200 at meeting on Pennsylvania Shell plant plans

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — About 200 people have shown up for the first of two public meetings being hosted by Shell Oil Co. to learn about the company's possible plans to build a huge new petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania.

Shell officials say the potential project, sometimes referred to as a cracking plant, has moved forward in several ways since last year, but there's still no guarantee it will be built.

Shell chose a site about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh for the possible multibillion-dollar plant more than two years ago. The company has since purchased property in the area and sought bids from suppliers. That same year, it also got what lawmakers call Pennsylvania's largest ever taxpayer-financed incentive package.

But Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon said there's still no guarantee that the project will be built.