PTT Announces Settlement With Environmental Organizations Over Proposed Ethane Cracker Plant
PTTGC America LLC on Monday said it had reached an agreement with three environmental organizations settling the appeal of the air permit-to-install issued in December of 2018 by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the proposed petrochemical complex at Dilles Bottom in Belmont County.
In working with the organizations, PTTGCA agreed to enhance environmental protection and public transparency measures beyond what is required by OEPA if the project goes forward. Sierra Club, Earthworks and FreshWater Accountability Project agreed to withdraw their appeal of the air permit.
PTTGCA has not made a final investment decision on the project.
Highlights of the agreement include:
— An enhanced leak detection and repair program;
— A commitment to publishing all information reported to OEPA on a publicly available website;
— A commitment to perform additional stack testing.
“We respect Sierra Club, Earthworks and FreshWater Accountability Project for working with us on this agreement,” said Mr. Toasaporn Boonyapipat, president and CEO for PTTGCA. “The resolution of these issues is a tribute to their commitment to environmental protection. We also thank the people of the Ohio Valley community for their enthusiasm and support as we continue to work toward a final investment decision.”