Ineos wants to clear Belgian forest to make way for plastics plant


A new battle may be brewing over London-based chemicals company Ineos’ plan to build a new plastic plant in Antwerp, Belgium.

Left-leaning news outlet Quartz reports that a provincial government in Belgium has granted the company a permit to chop down a 119-acre forest to make room for the plant, which will convert ethane shipped from shale fields in Pennsylvania into ethylene. The project has been in the crosshairs of environmental activists, who question the wisdom of building a factory that will contribute to making more plastic products in a country that is a signatory to the Paris Agreement. Now, Ineos has tree lovers to reckon with, as well.

Quartz reports that a local activist group formed to oppose the construction of the Ineos plant, Antwerp Shale Free, intends to file an appeal to oppose the decision.

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