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  • 10/31/2014 Manufacturing Matters Panel on Industry's Importance to East Bay

    Kish Rajan of Governor’s office and panelists from Shell, the Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board and industry discuss manufacturing's future

  • 10/10/2014 Shell/MEF Run for Education; a Record $66K for Martinez Schools

    Sunday’s 12th Annual Shell/MEF 5k/10k Run for Education shattered previous records both in fundraising and participation.

  • 06/12/2014 The Restoration of the Mount Diablo Beacon

    The Shell Martinez Refinery and Save Mount Diablo collaborated on a documentary about the 2013 project to restore the historic beacon on top of Mount Diablo.

  • 05/13/2014 Shell Honored by Martinez Chamber of Commerce as 2013 Business of the Year

    The Shell Martinez Refinery was recently awarded the 2013 Business of the Year by the Martinez Chamber of Commerce at its Citizen of the Year banquet on April 26.

  • 04/28/2014 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.

  • 11/12/2013 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.

  • 10/07/2013 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.

  • 09/25/2013 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.

  • 08/01/2013 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.

  • 06/17/2013 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”.

  • 05/29/2013 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.

  • 05/23/2013 Lesher named 2013 Honorary Chair for Boys and Girls Club Gala

    Congratulations to Shell Communications Manager Steve Lesher who has been named the Honorary Chair of this year’s Boys and Girls Club of Diablo Valley gala.

  • 05/17/2013 There is no fire at Shell–5/17

    There is no fire at Shell. We are fielding some media calls asking if there is, but there is not. - Steve

  • 05/13/2013 Community Appreciation Day Wed. May 15, 2013

    Shell Martinez Community Appreciation Day will be held on Wed., May 15, at the Shell station at 4355 Pacheco Blvd. (at Arthur Rd.) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • 05/06/2013 Video of Marvin Odum and Cho Khong in Silicon Valley

    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.

  • 05/06/2013 Audio From Marvin Odum’s Discussion of Water, Food and Energy

    Shell President Marvin Odum addressed the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco last week to talk about the company’s scenario planning and the link between water, food and energy.

  • 03/26/2013 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.

  • 03/22/2013 Shell CEO Marvin Odum Speaks in Bay Area

    Shell CEO Marvin Odum will be in the Bay Area at the end of April and addressing the Commonwealth Club as part of their “Climate One” series.

  • 03/16/2013 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.

  • 03/16/2013 Shell and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

    I had the honor and pleasure to represent Shell at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (niff-wiff) earlier this week at the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

  • 03/12/2013 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.

  • 03/11/2013 Shell Sustainability Report Released

    Shell released the company’s 16th Sustainability Report today.

  • 03/10/2013 Martinez Resident is Shell’s Newest Senior Leader

    Thanks to everyone who came out to the Shell Clubhouse tonight to meet the new Manager of our Chemical plant, Nicola Maher.

  • 03/08/2013 Contra Costa Poll Shows Interesting Results

    The Contra Costa Council held its luncheon today to discuss the latest results of the Contra Costa Poll funded by Shell, Phillips and Tesoro.

  • 03/07/2013 Small Release Contained On Site

    Late last night, refinery personnel reported a small release of flushing oil and gas at the facility.

  • 03/01/2013 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.

  • 03/01/2013 County Industrial Safety Report Available

    The Contra Costa County Industrial Safety Ordinance Annual Performance Review and Evaluation Report has been issued.

  • 02/18/2013 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.

  • 02/01/2013 Baseball Anyone?

    I love working at Shell, but I will confess that I love baseball more. On a week when most are thinking football, I thought I had died and gone to baseball-geek heaven when I had the opportunity to moderate a conversation with Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane and Mets VP Paul DePodesta on Monday night. Beane and DePodesta were memorialized in Michael Lewis’ book, Moneyball, The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, and were played by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in the movie of the same name. We had a great conversation with terrific questions from the audience on topics ranging from the economics of the game to leadership philosophy.

  • 01/20/2013 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.

  • 01/15/2013 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.

  • 01/15/2013 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.

  • 01/11/2013 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.

  • 01/08/2013 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.

  • 12/12/2012 New Community Advisory Panel Members

    Welcome to the new members of our Shell Community Advisory Panel (CAP).

  • 12/05/2012 Flare work for this weekend cancelled

    For a variety of maintenance and scheduling reasons, we have had to cancel the flare work we had scheduled for this weekend. We will post an update when we have a new date. -- Steve

  • 12/04/2012 Reminder–Flare Maintenance This Weekend

    A reminder that we will be doing some work on one of our flares this coming weekend (Dec. 8-9) near the Pacheco Blvd. side of the refinery.

  • 11/29/2012 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.

  • 11/20/2012 Flare Maintenance the Weekend of December 8

    We will be doing some work on one of our flares over the weekend of Dec. 8near the Pacheco Blvd. side of the refinery.

