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Petrochemical giant Shell exploring options to reduce ground flaring at Mossmorran

Shell is in “commercially sensitive” talks to find a solution to continuous flaring at its Mossmorran plant.

The petrochemical giant, which operates Fife Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) Plant alongside Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP), run by ExxonMobil, said it is trying to stem a flow of ethane which needs to be burned off by ground flares at the site.

Since the failure of two of its three boilers in mid-August, the ExxonMobil plant has been shut down. However, the Shell plant is still running.

Shell’s Fife NGL Plant produces hydrocarbons for industry including ethane, which is piped to FEP to be processed. read more

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Shell memo sent to union leaders before an appearance by Trump warned against protests and threatened pay reduction

A memo sent to union leaders by Shell before an appearance by Donald Trump — displayed by a recipient via Twitter — warns against protests and threatens pay reduction. read more

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QUARTZ: Virgin plastic pellets are the biggest pollution disaster you’ve never heard of

Before plastic is made into anything else, it is made into pellets. And those pellets are leaking everywhere. When completed, the new facility will pump out 1.8 million tons (1.6 million metric tons) of plastic each year.  The vast majority of that plastic, like the vast majority of all plastic made up to now, will likely not be recycled. And it will exist virtually forever, crumbling into microplastics that show up most everywhere scientists look for them. Those small spheres, sometimes known as “nurdles,” are a massive source of plastic pollution, escaping into the environment before they have a chance to be molded into a useful shape. With roughly 22,000 nurdles per pound of plastic, the Shell plant intends to produce the rough equivalent of 80 trillion nurdles per year. As the Royal Dutch Shell plant rises in Pennsylvania, environmental groups and scientists are worried about the lack of regulation to specifically address plastic pellet pollution. (Shell did not return a request for comment.) 

By Zoë Schlanger: 19 Aug 2019

Some 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in a township adjacent to a state forest, oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell is building a sprawling new plant to support what it sees as the future of its business: making millions of tons of new, virgin plastic.

US president Trump visited the facility last week, highlighting the 5,000 construction jobs it has created. The plant is just one of more than 300 new plastic facilities proposed or permitted for the US in the near future. Shell, along with other major oil and gas companies like Exxon, sees plastic as one avenue for growth as natural gas prices plummet—and, longer-term, as a way to weather the world’s slow rejection of fossil fuels as an energy source. read more

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Safety Guidance for Operating Construction Crane

Shell Petrochemical Plant under construction in Beaver County Pa., Crowded with Cranes. Aug 2019

Operating Heavy machine is no joke. If anything goes wrong, it can claim lives. 

So, as a crane operator, you should make sure the whole operations go smoothly. Following, we are giving you a few safety tips to help you out!

What You Need to Know

Tower and mobile cranes are useful for different construction scenarios. But they do present a few hazards like:

Collapse: Crane collapse are unfortunate events that may lead to severe (even fatal) injuries to both workers and bystanders.

Load Falling or Line Snapping: As tower cranes are high, there is a possibility that high winds or tight spaces can make the load fall. This is a great danger for everyone on the ground level. read more

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Jeering, protesting or shouting not tolerated during Trump campaign speech at Shell microplastics plant

“Jeering, protesting or shouting was not tolerated, a leaked memo said. Staying away was allowed, but then the overtime allowance would be reduced.”

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch FT, Financieele Dagblad.

With the call, the contractors wanted to improve the fragile relationship between the unions and President Donald Trump. Photo: Justin Merriman / Bloomberg

Construction workers at Shell factory were asked to treat Trump kindly

Van onze redacteur: 19 August 2019

To the great satisfaction of the contractors, the thousands of construction workers from a Shell plant under construction northwest of Pittsburgh received President Donald Trump on Tuesday with loud applause.

The construction companies had asked their employees to treat the president in a friendly manner in an attempt to improve the fragile relationship between the White House and the trade unions. Jeering, protesting or shouting was not tolerated, a leaked memo said. Staying away was allowed, but then the overtime allowance would be reduced. read more

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Trump Shell factory speech crowd members were paid to listen to him and banned from ‘anything viewed as resistance’

Workers ordered not to criticise the president

Workers at a Royal Dutch Shell plant in Pennsylvania were forced to choose between attending a speech by Donald Trump or earning less than their coworkers who did.

