Shell Global received $1.65 billion in taxpayer-funded tax breaks to develop a massive, polluting petrochemical plant in Beaver County.
Emissions from this plant will contain a toxic mix of pollutants – particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds, such as acrolein, benzene, toluene and naphthalene – that exacerbate symptoms of asthma and cause cancer. It will be the largest source of volatile organic compounds in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Tell Governor Tom Wolf, state lawmakers, local officials and Shell leadership that Shell Global is a #ToxicNeighbor that is not welcome in our region.
While a recent settlement ensures fence line monitoring of pollution onsite, the agreement does not address toxic emissions that will affect public health, nor does it address the inadequate permits that have already been granted to Shell. Our governor, state leaders and regional business leaders should be aware that the signers of this petition:
Demand that Shell Global go beyond the inadequate limits in its current air and water permits by installing and maintaining best available control technologies, along with best operational practices to protect people across the region.
Mandate an industry oversight committee of citizens who are trained on the monitoring platform to ensure air and water monitoring equipment and systems remain transparent and accessible to the public at all times, with substantial recourse when systems exceed limits and standards.
Say NO to more petrochemical plants. We do not want to witness the region become the next cancer alley.
Demand state regulators fix the air emissions permit trading program so that it protects public health instead of favoring the interests of big polluters.
The greater Pittsburgh region has too much to lose by handing over the keys to our future to big polluters. We demand adequate safeguards for our health, and an economy built on innovations that continue to improve our communities and environment.