Natural gas production in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania exceeded total production in Texas for the first time. The region, dubbed the "Shale Crescent" and rust belt, is being considered for a new name: The plastic belt.
Today, we consider what impact this new industry can have on the jobs sector and local environment.
- Ken Silverstein, Forbes contributor, covering the global energy business
- Cheryl Johncox, Beyond Dirty Fuels initiative organizer, Ohio chapter of Sierra Club
- David Hill, local petroleum geologist, president, David Hill Inc., Byesville, Ohio
- William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, The Plastics Industry Association