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How one woman fought one of the world’s biggest oil companies — and won

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 18.08.03From an article by Jared Goyette published 27 March 2015 by Public Radio International under the headline:

How one woman fought one of the world’s biggest oil companies — and won

Officials in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, are currently mulling a proposal from Shell Oil to build a new chemical plant in their backyard. But before they make a decision, they might want to listen to some advice from a 71-year-old retired teacher who lives in another small town thousands of miles away.

“You should have input in what is going on,” warns Margie Richard of Norco, Louisiana.

Richard’s words of caution come from experience: She fought her own battle against a Shell chemical plant in her hometown — and won. read more


Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 19.20.35The article printed below was supplied to the Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., Mr Michiel Brandjes, on Monday 15 Sept 2014. I asked Mr Brandjes to also bring the article to the attention of Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden and the Shell-Motiva Security Supervisor named in the working headline. The parties were given the opportunity to take issue with the stated facts, comment and/or take legal action to prevent publication. No response has been received. It follows that Shell has also not disputed the authenticity of quoted internal email correspondence. Readers are free to draw their own conclusions.


This is the true story of a former U.S. Secret Service Agent and former Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. He was hired by a contractor firm in June of this year to become Project Manager with responsibility for the security force at the Shell-Motiva Norco site in Louisiana. The site is spread over 700 acres, inclusive of a major refinery.

I have confirmed the remarkable background of this individual, who has worked in some of the most stressful operational settings. This includes his assignment as the Incident Commander for the rescue, relief, recovery and federal law enforcement activities in preparation for and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, where he commanded vast personnel resources as well as small boats, aircraft and vehicles, for which he was granted seven high-level awards and commendations. read more

Worker at Motiva Refinery in Norco dies after pumps fall on him

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Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 15.42.20By Bob Warren, | The Times-Picayune: on March 14, 2013

A worker was killed at the Motiva Refinery in Norco Wednesday when two large cylinders fell on him, authorities and a company official said. Michael Louque, 56, of Grammercy, was pronounced dead at St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office said Louque, who worked for River Parish Maintenance, was loading the equipment onto a flatbed truck when the load shifted and the pumps fell on him. The Sheriff’s Office initially said he was loading pumps, but Roger Landry, president of River Parish Maintenance, said it was actually 16-foot-long cylinders that weigh more than 1,000 pounds. read more

Shell chemical plant in Norco produces flare after heater unit fails

The failure of a heater unit at the Shell chemical plant in Norco on Tuesday caused a partial shutdown of the plant and a towering flare that could be spotted 25 miles away… …company officials said the plant released benzene, butadiene, carbon monoxide, ethylene, hydrogen sulfide, nitrogen oxide, propylene, sulfur dioxide, xylene and other volatile organic carbons…

Published: Wednesday, May 09, 2012, 10:30 PM

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

The failure of a heater unit at the Shell chemical plant in Norco on Tuesday caused a partial shutdown of the plant and a towering flare that could be spotted 25 miles away, the state Department of Environmental Quality confirmed Wednesday. Shell Chemical shares a campus with the Motiva Enterprises oil refinery, which is a joint venture of Shell Oil Co. and Saudi Arabia Refining Inc.

The accident occurred in a “CO heater,” which is part of the chemical plant. In an accident report filed Tuesday at 7:09 p.m. with the National Response Center, Shell officials said a storm caused the heater to shut down, “which caused a shake to the steam load shed,” and resulted in the release of chemicals to the flare. read more

Another toxic emissions release at Motiva Norco Refinery

Shell reports faulty instrument at Norco, LA, refinery

March 13 | Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:29am EDT

(Reuters) – Shell Oil Co on Tuesday reported emissions due to faulty instruments at a PGC unit at Motiva Enterprises’ 234,700 barrel-per-day Norco, Louisiana refinery, according to a filing with the U.S. National Response Center.

The incident happened around 06:00 am, local time, Monday, the filing said.



Motiva Enterprises toxic environmental record: 25 November 2011


During 2010, Motiva’s refinery in Norco reported seven accidents involving the same DU-5 unit, resulting in a total of 18,500 pounds of emissions. The largest accident happened in January, when a fire resulted in the shutdown of three refinery units, one worker injury and more than 17,000 pounds of toxic air emissions, including sulfur dioxide. read more

Gulf Gasoline Rises Amid Problems at Shell, Delek Refineries

December 16, 2011, 3:11 PM EST

By Paul Burkhardt

Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) — Gulf Coast gasoline rose for a fifth straight session as Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Delek US Holdings Inc. reported refinery problems in Texas and Louisiana.

Shell reported an “operations upset” at the Norco, Louisiana, refinery when furnaces were swapped yesterday, according to a filing with the National Response Center. Delek had emissions at its Tyler, Texas, plant, according to a filing with state regulators. read more

Saudi Arabia To Be Motiva Texas Refinery’s Sole Supplier – Source


HOUSTON -(Dow Jones)- Saudi Arabia will be the sole supplier of crude oil to Motiva Enterprises LLC’s refinery in Texas after the facility finishes expanding its capacity to 600,000 barrels a day next year, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.

The expansion of the Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) and Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (SOI.YY), is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2012. The boost in its intake of Saudi crude oil would coincide with Saudi Arabia’s pledge to boost its oil production despite opposition from fellow members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. read more

Mysterious departure of Mark Hurley from Shell Motiva Norco

Makes us wonder here at Norco, when they are going to announce we have been sold. They are doing the Band-Aid approach painting things and fixing things that been needing it for a long time. No major repairs only those that you would do if you were going to sell your house.

Shell Chemical Louisiana Plant May Start Up in Next Two Days

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- A chemical plant operated by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe's second-largest oil company, may return to service in the next two days after an unidentified failure caused the shutdown of two units.

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