed advanced recycling plants
Currently 118 proposed facilities in US, 5 halted

Image, entire US map, and more resources:


ALSO NEW REPORT released October 31, 2023, and funded by Beyond Petrochemicals

REPORT | Chemical Recycling: A Dangerous Deception Download the free report.>> by Beyond Plastics & International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) Chemical recycling — or what the industry likes to call “advanced recycling” — is increasingly touted as a solution to the plastic waste problem, but a landmark new report from Beyond Plastics and IPEN shows this technology hasn’t worked for decades, it’s still failing, and it threatens the environment, the climate, human health, and environmental justice. This comprehensive report features an investigation of all 11 constructed chemical recycling facilities in the United States, their output, their financial backing, and their contribution to environmental pollution.

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