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Mixed Reaction to Shell’s Carousel Cleanup Proposal

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 22.21.25Extracts from an article in  the Daily Breeze.

Shell Oil Co.’s new $146 million proposal to remove contaminated soil beneath Carson’s Carousel Tract neighborhood has earned a thumbs-up from city officials, who until now have vigorously fought the oil giant’s cleanup plans.

Carson officials praise the plan because it includes an offer to temporarily relocate residents in hotels while 161,700 cubic yards of petroleum-soaked dirt are dug up from yards and trucked out. It also contains a guarantee that residents will get fair-market value if they sell their homes, despite the contamination history. read more

Shell under fire over secrecy on toxic discharges

FROM OUR AUGUST 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE

The Age (Australia): Shell under fire over secrecy on discharges

“Shell Australia has been accused of withholding data showing that high levels of potentially cancer-causing benzene have been released from the oil giant’s Geelong refinery.”

Thursday 18 August 2005
By Ewin Hannan

Geelong Grammar in the foreground with the Shell Geelong oil refinery in the background.
Photo: Craig Abraham

Shell Australia has been accused of withholding data showing that high levels of potentially cancer-causing benzene have been released from the oil giant’s Geelong refinery.

Former CSIRO scientist Chris Mardon, who analysed benzene data recorded by Shell’s air-monitoring equipment, claims record levels of benzene emissions came from the refinery, which is near Geelong Grammar and primary schools, over 13 days in April. read more

Shell Tox

COMMENT BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL COMPANY

John,

A short time ago you ran a series of articles on Shell’s chemical contribution to the chemical industry’s ‘war on ‘bugs’ and to a brighter future for all mankind. After Shell’s family of three ‘-drins’ was banned (because of cancer and other types of health risks) in the US in the mid-1970’s, it turned out something like 96% of all Americans had these chemicals in their bodies at that time.

Shell immediately moved production of those wonder chemicals to South America. These ‘-drin’ products of Shell have even made the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of banned substances. 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

Shell’s toxic legacy in Brazil

The plant was built in 1977 by Shell… Dozens of former employees of the plant have been diagnosed with prostate, thyroid and other types of cancer, circulatory, liver and intestinal illnesses, as well as infertility and sexual impotence, the statement added.

By John Donovan

We have received emails seeking our help and advice from ATESQ (*Exposed Chemical Substances Workers Association), all former workers at Shell/Basf Chemicals in Paulinia, Brasil, who won a court case against against both multinationals.

In August 2010 the two companies were ordered to pay a total of 490 million euros in fines and damages for the workers exposure to toxic substances at a Sao Paulo factory.

Extracts from the emails:

We have gained a lawsuit that says Shell and Basf must pay for our medical treatments and pay for the damages they caused to us, but so far nothing has been done. Shell/Basf appealed to a second degree court. They lost at the second degree court and appealed to the upper-federal court, which they lost and right now they have appealed to request a reduction on their monetary penalty. read more

Shell in Talks to Settle $653 Million Brazil Contamination Penalty

BASF and Shell were jointly ordered in August 2010 to pay damages to former employees for medical treatment and personal suffering… BASF said its Brazilian unit filed a lawsuit against Shell… asking a court to declare that Shell is responsible for the full amount of the damages resulting from the contamination…

By Sheenagh Matthews – Mar 1, 2012 8:06 AM GMT

BASF SE (BASF), the world’s biggest chemical maker, is in talks with Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) to determine who should pay a 490 million-euro ($653 million) fine for contamination in Brazil.

The site in Paulinia was “significantly” contaminated by the production of crop protection products, and BASF and Shell were jointly ordered in August 2010 to pay damages to former employees for medical treatment and personal suffering, BASF said in its 2011 annual report. read more

The Age (Australia): Shell under fire over secrecy on discharges

FROM OUR AUGUST 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE

The Age (Australia): Shell under fire over secrecy on discharges

“Shell Australia has been accused of withholding data showing that high levels of potentially cancer-causing benzene have been released from the oil giant’s Geelong refinery.”

Thursday 18 August 2005
By Ewin Hannan

Geelong Grammar in the foreground with the Shell Geelong oil refinery in the background.
Photo: Craig Abraham

Shell Australia has been accused of withholding data showing that high levels of potentially cancer-causing benzene have been released from the oil giant’s Geelong refinery.

Former CSIRO scientist Chris Mardon, who analysed benzene data recorded by Shell’s air-monitoring equipment, claims record levels of benzene emissions came from the refinery, which is near Geelong Grammar and primary schools, over 13 days in April. read more

Sterility causing chemical also linked with cancer

The Washington Post reported today that Dow and Shell were aware more than 20 years ago that DBCP caused sterility in animals.

23 August 1977

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) – A pest-controlling chemical suspected of causing sterility in men and cancer in animals is “too hot to sit on” and a national alert on the hazards of the chemical may be issued soon, a federal official says.

Federal officials said after the disclosure Monday of a National Cancer Institute study of DBCP—dibromochloropropane —that they will await further test before issuing an alert.

Animals injected with DBCP in the study got cancer, said Dr. Channing Meyer, chief of the medical section for hazard evaluation at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). read more

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