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Environmental groups to sue Shell


Environmental groups plan to sue Shell’s new Pennsylvania plant over emissions

8 Feb 2023

Two environmental groups announced on Feb. 2, 2023 that they plan to sue Shell Chemical Appalachia over air pollution, just about three months after the startup of operations of Shell’s 1.6-million tonnes per year facility with capacity of polyethylene production, and related ethane cracker in Pennsylvania.

The Environmental Integrity Project said in a press release that along with another environmental group named Clean Air Council it filed “a notice of intent to sue (…) for repeated violations of air pollution limits,” it said.

Shell started operations in its petrochemical complex in 2022 after a construction that lasted several years. Full rates are expected for later this year.

The plant, located near Pittsburgh, is the first resin complex of this size built in the Northeast of the U.S. with the intention to tap ethane from the Marcellus shale and take advantage of the concentrated presence of plastic converters within 700 miles from the plant.


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