A Thailand-based oil and gas company had offered to pay for a new school in Shadyside, Ohio. But with its local project now on hold, superintendent John Haswell says all he can do is "wait and wait."

For a decade, growing American gas production has fueled a petrochemical boom. There are big plans for more plants in Appalachia, but the pandemic — and an oversupply of plastics — may crush them.

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