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Shell Deer Park Enters Voluntary Consent Decree with US EPA on flare management program
Shell has reached agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Department of Justice (DOJ) to improve the flare management program at its Deer Park manufacturing facility in Texas (Shell Deer Park). The agreement is part of EPA’s recently announced focus on improving flare performance and follows the form of agreements the agency and DOJ have reached with other companies.
As part of the agreement or voluntary consent decree settlement, Shell Deer Park will install a new flare gas recovery system, implement improved flare efficiency measures and undertake other projects to mitigate emissions at the facility. The total settlement is worth approximately $160 million.
The provisions of the settlement are consistent with Shell Deer Park’s objectives and ongoing activities to reduce emissions at the site and upgrade our flaring infrastructure.
In particular, we are pleased that part of the agreement will include an allocation of funds to benefit our community through the retrofitting of school buses with emissions-reduction technology.
Shell Deer Park has a record of continuous improvement in environmental performance achieved through significant investment in emission reduction projects and heightened employee attention on preventing operational incidents.
Shell shares the goal of improving air quality, and our top priority is to protect the health and safety of community residents, our workers, and the environment. We strive to operate in compliance with all permits and regulations.
Shell Deer Park is a 1,500-acre complex located in Deer Park, Texas, approximately 20 miles east of downtown Houston along the Houston Ship Channel. Founded in 1929, Shell Deer Park is now home to 1,700 employees who operate a fully integrated refinery and petrochemical facility 24 hours a day.