Attendance was optional, but contract workers who chose not to stand in the crowd would not qualify for time-and-a-half pay when they arrived at work on Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Workers at the unfinished Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex had to arrive at 7am, scan their ID cards and stand for hours until the US president’s speech began. read more

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The Washington Post: Trump’s speech at a Shell plant drew thousands of workers. They were paid overtime to be there.

By Marisa Iati Morgan Krakow August 17 at 4:03 PM

Workers at a Royal Dutch Shell plant in Monaca, Pa., were forced to choose Tuesday between attending a speech by President Trump or forgoing overtime pay that their co-workers would earn.

Attendance was optional, but contract workers who chose not to stand in the crowd would not qualify for time-and-a-half pay when they arrived at work Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Several companies with thousands of unionized workers have contracts with Shell, one the world’s largest oil and gas companies. read more

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Workers had 3 options: Attend Trump’s speech, use paid time off or receive no pay

“This is just what Shell wanted to do, and we went along with it”

Washington (CNN)Workers at the Pennsylvania petrochemical plant where President Donald Trump spoke Tuesday were told that if they didn’t attend the event, they either had to use paid time off or receive no pay for the day.

At least some of the workers who attended the speech were instructed not to protest the President, who told the crowd of workers at the Royal Dutch Shell plant he would be imploring their union leaders to support his reelection. read more

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SHELL TO BE A BIG PLAYER IN CONTROVERSIAL MICROPLASTICS

SHELL TO BE A BIG PLAYER IN MICROPLASTICS

By John Donovan

The timing of President Trump’s delayed visit to Shell’s new Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, which will produce more than a million tons of plastic in the form of tiny pellets, turned out to be unfortunate.

It happened to coincide with the release of scientific research and evidence about the unknown consequences of airborne microplastics on the heath of “birds, fish, whales and people”.

Please read the extracts below from various news organisations covering the Trump visit, which inevitably was surrounded by controversy and scandal. read more

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Shell ethane cracker plant: a massively subsidised health hazard

Guest Opinion: Jobs and health hazards: Don’t let Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ come to Pennsylvania

By Julieta Biegner, Global Witness: 13 August 2019

Today, President Trump is set to visit a Shell petrochemical plant where state subsidies cost $2.75 million per permanent job created.

The White House has made clear that it expects Pennsylvania to play a key role in its U.S. energy dominance agenda, citing the cusp of an “Appalachian Petrochemical Renaissance.” So it comes as no shock that Trump will visit a Beaver County petrochemical plant today.

The apparent purpose of the trip is to tout domestic manufacturing and energy production. read more

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Shell Chemical workers diagnosed with cancer secure cash benefits

Asbestos-laced products were used for decades at Shell Chemical.

Shell Chemical workers diagnosed with cancer secure cash benefits from multiple private trusts

Federal courts require asbestos manufacturers to compensate cancer victims

Plant workers employed before 1981 diagnosed with various cancers are entitled to special benefits. Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, laryngeal cancer, pharyngeal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and mesothelioma are frequently caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos-laced products were used for decades at Shell Chemical. Neither employees nor management were aware of the asbestos risk.

Asbestos is a mineral that in its natural state is harmless. It becomes harmful when it is pulled apart or ground up into flexible fibers. Then, when inhaled or swallowed, microscopic asbestos fibers may be permanently affixed to body tissue. Over many years, these fibers may cause genetic changes that can lead to cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, “It can take from 10 to 40 years or more for asbestos-related cancers to appear.” read more

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REUTERS: Dutch court orders Shell to pay $2.8 million fine for 2014 plant blast

JUNE 17, 2019 / 2:17 PM

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A Dutch court on Monday ordered Royal Dutch Shell to pay a 2.5 million euro ($2.8 million) fine for failing to prevent an explosion at its Moerdijk facility in 2014 and for breaching emissions limits at the plant.

The district court in Den Bosch said Shell had not done enough to prevent an incident on June 3, 2014 which resulted in a series of explosions and a large fire at the Moerdijk chemical plant.