  • 11/14/2012 Thanks for Joining us for our Community Appreciation Day

    Nearly 2,000 gallons pumped. . . Over 400 hot dogs served. . . Over 200 tanks filled. . . Over 200 windshields washed. . . Over 200 car wash coupons and tire gauges given . . Nearly 70 Shell volunteers. . . Over a dozen different functions and disciplines. . .

  • 11/13/2012 Shell Martinez Community Appreciation Day November 14

    Shell Martinez Community Appreciation Day will be held tomorrow at the Alhambra Shell station from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • 10/29/2012 Martinez Supports Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

    The Shell Martinez Refinery has been a flagship sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k fundraiser in Walnut Creek for several years, and more than 100 refinery workers and relatives walk in the event.

  • 10/23/2012 Milken Institute Report Looks at Contra Costa Economy

    The Contra Costa Economic Partnership and the Milken Institute released a recent report about economic growth opportunities in the county.

  • 10/16/2012 Gazette Candidate Forum at Shell Thursday Evening

    The Martinez News-Gazette’s candidate forum will be held at the Shell Clubhouse this Thursday evening beginning at 5:30 PM.

  • 10/09/2012 More on Winter Gas

    You’ll recall that over the weekend, Governor Brown issued an order to the California Air Resources Board, directing them to allow refineries to begin blending what is referred to as “winter gasoline” early.

  • 10/09/2012 Shell Wharf Work

    We will be doing some work down at our wharf through the next couple of months. You will see some extra equipment and activity on the Marina Vista side of the refinery including some occasional pile driving that will start this afternoon. As always, the work will be done during normal business hours, and we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Our environmental hotline is (925) 313-3777.

  • 10/08/2012 Martinez Patch Story on the Run for Education

    The Martinez Patch has a nice story this morning about the Run for Education. Click on the link below to read.

  • 10/07/2012 Shell/MEF 10th Annual Run for Education a Big Success

    10th Annual Shell/MEF Run for Education Raises $51,000 for Martinez Schools.

  • 10/05/2012 Street Closures for Sunday’s Run for Education

    A reminder that the annual Shell/MEF Run for Education is this Sunday morning, Oct. 7. Below is the list of downtown street closures for the event.

  • 10/05/2012 Reminder–Flare Maintenance This Weekend

    A reminder that we will be doing some work on one of our flares over the weekend of Sep. 8 near the Pacheco Blvd. side of the refinery.

  • 10/02/2012 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.

  • 09/27/2012 10th Annual Run-Walk for Education Sunday

    Oct. 7; Pasta Feed Saturday, Oct. 6 New 10K race added this year!

  • 09/27/2012 Run for Education, October 7

    10th Annual Run-Walk for Education Sunday, Oct. 7; Pasta Feed Saturday, Oct. 6

  • 09/14/2012 Root Cause Analysis Available

    Back in August, you may recall that we had a propane odor and a small fire at the refinery. While both of these issues were quickly addressed, incidents of any size are always something we take seriously. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you that a root cause analysis has now been completed on both issues and submitted to Contra Costa County.

  • 09/09/2012 Flare Work Complete

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

  • 08/30/2012 Flare Maintenance the Weekend of Sep. 8

    We will be doing some work on one of our flares over the weekend of Sep. 8 near the Pacheco Blvd. side of the refinery.

  • 08/23/2012 10th Annual Shell/MEF Run for Education

    The 10th Annual Shell/Martinez Education Foundation Run/Walk for Education is coming up Oct. 7.

  • 08/15/2012 Test Complete

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

  • 08/15/2012 Siren test this afternoon

    We got word from the county that they will be testing one of the community warning sirens this afternoon. It will be a brief test, not like the full test that occurs the first Wednesday of each month. It is, however, off of the normal schedule, so know that it is only a test. - Steve

  • 08/14/2012 Refinery Odor Update—Incident Over

    The incident previously reported at Shell Martinez is over. Shell emergency response personnel immediately addressed the issue.

  • 08/14/2012 Refinery Odor

    Residents on the Pacheco Blvd. side of the refinery may be smelling a propane/sour type odor. We have identified the source of this and are shutting down the associated equipment while we address it. There is no need to shelter-in-place. As a precaution, a Community Warning System Level 1 is in place. No injuries have been reported.

  • 08/08/2012 False Activation of Community Warning System

    There was a false activation of the Community Warning System sirens early this morning. Shell did not intend to activate the sirens. There is no fire and no need to shelter-in-place. There was a small operational issue that is being addressed that has no threat of community impact.

