Flare Work Planned for This Weekend

Pending any further scheduling issues, we are planning to move forward with our flare work this coming weekend (Jan. 19). This is the work on the Pacheco Blvd. side of the refinery that we had previously re-scheduled a couple of times.

Flare Work Weekend of Jan. 12

We wanted to let you know that we will be doing some work on one of our flares over the weekend of Jan. 12 near the Pacheco Blvd. side of the refinery.

Greenhouse gas reduction - a top priority

Greenhouse gas reduction - a top priority at Shell Martinez. We are mindful of the important role we have in constantly looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint.

Veterans Fundraiser Dinner a Huge Success

The Shell Martinez Refinery and general managers meeting from the throughout the Americas in Martinez hosted a successful fundraising dinner on Tues., Nov. 12, at the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Martinez, raising more than $11,000 for needed kitchen improvements.

Run for Education Raises $50,000 for Martinez Schools

Sunday’s 11th Annual Shell/MEF 5k/10k Run for Education was a huge success, raising $50,000 for the Martinez Education Foundation. At the grandstand at Martinez’s Main Street Plaza, Shell Martinez Refinery General Manager Paul Gabbard presented Martinez Schools Superintendent Rami Muth with a ceremonial check for $50,000.

11th Annual Run-Walk for Education

On your mark, get set, and run (or walk) for education! The 11th annual Shell/Martinez Education Foundation Run for Education will take place Sunday, Oct. 6, in downtown Martinez.

Shell Martinez - Working Safely Every Day

Shell Martinez Refinery workers put safety first every day. Shell’s annual Safety Day in June gave us a chance to interview some of the workers, from the general manager to some operators and engineers, about how they ensure that safe practices and mindsets are always at the forefront of every job we do.

Video of Beacon lift-off

Shell Martinez Refinery and Maxim Crane were privileged to be entrusted with the recent removal of the “Eye of Diablo”.

State Officials Visit Shell, Tour Refinery

We are very proud to have hosted some of the state’s top safety officials at the refinery today including the Chief of Cal-OSHA and the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations.

Contra Costa Poll Luncheon on April 8

The Contra Costa Council will be hosting a luncheon on April 8 to discuss the latest results of the Contra Costa Poll funded by Shell, Phillips and Tesoro.

No incident at Shell

We have received word from some of our employees that there is a news report about an incident of some kind that mistakenly identifies Shell as the source.

PG&E Work Sunday

We got word from PG&E that they will be venting a small amount of natural gas from a valve near our Pacheco fence line this coming Sunday morning.

Latest Shell Scenario Work

Shell is famous for its energy scenario work, exploring how economic, political and social forces shape both the energy system and the environment.

Community Appreciation Day in Martinez, California

Every year we try to get out to the local Martinez Stations and just let the community of Martinez know how much we appreciate them and how lucky we feel to be able to do business in such a great community. So today we're doing full service gasoline.

Baseball Anyone?

I love working at Shell, but I will confess that I love baseball more.  

Flare Work Complete

The flare work at the refinery has been completed. Thanks to all of our neighbors for your patience as we had to re-schedule this project a couple of times.

More Security Upgrades

Neighbors on the Grandview side of the refinery may notice some extra activity in the coming weeks as we continue with various security upgrades to the facility.

Flare Work Postponed

The flare work we had originally scheduled for this weekend has been postponed. Our apologies for the schedule change. We will update this blog when we have a new date.

Lesher blogs from Germany

Guten Tag from the Rhine River in Germany, where I am honored to be leading the social performance review at Shell’s Rheinland Refinery complex.

More on Winter Gas

Governor Brown issued an order to the California Air Resources Board directing them to allow refineries to begin blending “winter gasoline”

Shell Wharf Work

We will be doing some work down at our wharf through the next couple of months.

Good Neighbor Column on Shell/MEF Run for Education

Faith Barnidge, the Contra Costa Times’ Good Neighbor columnist, has a good column on our upcoming Shell/MEF Run for Education this Sunday. This year there are two races, a 5k and a new 10k, as the run marks its 10th anniversary of supporting Martinez schools.

Flare Work Complete

The testing we did on our flare this weekend has been successfully completed with no issues.

Test Complete

Update–In follow-up to the earlier post, I’m told the siren has been tested and is ok.

Refinery Odor

Residents on the Pacheco Blvd. side of the refinery may be smelling a propane/sour type odor.

A Culture of Safety

Shell Martinez Refinery must ensure the health and safety of our workers and other workers at our site

Activity at Shell

A heads up that you are going to see a lot of activity around Shell for the next couple of weeks as we begin some maintenance work on Saturday.

Shell Activity on Marina Vista Monday

Dear Friends, I wanted to let you know that, weather permitting, we will be doing a concrete pour this coming Monday, April 9 in the northern part of the refinery, north of Marina Vista.

Shell Holiday Activities

As usual, folks at Shell Martinez are very busy for the holidays.  We are mindful of the fact that in this environment, the help of our company and our employees is needed perhaps more than ever.  Thanks to all of our employees and partners for their work on so many great community projects.

- Steve

Shell Donates $10,000

Wanted to share with you a press release put out by Los Medanos College recently. I’ve pasted it below. We are happy to support this program at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg — Erin

Steve Lesher Recognized for His Speakers Series

Shell Martinez’s Steve Lesher, director of Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, was the subject of Tom Barnidge’s column in the Sunday Contra Costa Times on Nov. 6. Barnidge gives the history of the Lesher Speakers Series, which Steve conceived of in 2003 and which has brought a wide variety of speakers, from politicians and athletes to astronauts and historians, to the stage of the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek.

Proud of his NFL Running Back Son

When the Kansas City Chiefs arrived in Oakland on Oct. 23 to play the Raiders at the Coliseum, Shell Martinez inspector Jack Battle was in the stands cheering on the visiting team.

Annual Shelter-In Place Drill to take place Nov. 2

The Contra Costa CAER (Community Awareness Emergency Response) group, of which Shell Martinez Refinery is a member, is going to hold its to 10th annual Shelter-in Place drill at local schools on Nov. 2. Read all about it in these attached links.  Go out and enjoy this gorgeous fall weather we are experiencing and stay safe!

Shell Employee Makes the News

Martinez Refinery employee David Hedrick, who works in our Production Excellence Department, was featured in the Dixon Tribune this week for the colorful way that he and his wife, Elaine, decorate their house for Halloween. Neighbors call it the “Spider House,” and David is sometimes referred to as “Spider Man.”

Check out the Energy Diet Challenge

Our colleagues in Shell Canada are involved in a cool partnership with Canadian Geographic, the “Energy Diet Challenge.”  Six families have been selected to participate in a competition for household energy efficiency.  The winning household will win a Toyota Prius.

Work Going on North of Marina Vista

We wanted to let the community know about some work we are doing in the refinery north of Marina Vista. Although it is distant from most homes, some people may hear some pile driving noise intermittently over the next few weeks. The overall project is going to run through the next year and a half, but the vast majority of work should be unnoticeable to you.

Congressman Thompson Visits Refinery

We are very honored to have hosted Congressman Mike Thompson and his aide Brian Bottari for a tour of the refinery today.  Congressman Thompson now represents a good portion of Martinez.  Thanks to him and to Brian for investing their time to come and learn about the facility and visit with our employees.  It was great to have them both here. 

- Steve

Congratulations to Marty “The O” Ochoa

Congratulations to Shell Community Advisory Panel member, Marty “The O” Ochoa, on being profiled for the “Doing the Right Thing” column in the latest edition of the Community Focus.  Martinez is lucky to have Marty, and we are lucky to have him on our CAP.

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