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Shell’s New Hell Factory in Pennsylvania: Residents Basking in the Glow of Deadly Carcinogens

Posted by John Donovan: 28 June 2024

Welcome to Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where Shell’s ethane cracker plant has turned the community into a living nightmare. Residents are now basking in the glow of carcinogens and other delightful chemicals that can cause blood disorders, convulsions, and breathing problems. Some folks have even fled the area.

Well, well, well, what do we have here? Shell, the beloved corporate villain, has once again proven that it’s never too late to outdo itself in the race to the bottom. Welcome to Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where Shell’s ethane cracker plant has turned the community into a living nightmare. Who could’ve guessed? Oh, wait – everyone.

What’s Happening?

In a dazzling display of corporate gaslighting, Shell promised Beaver County that its ethane cracker plant would be a magical land of employment, tax revenue, and economic bliss. So, Pennsylvania, in its infinite wisdom, handed Shell a cool $1.65 billion to set up shop. Fast forward two years, and surprise! The plant has racked up 23 violations of air quality and clean water standards, like a delinquent teenager collecting detention slips.

The Glorious Results

In just six months, the plant managed to exceed 12-month limits for volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and hazardous air pollutants. Residents are now basking in the glow of carcinogens and other delightful chemicals that can cause blood disorders, convulsions, and breathing problems. Some folks have even fled the area. Who knew that Shell’s promises would turn into a horror show? Oh, that’s right, everyone knew.

Anaïs Peterson, a petrochemicals campaigner with Earthworks, nailed it: “It was very clear what kind of facility this was going to be. We all knew it was going to be bad, but it’s shockingly bad.” Kudos to Shell for exceeding expectations in the worst possible way.

Why Should You Care?

Well, besides the fact that humans, including children, live there, pollutants like nitrogen oxides are particularly harmful to kids. And guess what? There are three elementary schools within five miles of this hellscape. Jackie Shock-Stewart, a former local, didn’t realize how much stress she was under until she moved away. The smell, noise, and light from the plant have made life unbearable. One resident lamented, “I can never sit on my porch, we can’t garden… Our house was never as dusty as it is now, before the plant opened.” Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it?

Shell’s Pay-to-Pollute Scheme

So, what’s being done about this travesty? Shell has been slapped with a $12 million fine. But, considering they raked in $28 billion in profits last year, that’s just pocket change – a minor inconvenience in their budget. As ICN puts it, Shell can basically “pay to pollute.”

What’s Next?

The community is hanging on by a thread, trying to hold Shell accountable. Education, advocacy, and voting are the tools at their disposal. Yvette Arellano from Fenceline Watch advises that eroding Shell’s “social license” to pollute might be more effective than waiting for government regulation. The deadline for Shell to submit an operating permit has just passed, and the Pennsylvania DEP has 18 months to respond. The clock is ticking, but given Shell’s track record, don’t hold your breath for a miracle.

So there you have it, folks. Shell, once again showing the world how to turn a community’s dreams into a toxic wasteland. Bravo, Shell. Bravo.

Related: Residents take legal action against Shell as new local facility wreaks havoc on community: ‘We all knew it was going to be bad, but it’s shockingly bad’

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