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Geelong Advertiser: Shell refinery cops a bucketing

SIMEON BENNETT
RESIDENTS living near the Shell refinery armed themselves with buckets yesterday in an effort to get the oil giant to reduce its emissions.
The buckets contained a cheap air-sampling device which, the residents said, they would use to prove the air around the plant was unclean.
Yesterday they were testing the buckets outside the refinery with the help of American activist Denny Larsen.
Mr Larsen described the buckets as a “mechanical lung'' that was cheap and easy to use.
“The idea is to train the residents to catch that pollution and actually have data to back up their complaints,'' he said.
“Right now we've got residents breathing toxic gas, they have no idea what they're breathing, they're getting sick and nobody's doing anything about making Shell clean that stuff up,'' he said.
The residents belong to the Geelong Community for Good Life group, which today will launch a “bucket brigade'' to monitor air quality around the refinery.
Corio resident Bill Aitken said he had lived in the area for 35 years and hoped the buckets would help prompt local and state governments to do something about pollution in Geelong's northern suburbs.
Shell yesterday defended its environmental record, saying it consistently met standards set for it by the Environmental Protection Authority.

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