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Seeds of unease over Shell US Cracker Plant

A different perspective from the above recent PR tour by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf of the construction site for the new US Shell Chemicals Cracker Plant is provided in a letter published by The Beaver County Times. See below. This is how controversy kicked off in Ireland when local people raised legitimate questions over the Corrib Gas Project and were treated with disdain by Shell. Disdain turned to jailing of protesters and Shell sponsored corruption to buy the support of the Irish police before Shell gave up and sold out its stake at a loss. The project was hopelessly over budget and ended up delayed by many years. 

Shell’s Beaver meeting was of little benefit

I shouldn’t have expected anything better from Shell.

The Aug. 1 project team meeting for Beaver residents provided no new information, and instead raising multiple questions.

Rather than allowing individuals to ask broad questions to the benefit of the entire audience, as one gentleman attempted, we were ignored and funneled into interest-group tables where it was impossible to hear the questions being asked, let alone the answers we were hoping to obtain.

I heard many grumbles against this format, and if Shell is truly the good neighbor it claims to be, it could have accommodated us better instead of trying to wow us with a presentation based on past information.

My questions are still unanswered, and I will now have to contact a representative.

Megan Zagorski

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