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Shell Hit With Civil Lawsuit After Inferno at Deer Park Refinery Released Toxic Airborne Contaminants

Posted by John Donovan August 14, 2023

In a surprising turn of events that caught everyone off guard, the state of Texas has taken the daring step of filing a civil lawsuit against the beloved British oil magnate, Shell. It appears that Shell’s recent fiery spectacle at their Deer Park facility wasn’t just your ordinary, run-of-the-mill industrial mishap – no, it was a display of their exceptional commitment to environmental excellence.

The Texas attorney general has accused Shell of causing a  “significant” amount of environmental damage with their firework show in May. According to court documents, this mesmerizing inferno artfully released an impressive volume of airborne contaminants. Not to mention the graceful pirouette of wastewater into nearby waterways, a clear homage to nature’s water cycle, but with a modern twist.

Shell’s devotion to creativity didn’t stop there. Amidst the breathtaking days of firefighting, they showcased their innovative technique of channelling 68.7 million gallons of wastewater into a storm-water pond and the esteemed Houston Ship Channel. Who knew wastewater could have such a poetic impact on marine life? Shell’s audacious endeavour was further enhanced by allowing even more wastewater to transcend the limits imposed by mere mortals at a water-treatment facility.

The wastewater from both Shell’s facility and the adjacent Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership refinery, owned by a subsidiary of Mexico’s state oil company Pemex, flowed through a drainage ditch.

Shell, the humble maestro, has courteously acknowledged the lawsuit and has embarked on a noble quest to recover from the incident and decipher the riddle of what could have sparked such a frightening spectacle.

Pemex, the partner in this environmental ballet, has reassured us all of its unyielding commitment to regulatory compliance and its dedication to responsible business practices.  We await comment from Shell. 

Shell PLC and any other party mentioned are invited to point out for correction any factual inaccuracies and supply closing comments for publication as part of this article. 

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