"My optimism about the state of West Virginia attracting one of these facilities is very, very good," Burdette said. "I am optimistic that we can literally attract both."
Burdette also said that while much of the focus has been on a cracker, the real prize is what will follow.
"It's a big facility, it's a big investment, but it's one facility," he told lawmakers. "It's the downstream plants that will manufacture products associated with the materials that will [be] manufactured at these crackers that will change the economy of West Virginia, and certainly the manufacturing economy of West Virginia."
Burdette estimated that this related industry would emerge within 150 miles of a plant. As a result, no one state will reap all the economic rewards.
"We believe the sites in West Virginia will impact Ohio and Pennsylvania almost as much as they impact us," Burdette said. "It's the nature of being along the river."