Webinar Discusses Renewed Competitiveness for US Plastics from Shale Energy

Posted: March 7, 2016

Shale gas production has breathed new life into the US Plastics industry as lower energy costs and increased natural gas liquids have made the US one of the lowest-cost producers globally. What does that mean for the nation? (more...)

Martha Gilchrist Moore, Senior Director, Policy Analysis and Economics, American Chemistry Council will examine the changes in the US Plastics Industry, including how shale gas development has improved competitiveness in petrochemicals and derivatives, current expansion in plastic products manufacturing, and expected expansion of U.S. plastics due to new announced investments in petrochemicals.  

“The shift in competitiveness from shale gas and a renewal of manufacturing in the U.S. offers tremendous opportunities for businesses across the country,” states Moore.   “New investment in plastics capacity is expected to generate more than 100,000 jobs in the plastics industry alone over the next decade.”

The webinar, “Renewed Competitiveness for U.S. Plastics from Shale Energy” will be held Thursday, March 10th from 1 to 2 PM ET.  While free, registrations for the educational webinars are necessary.  All can go to the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events page to register and to find out more information for each upcoming webinar at  For more information, contact Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or by email at

Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Upcoming webinars for 2016 include:

Mar 10  Renewed Competitiveness for U.S. Plastics from Shale Energy, Martha Gilchrist Moore, CBE, Senior Director, Policy Analysis and Economics, American Chemistry Council
Apr 28  Evolving Roles of Shale Gas in Central and Distributed Power Generation Scenarios, Dr. James Freihaut, Penn State  Agricultural Engineering; Technical Director, eebHub at Philly Navy Yard
May 19    Seismic Activity Monitoring in Pennsylvania, Dr. Andrew Nyblade, Dept. of Geosciences, Penn State

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website (, covering a variety of topics such as UAVs in the Energy field, seismic testing, methane emissions; water use and quality; Marcellus and Utica basins; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.