  • 08/02/2012 Autumn Refinery Work

    A note to our neighbors

  • 07/06/2012 Shell and Confire at Fire School

    The Shell Martinez Refinery took four Contra Costa Consolidated Fire Department personnel along with 25 Shell Martinez firefighters to a week-long fire school at the world-class Texas A&M facilities in College Station, Texas, at the end of June.

  • 07/03/2012 A Culture of Safety

    To be successful, Shell Martinez Refinery must ensure the health and safety of our workers and other workers at our site, protect the environment, and be a good neighbor to the community.

  • 05/17/2012 Martinez Mayor Praises Shell Martinez’s Volunteer Spirit

    Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder, in his latest column in the Community Focus publication, spoke highly of Shell Martinez for all it does for the community in terms of its social performance goals, from volunteer work and being a responsible corporate citizen to its work and financial contributions for the Shell/MEF Run for Education and other projects.

  • 05/11/2012 Shell Workers Rescue Baby Great Horned Owl

    A 4-week-old great horned owl found hiding under a staircase in the northern part of the Shell Martinez Refinery was rescued by one worker, and then returned to its nesting area on a pipe structure after an owl specialist at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum ensured that it was healthy.

  • 05/08/2012 Shell Celebrates John Muir Birthday Earth Day

    Shell employee volunteers are busy all year long helping make Martinez a better place to live and work.

  • 04/18/2012 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.

  • 04/10/2012 $500,000 for Martinez Waterfront Improvements

    Paul Gabbard, the general manager of the Shell Martinez Refinery, presented the Martinez City Council with a check for $500,000

  • 04/05/2012 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.

  • 03/23/2012 Shell CEO Addresses Bay Area Technology Forum

    Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser made a stop through the Bay Area this week and addressed the Churchill Club Business and Technology Forum in San Francisco.

  • 02/16/2012 Martinez Contractor Gains Fame

    Flores to be Inducted into Fresno State Baseball Wall of Fame for Outstanding Athletic Career

  • 12/16/2011 County Industrial Safety Report Released

    Contra Costa Health Services has released its annual review of the Industrial Safety Ordinance. You can link to the report by clicking here. - Steve

  • 12/06/2011 Shell Makes Holidays Brighter in Martinez

    Main Street Lights Courtesy of Refinery

  • 12/02/2011 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

  • 11/30/2011 Photographer Finds the Beauty Within

    Photographer Lorena Castillo's art finds a permanent home at the Shell Martinez Refinery.

  • 11/30/2011 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

  • 11/16/2011 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.

  • 11/02/2011 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.

  • 10/27/2011 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!

  • 10/27/2011 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.”

  • 10/15/2011 Photos from the Shell/MEF Run for Education

    I’ve posted a photo album from the Oct. 1, 2011, Shell/MEF Run for Education on our Facebook page, Shell Refinery in Martinez.

  • 10/06/2011 Annual Run for Education was a Big Success

    9th Annual Shell/MEF Run-Walk for Education Raises Approx. $45,000 for Martinez Schools

  • 10/03/2011 Shell Martinez Praised

    Shell Martinez Praised for Environmental Standards and Community Outreach

  • 10/01/2011 9th Annual Shell/MEF Run for Education Raises $45,000

    Approximately $45,000 was raised in Saturday’s 9th annual Shell/Martinez Education Foundation 5k Run Walk for Education in downtown Martinez, according to preliminary totals.

  • 09/30/2011 Martinez Refinery Honors Law Enforcement and Firefighters

    The Shell Martinez Refinery was a sponsor of the 2011 Blue Mass honoring law enforcement personnel and firefighters in Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

  • 09/27/2011 Shell Alumnus and His Green Thumb Make News

    Check out the great article in the Martinez News-Gazette about Shell Martinez Alumnus Jerry Carter and his talent for gardening.

  • 09/16/2011 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.

  • 09/14/2011 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.

  • 09/12/2011 9th Annual Run-Walk for Education

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

  • 09/07/2011 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

  • 09/01/2011 9th Annual Shell/MEF Run for Education on October 1

    9th Annual Run-Walk for Education Saturday, Oct. 1st; Pasta Feed Friday, Sep. 30

  • 08/02/2011 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.

  • 07/29/2011 Upcoming Refinery Tank Project–Read Environmental Report

    We will be installing some new tanks that will give us more flexibility in scheduling oil deliveries to the facility.

  • 07/26/2011 New Economic Data on Industry Released

    The Western States Petroleum Association has released their updated economic impacts analysis, and the numbers tell a very interesting story.

  • 07/07/2011 Register for the 2011 Shell/MEF Run for Education

    The run is set for Saturday, October 1 in downtown Martinez.

  • 07/04/2011 Three Cheers for the Shell Volunteers!

    See below links to two great articles about recent Shell volunteer projects.

  • 07/01/2011 Celebrate July 4 in Martinez

    Shell is once again a proud sponsor of the hometown 4th of July activities in Martinez.

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