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Captain Evan Clark of Three Rivers Waterkeeper started trawling the shores of the Ohio River in Beaver County in September 2022 to monitor Shell’s newly opened ethane cracker for water pollution. He began finding plastic pellets called nurdles, similar to what the plant was supposed to produce. But the pellets weren’t the same size or shape as what Shell’s plant would make.
The “green pope” denounced the scale of emissions from high-consumption cultures and argued that the world’s poor were paying the price.

Local environmental groups are suing plastics manufacturer BVPV Styrenics for violating the federal Clean Water Act at its Monaca facility — a charge that the company disputed.