Tag: Beaver County

‘Orange Sky at Night, Frackers Delight’

Massive flare-offs at Shell’s newly operational PENNSYLVANIA PETROCHEMICALS COMPLEX is a sure sign that things are well underway, converting shale gas ethane into little plastic nurdles. What the company calls “full production” won’t occur until some point next year, all while their air permit… Continue Reading “‘Orange Sky at Night, Frackers Delight’”

Shell Cracker Plant: Aerial Views Oct 2021 & Oct 2022

From an October 1, 2021 flight, to a second flight a year later on October 21, 2022, we see further development at Shell’s Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex along the Ohio River north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: VIDEO: Ethane Crackers & Associated Health Impacts MORE NEWS: Shell’s… Continue Reading “Shell Cracker Plant: Aerial Views Oct 2021 & Oct 2022”

Pennsylvania DEP Permit Notices | Compliance Dashboard | Nov 5-12, 2022

The following DEP notices were published in the November 12 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups — Lower Mount… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania DEP Permit Notices | Compliance Dashboard | Nov 5-12, 2022”

PA Senate, House Pass Massive, 20-Year Taxpayer Subsidies for Fracked Gas, Hydrogen & Petrochemicals

Passed in Hours with No Public Accountability or Environmental Safeguards By David E. Hess | PA Environment Blog | October 27, 2022 On October 26, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out House Bill 1059 (Hickernell-R-Lancaster) after amending it to provide $106.6 million in annual… Continue Reading “PA Senate, House Pass Massive, 20-Year Taxpayer Subsidies for Fracked Gas, Hydrogen & Petrochemicals”

MINOTT: Big Gas Will Throttle our Economy no More

OPINION: Joseph Otis Minott | Clean Air Council | October 6, 2022 Big gas has throttled Pennsylvania’s economy and that of the wider Ohio Valley for the last fifteen years. While gas executives like Energy Transfer’s Kelcy Warren and Chesapeake’s Aubrey McClendon managed to… Continue Reading “MINOTT: Big Gas Will Throttle our Economy no More”

PA DEP: Shell, Pipeline Contractor Assessed $670,000 Penalty

Falcon Ethane Pipeline Construction Violations in Allegheny, Beaver, Washington Counties in Western Pennsylvania On October 13, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it has executed a $670,000 consent assessment of civil penalty with Shell Pipeline Company LP and its contractor, Minnesota Limited LLC, for… Continue Reading “PA DEP: Shell, Pipeline Contractor Assessed $670,000 Penalty”

Oil and Gas Facility Public Notices in PA

The following DEP and Susquehanna River Basin Commission notices were published in the October 1 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industrial facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. Compiled by David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog… Continue Reading “Oil and Gas Facility Public Notices in PA”

VIDEO: PA Health & Environment Studies Meeting

October 5, 2022 – Canonsburg Town Park Meeting Video: NEWS STORIES Public briefed on fracking health studies, despite no-show from Pitt, DOH Reid Frazier | StateImpact Pennsylvania | October 6, 2022 – The studies were prompted after dozens of children and young adults were… Continue Reading “VIDEO: PA Health & Environment Studies Meeting”

ZOOM Tonight: ‘Eyes on Shell’ Cracker Plant Meeting

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2022 at 7:30pm – Watchdog Updates – What is Shell up to? >>REGISTER HERE<< Orange skies – Smoky flaring – River foam – Nurdles DISCUSSION TOPICS: Did you miss our last meeting? Visit BCMAC’s Eyes on Shell information page to learn more about… Continue Reading “ZOOM Tonight: ‘Eyes on Shell’ Cracker Plant Meeting”

Black Smoke Erupts from Shell Cracker Plant

Just after high noon on Sunday, right before the Steelers home opener kickoff, local residents saw black smoke belching from the elevated “candlestick” flare at the new Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex near Monaca, PA. Residents of Washington County, PA are no strangers to similar sorts… Continue Reading “Black Smoke Erupts from Shell Cracker Plant”

Pennsylvania becomes the newest sacrifice zone for America’s plastic addiction

That subtitle is part of a September 15, 2022 Environmental Health News story, The Titans of Plastic, in partnership with Sierra Magazine, where reporter Kristina Marusic writes about Shell’s new Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaca, PA, as it nears production of plastic ‘nurdles.’ “Shell ranks in… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania becomes the newest sacrifice zone for America’s plastic addiction”

Boom and Bust: 2nd Virtual Movie Screening Tonight

Wednesday August 17, 2022 at 7:00pm EDT >> REGISTER HERE << Watch as seven residents of western PA travel to the Gulf Coast region to explore what it looks like to live alongside a cracker plant. Travel along with them as they ask the… Continue Reading “Boom and Bust: 2nd Virtual Movie Screening Tonight”

Boom and Bust: Virtual Movie Screening Tonight

Monday August 8, 2022 at 7:00pm EDT >> REGISTER HERE << Watch as seven residents of western PA travel to the Gulf Coast region to explore what it looks like to live alongside a cracker plant. Travel along with them as they ask the… Continue Reading “Boom and Bust: Virtual Movie Screening Tonight”

Early Exodus from Cracker Plant Area

While some ‘shale refugees’ — the term I use to describe families who have moved away from the nascent yet burgeoning shale gas industry in western Pennsylvania — move out-of-county, some move out-of-state. Reid Frazier’s StateImpact story “Pa. sees Shell’s ethane cracker as an… Continue Reading “Early Exodus from Cracker Plant Area”

Doctors Report: When Shell Cracker Plant Opens Soon

In a new YouTube video, two local doctors ‘spell it out’ for those wondering about all the air pollution that will be generated by the new Shell Cracker Plant in Monaca, PA, and what to expect in: “Eyes on Shell Watchdog Meeting – July… Continue Reading “Doctors Report: When Shell Cracker Plant Opens Soon”

Frackin’ & Crackin’ Plastic This Summer

The story ‘Preparing for Petrochemicals‘ by Rick Mullin appeared on Chemical & Engineering News (c&en) on May 9th. The author took a balanced approach to what this massive Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex (aka ‘cracker plant’) will mean to Beaver County and the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania tri-state… Continue Reading “Frackin’ & Crackin’ Plastic This Summer”

SHELL Cracker Plant

The huge Pennsylvania Petrochemicals plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania (Beaver County) is due to begin production of plastic nurdles this year. This December 8, 2021 webinar video features several speakers who describe what this plastic production plant will mean to the local area, with the… Continue Reading “SHELL Cracker Plant”