Tom Rizzo: New Shell Martinez GM

Tom Rizzo, who has more than 30 years of experience at Shell, is the new general manager for the Shell Martinez Refinery. His priorities are sending workers home safely, and respecting the environment.

13th Annual Run for Education

Aug 17, 2015

The Shell/MEF Run for Education fundraising 5K/10K event will take place on Oct. 4, in downtown Martinez. Sign up now!

Flare Work Planned for This Weekend

Jan 15, 2015

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

Jan 8, 2015

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

Apr 28, 2014

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

Nov 12, 2013

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.

11th Annual Run-Walk for Education

Sep 25, 2013

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

Aug 1, 2013

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

Jun 17, 2013

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

May 29, 2013

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.

Video of Marvin Odum and Cho Khong in Silicon Valley

May 6, 2013

In addition to appearing at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco last week, Shell President Marvin Odum also addressed the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley along with Dr. Cho Khong, Shell Scenarios expert.

Contra Costa Poll Luncheon on April 8

Mar 26, 2013

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

Mar 16, 2013

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

Mar 12, 2013

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

Mar 1, 2013

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

Feb 18, 2013

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?

Feb 1, 2013

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

Flare Work Complete

Jan 20, 2013

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

Jan 15, 2013

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

Jan 11, 2013

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

Nov 29, 2012

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

Oct 9, 2012

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

Shell Wharf Work

Oct 9, 2012

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

Oct 2, 2012

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

Sep 9, 2012

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

Siren test this afternoon

Aug 15, 2012

We got word from the county that they will be testing one of the community warning sirens this afternoon.

Test Complete

Aug 15, 2012

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

Refinery Odor

Aug 14, 2012

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

Shell and Confire at Fire School

Jul 7, 2012

The Shell Martinez Refinery took four Contra Costa Consolidated Fire Department personnel along with 25 Shell Martinez firefighters 

A Culture of Safety

Jul 3, 2012

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

Activity at Shell

Apr 18, 2012

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

Apr 5, 2012

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

Dec 2, 2011

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

Nov 30, 2011

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

Proud of his NFL Running Back Son

Nov 2, 2011

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

Oct 27, 2011

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

Oct 27, 2011

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

Sep 16, 2011

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

Sep 14, 2011

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.

9th Annual Run-Walk for Education

Sep 12, 2011

The 9th annual Shell/Martinez Education Foundation 5k Run-Walk for Education will take place Saturday, Oct. 1st in downtown Martinez.

Congressman Thompson Visits Refinery

Sep 7, 2011

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

Political Expert Draws Crowd

Jun 7, 2011

Marc Sandalow, former Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Chronicle and currently the editor-in-chief of the California News Service

Shell CAP Meeting and Wind Power

May 5, 2011

We had another great meeting of our Community Advisory Panel Monday night that included a discussion with Dick Williams, President of Shell Wind Energy.

Shell Global Scenarios Updated

Mar 15, 2011

Shell does extensive economic and social research related to energy issues worldwide, and how they integrate with other issues and developments around the globe. Those scenarios have now been updated for 2011, and you can see it on-online (link below).

Tsunami precautions at the refinery

Mar 11, 2011

We activated the refinery’s emergency operations center early this morning in order to manage any potential complications related to the tsunami forecast. While no major impact is anticipated, out of an abundance of caution we evacuated our non-essential personnel working at the refinery’s wharf. Shell has a comprehensive system in place for responding to natural disasters, protecting our people and securing our assets. While we don’t anticipate any disruption in our operations, we are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our people and equipment. - Steve

Great CAP Meeting Tonight

Mar 8, 2011

We had a great meeting of our Community Advisory Panel tonight. Thanks to all who came and all who presented.  

Shell Workers Receive Army Service Award

Mar 4, 2011

Senior maintenance specialist Joe Silva wasn’t aiming for a Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service. He just wanted to do something nice for men and women serving in the U.S. military.

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