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By Robert Armstrong
August 14th, 2007

Shell Oil Company when it bought Texaco inherited a problem of Texaco stations with abandoned underground garage sumps with toxic wastes and car hoists with hydraulic fluids destined to leak into the environment.

One is in Corona, California and is only 957 feet from a clean water aquifer. Shell is actively trying not to have the problem uncovered so it will not have to clean up some former 13,000 Texaco stations.

Shell has sold all of it stations to its retailers to not only hide the Texaco problem but to dump their failing tank containment systems on their retailers and the insurance industry and to effectively abandon all their retail environmental responsibilities in the United States.

The Riverside District Attorney is actively trying to uncover the Texaco problem, but the press and public need to be made aware and become involved. All the details are at Any help you can give to bring this problem out in the open would be a public good.

This information can be used to show Shell’s abject lack of concern for the environment; when they maliciouly fail to uncover the truth and sell the location to the retailer who caused the problem to begin with.

The President of Shell Oil Products called me personally and offered to clean up Corona but failed to do so when I, having worked for Texaco, said Shell should test and remediate the rest of the Texaco stations as well. I am informed and believe their lead environmental attorney, Kathleen Gillmore, was fired for not handling this issue before was created in order to document the Shell-Texaco problem. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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