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Shell reports release of sulfur dioxide at Convent Refinery

By John Donovan

Shell has reported the unauthorized release of a hazardous substance, sulfur dioxide, at its Convent Refinery in Louisiana.

This is not the first controversy surrounding the Shell/Motiva Convent Refinery…

Shell Email Leak Says US Convent Refinery Income Dismal -Blog

LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Income performance at Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Convent refinery near Baton Rouge in Louisiana has been dismal since July 2008 and the company needs to cut costs to return to profitability, according to an internal email from part-owner Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) which was leaked to a blog critical of the company. “We are getting our costs in line at Convent in order to become competitive in a tough business environment,” the email sent to Motiva staff by manager David Brignac said. “We are considering reductions in operator positions, but no final decisions have been made on operator staffing levels,” he writes in the email posted Friday on royaldutchshellplc.com. read more

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Motiva Releases Emissions at Convent Refinery in Louisiana

By Paul Burkhardt – Apr 12, 2011 12:37 PM GMT+0100

Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Convent Refinery in Louisiana released 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide from three flare stacks because of an imbalance in the fuel gas system, according to a filing with the National Response Center.

U.S. refineries must notify the response center if they release hazardous substances in excess of reportable quantities, according to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund.

Motiva is a refining and marketing joint venture of Saudi Refining Inc., a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, and Shell Oil Co., a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (RDSA) read more

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Shale gas ‘worse than coal’ for climate


Gas is a natural by-product of shale rock

12 April 2011 Last updated at 18:10

By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News

The new kid on the energy block, shale gas, may be worse in climate change terms than coal, a study concludes.

Drawn from rock through a controversial “fracking” process, some hail the gas as a “stepping stone” to a low-carbon future and a route to energy security.

But US researchers found that shale gas wells leak substantial amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. read more

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