Reports: Work at Shell cracker plant will stop because of increase in coronavirus cases

There have been nine confirmed COVID-19 cases at Shell Chemical’s new ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, according to a company spokesperson.
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Rosa Galvez: Canada also has an environmental racism problem

If we seek real action against systemic racism in Canada, we can no longer ignore the interplay of racial and environmental justice and the role of policing communities of colour in order to enable irresponsible polluting corporations.

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U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution urges fossil fuel divestiture

Mayor Bill Peduto is one of 16 cosponsoring a resolution from the U.S. Conference on Mayors urging cities to divest themselves from investments in fossil fuels and support greener options.

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Competing reports offer different outlook on Ohio Valley's petrochemical future

Environmental groups and some financial analysts are warning the risk is growing for plastics and petrochemical manufacturers.

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Mississippi set to become the 13th state to criminalize fossil fuel protest

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In Louisiana, stepping onto oil and gas industry land may soon get you 3 years or more in prison

The state is one of four to pass bills amidst the pandemic imposing harsh penalties for trespassing on oil pipelines or other “critical infrastructure.”
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Four environmental issues in the Pittsburgh region to keep your eyes on in the age of COVID-19

COVID-19 cost jobs, closed businesses and limited travel. But the economic ruin has also led to record low levels of pollution and huge reductions in climate change emissions globally.

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Shell says it will reintroduce 300 construction workers a week in ramp up at cracker site

The petrochemical plant in Beaver County is buzzing back to life with 800 workers on site as of last week and a plan to add 300 more workers per week going forward, officials at Shell Chemical Appalachia said.

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Mossmorran: Sepa seeks prosecution over chemical plant flaring

Six days of unplanned flaring at Mossmorran chemical plant in Fife led to more than 900 complaints.
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Phillips 66 shareholders support studying climate change impact on Gulf Coast petrochemical facilities

A majority of Phillips 66 investors voted for a shareholder proposal that asked the Houston refiner to produce information about the public health risks of expanding petrochemical operations along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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Will coronavirus be the death or salvation of big plastic?

Big Oil was already pivoting to plastic before COVID-19 torpedoed global oil prices. What does that mean for the future of consumer plastic?
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Shell is getting out of the Appalachian shale business but not petrochemicals

Swepi LP, the exploration and production arm of Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell, announced that it is selling its Pennsylvania oil and gas assets to National Fuel Gas Co. for $541 million.

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As coronavirus ravages Louisiana, ‘cancer alley’ residents haven’t given up the fight against polluters

The state’s African Americans face some of the country’s worst pollution — and some of its most severe COVID-19 outcomes. The two may well be linked.
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John Hans Gilderbloom, Gregory D. Squires: When pollution and poverty meet coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 into communities long suffering from environmental inequities could spell disaster for local residents, like in Louisville, Kentucky.

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