“The factory, employees, the surroundings and the environment were subject to great danger that day”, the court said. “This justifies a significant punishment.” read more

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Moerdijk explosion: Shell outraged at phone tapping by Dutch Public Prosecution Service

Shell is outraged that government services have tapped telephone calls from employees. These are employees of Shell itself and subsidiary Shell Chemie Nederland. This eavesdropping operation led by the Public Prosecution Service (OM) took place during the internal investigation by Shell employees into the causes of a major explosion… The OM accuses Shell Chemie Nederland of knowingly putting people’s lives in danger…

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch FT, Financieele Dagblad.

Shell angry about eavesdropping in relation

to Moerdijk explosion

Vasco van der Boon

Shell is outraged that government services have tapped telephone calls from employees. These are employees of Shell itself and subsidiary Shell Chemie Nederland.

This eavesdropping operation led by the Public Prosecution Service (OM) took place during the internal investigation by Shell employees into the causes of a major explosion. This took place on 3 June 2014 at the chemical complex of Shell Moerdijk.

Maximum fine

Shell’s annoyance about this eavesdropping operation was expressed on Thursday in the criminal case that the OM has brought against the group. The OM accuses Shell Chemie Nederland of knowingly putting people in danger of life and knowingly breaking the environmental rules. read more

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Dutch Public Prosecution Service demands maximum fine against Shell for explosion at Moerdijk

According to the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, an explosion at Shell Moerdijk was the result of ‘disturbing’ negligence on the part of the company. According to the court, the Shell Chemical Nederland criminal record has twelve pages of convictions and settlements of environmental violations. 

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch FT, Financieele Dagblad.

OM demands maximum fine against Shell for explosion at Moerdijk

Vasco van der Boon: 15 MAY 2019


According to the court, the Shell Chemical Nederland criminal record has twelve pages of convictions and settlements of environmental violations. Photo: Dijkstra

The Public Prosecution Service (OM) demands a maximum possible fine of € 2.68 million against Shell Chemie Nederland. According to the OM, an explosion at Shell Moerdijk was the result of ‘disturbing’ negligence on the part of the company. The chemical group was, the OM further states, “considerably careless.” “Leading in chemistry, but not leading in safety.” That appeared on Tuesday at the session in the court of Den Bosch. read more

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REUTERS: Dutch prosecutors demand Shell pays $3 million fine for 2014 plant blast

Reuters:

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch prosecutors on Tuesday said Royal Dutch Shell should pay a fine of 2.7 million euros (2.34 million pounds) for failing to prevent an explosion at its Moerdijk facility in 2014 and for breaching emissions limits at the plant.

Shell has said it “deeply regretted” what happened and had taken measures to prevent it from occurring again.

In their case at the district court in Den Bosch, prosecutors said Shell had not done enough to prevent an incident on June 3, 2014 which resulted in a series of explosions and a large fire at the Moerdijk chemical plant. read more

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Shell Annual Report 2018: PESTICIDE LITIGATION

…there remains a high degree of uncertainty regarding the potential outcome of some of these pending lawsuits, as well as their potential effect on future operations, earnings, cash flows and Shell’s financial condition.

Shell Annual Report 2018: PESTICIDE LITIGATION

PESTICIDE LITIGATION
Shell Oil Company (SOC), along with another agricultural chemical pesticide manufacturer and several distributors, has been sued by public and quasi- public water purveyors alleging responsibility for groundwater contamination caused by applications of chemical pesticides. There are approximately 45 such cases currently pending. These suits assert various theories of strict liability and negligence, and seek to recover actual damages, including drinking well treatment and remediation costs. Most assert claims for punitive damages. While the Company continues to vigorously defend these lawsuits, a new environmental regulatory standard became effective in the State of California, where a majority of the suits are pending. The new standard requires public water systems state wide to perform quarterly or monthly sampling of their drinking water sources for a chemical contained in certain pesticides, beginning in January 2018. Water systems deemed out of compliance with the new five parts per trillion regulatory standard must take corrective action to resolve the exceedance or take the potable water source out of service. In response to this new regulatory standard, the Company is monitoring the sampling results to determine the number of wells potentially impacted. Based on the claims asserted and SOC’s track record, with regard to amounts paid to resolve varying claims, management does not expect the outcome of these lawsuits pending at December 31, 2018, to have a material adverse impact on Shell. However, there remains a high degree of uncertainty regarding the potential outcome of some of these pending lawsuits, as well as their potential effect on future operations, earnings, cash flows and Shell’s financial condition. read more

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