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Shell fined almost $10 million for more toxic violations at its cracker plant in Beaver County

POSTED BY JOHN DONOVAN JULY 23, 2023

Oh, the magnanimity of Shell, the oil giant with a heart of gold!

Brace yourself for some heartwarming news, folks. Shell, the same company notorious for polluting the environment and exceeding emission limits, is now giving away a staggering $5 million! Wow, what a charitable gesture! But don’t get too excited. This tiny donation is just a fraction of the $10 million fine the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) slapped on Shell’s wrist for its reckless environmental violations. With some fancy PR spin, Shell claims this paltry sum will be used for “environmental and quality-of-life projects” in Beaver County. But is this a true act of remorse, or merely a clever attempt to polish Shell’s tarnished image?

Hold your applause! Shell, the benevolent eco-warrior (ahem, not really), is putting on a show of generosity by allocating a whopping $5 million from a $10 million fine to fund “environmental and quality-of-life projects” in Beaver County. Isn’t that heartwarming? Shell’s capacity to give back to the community, after causing extensive environmental damage, is simply awe-inspiring.

But let’s not forget the bigger picture here. Shell’s Cracker Plant was fined a total of $10 million by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for flagrantly exceeding emission limitations for air contaminants. So, we can all do the math – half of the fine is still pocket change for the oil behemoth that shamelessly exploits the planet.

Oh, but wait! Shell’s real act of benevolence is to fund “at least one selected project” for air quality testing near the plant. What a relief! Finally, Beaver County residents will get to breathe air that may not be toxic. Thank you, Shell, for your selfless contribution to the health of our community.

But let’s not stop there. Shell’s PR magic also includes projects that “encourage participants to improve their health and the quality of their communities.” It’s heartwarming to see the company that perpetuates climate change and environmental destruction caring about our well-being. Shouldn’t we all be grateful?

Of course, Shell insists on keeping things vague, allowing “representatives from the community” to allocate the funds. Isn’t it just lovely when a big corporation humbly hands over the decision-making power to the very community it has harmed? We can all trust Shell to prioritize the greater good over its own interests, right?

And don’t forget the cherry on top – Shell is ever so generous with its “unprecedented” pilot program for environmental justice. With a nearly tripled staffing in their environmental justice office, Shell is all about fostering trust and transparency (we’ll wait for the punchline).

In the end, we should all applaud Shell for its grand gesture. Five million dollars may seem like a lot, but it’s a mere fraction of the destruction caused by this greedy, ruthless, polluting oil giant. So, let’s give Shell a standing ovation for its incredible generosity (and try to forget the rest of its abhorrent track record).

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