Shell Cracker Air Quality Permits from PA DEP Temporarily Extended

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) has extended three temporary air permits for the Shell ethane cracker plant in Monaca, PA, which would have expired at the end of April. The extended permits will suffice until Shell files for and receives what is called a federal Title V Operating Permit for air emissions from…

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Shell PA Cracker Must File for Full Title V Air Permit, or Else

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) sent a letter to the Shell ethane cracker plant on Feb. 22 essentially saying, “You’re time is up.” The cracker plant facility has 120 days from Feb. 22 (until Jun. 21) to file for a federal Title V Operating Permit for air emissions. If the facility doesn’t at…

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PA DEP Shakes Down Shell Another $2.6M for Cracker Air Violations

Although Shell maintains flaring and accidental emissions from its new multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker in Beaver County, PA, have not violated state and federal air standards, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) says they have — on numerous occasions. Shell didn’t argue the point, and last May, the company agreed to pay nearly $10 million…

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19 New Shale Well Permits Issued for PA-OH-WV Feb 5 – 11

There were 19 new permits issued to drill in the Marcellus/Utica during the week of Feb. 5 – 11, versus 20 permits issued the prior week. Pennsylvania issued 13 new permits last week. Ohio issued 4 new permits. West Virginia issued 2 new permits last week. Range Resources scored the most new permits with 5…

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PA DEP Finally OKs Use of Big Sewickley Creek Water for Fracking

In 2021, PennEnergy Resources made a request to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) to withdraw up to 3 million gallons of water a day from Big Sewickley Creek and one of its tributaries for shale fracking (see Dem PA Lawmaker Wants to Block Use of Creek Water for Fracking). In March 2022, PennEnergy…

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Shell PA Cracker’s First Birthday – One Unit Still Not Online

The Shell ethane cracker plant in Monaca, PA (Beaver County) just hit a milestone: It’s been up and running (in a manner of speaking) for one year. Except during that one year, quite a bit of the time was spent NOT running due to various technical and equipment issues. According to a review done by…

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Shell’s PA Ethane Cracker Restarts After Weeks of Maintenance

Shell’s mighty ethane cracker plant in Monaca (Beaver County), PA, has been shut down for “weeks” in order to conduct maintenance on the plant. The cracker plant, according to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), has been down since October and is just now restarting. By our math, it was down for the entire…

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Columbia Gas Tests Hydrogen/NatGas Blends at Safety Town in SWPA

In 2016, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania created a new training center in Monaca (Beaver County), PA, to train its workers to handle things that can go wrong with natural gas piped into homes (see the Post-Gazette story, Columbia Gas’ new training site a place where anything can go wrong). The small model neighborhood created by…

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NiSource Experiments with Hydrogen/NatGas Blending in Monaca, PA

With buckets of money being thrown at hydrogen energy as the next great savior of humankind (so we don’t toast ourselves to death), it’s no wonder that power generation and local gas utility companies are looking at and experimenting with mixing hydrogen with natural gas to reduce carbon dioxide (and methane) emissions. NiSource, owner and…

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22 New Shale Well Permits Issued for PA-OH-WV Sep 11 – 17

New shale permits issued for Sep 11 – 17 in the Marcellus/Utica rebounded. There were 22 new permits issued last week, up from 14 issued two weeks ago. But the increase came from an unlikely source. Last week’s permit tally included 9 new permits in Pennsylvania, 1 new permit in Ohio, and 12 new permits…

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Ctte Doling Out $5M in Shell Cracker Shakedown Cash Sets Criteria

Although Shell maintains flaring and accidental emissions from its new multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker in Beaver County, PA, have not violated state and federal air standards, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) says they have–on numerous occasions. Shell didn’t argue the point, and in May, the company agreed to pay nearly $10 million in fines…

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PA DEP Forms Ctte to Dole Out $5M in Shell Cracker Shakedown Cash

Although Shell maintains flaring and accidental emissions from its new multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker in Beaver County, PA, have not violated state and federal air standards, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) says they have–on numerous occasions. Shell didn’t argue the point, and in May, the company agreed to pay nearly $10 million in fines…

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Green Activists Complain to Wrong Agency re Shell Cracker Violations

Yesterday around 30-40 environmental activists (anti-fossil fuelers), along with a handful of local residents, rallied in Beaver, PA, before showing up for the Beaver County Commission regular meeting. The protesters, who want the Shell ethane cracker plant shut down, vented their concerns about the plant to county commissioners. The three county commissioners listened while antis

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Shell Cracker Agrees to $10M Shakedown from PA, Restarting Now

In March, Shell said its Pennsylvania ethane cracker facility had not–using new, more accurate methods of measuring emissions–violated emissions limits… Continue reading The post Shell Cracker Agrees to $10M Shakedown from PA, Restarting Now first appeared on Marcellus Drilling News. This post appeared first on Marcellus Drilling News.

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Shell PA Cracker Plant Remains Shut Down for “Few Weeks” at Least

The Shell ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, PA (near Pittsburgh) has experienced a number of problems over the past… Continue reading The post Shell PA Cracker Plant Remains Shut Down for “Few Weeks” at Least first appeared on Marcellus Drilling News. This post appeared first on Marcellus Drilling News.

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