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Shell’s industrial monstrosity In Pennsylvania spewing out a cocktail of toxic fumes

…this operation spews out a delightful cocktail of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere, including lovely chemicals like benzene, toluene, and naphthalene. Who wouldn’t want to breathe in those toxic fumes?

Posted by John Donovan 26 May 2023

Shell, the generous and environmentally conscious oil giant, finally faces some consequences after months of residents tirelessly raising concerns.

Pennsylvania has finally taken action and “cracked” down on the Shell plant, which has been causing havoc with its operations. In an act of goodwill, Shell has agreed to pay a measly $10 million to Pennsylvania for exceeding emissions limits during the plant’s troublesome launch. How thoughtful of them!

The plant, aptly named the “ethane cracker,” is an industrial monstrosity spanning 384 acres. It merrily heats up ethane, a fracking byproduct, and “cracks” it under high pressure to produce polyethylene pellets—just what the world needs, more plastic!

Of course, this operation spews out a delightful cocktail of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere, including lovely chemicals like benzene, toluene, and naphthalene. Who wouldn’t want to breathe in those toxic fumes?

But fear not, because Shell had a brilliant solution: they simply burned off the excess gases, creating a picturesque sky filled with flames. Who doesn’t love the sight of flames in the sky? It really adds a special touch to the neighbourhood.

It’s heartwarming to see the Department of Environmental Protection taking such swift action, especially after NBC News and environmental advocacy groups had to put pressure on them. Better late than never, right? And let’s not forget the multiple malfunctions at the plant, which Shell has diligently reported to DEP. Their transparency is truly commendable.

Shell’s commitment to the environment is truly awe-inspiring. They have graciously agreed to restart operations immediately, even though they anticipate being in violation of emissions limits for months to come. It’s so touching to see a company that values profit over the health and well-being of communities.

But don’t worry, folks. Shell has assured us that they are learning from their mistakes and are dedicated to being a responsible neighbor. Just ask the residents who have had the privilege of experiencing headaches and burning eyes when passing by the plant. Such memorable experiences!

Let’s not forget that Shell has a track record of environmental mishaps. They’ve had spills of industrial waste along their pipelines and have even been fined for it. But hey, accidents happen, right? It’s all part of the charm of having a petrochemical plant in your backyard.

Of course, Shell’s plant is part of the grand plan to bring economic prosperity to the region. Who cares about the health and well-being of residents when you can have multinational companies and tax breaks? The decision-makers in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania are true visionaries, sacrificing clean air and water for a handful of jobs. It’s a small price to pay!

So, let’s all thank Shell for being such a considerate and responsible corporation. Their commitment to polluting the air, endangering communities, and paying fines is truly an inspiration. We should all strive to be as conscientious as Shell in our daily lives. After all, who needs clean air and water when you can have plastic pellets and flames in the sky?

Shell management has a track record of putting profits first, before any other consideration, including the health and safety even of its own employees. In other words, money before ethics. This is after all the company that financially supported Hitler and the Nazis. The founder of Royal Dutch Shell – Sir Henri Deterding – was himself a fanatical Nazi. Google “Shell Nazi History”.

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