ANACORTES – October 1, 2020

Due to important scheduled maintenance work, periodic, controlled flaring is expected at the Puget Sound Refinery over the next few weeks which may be visible or audible to the nearby community. The most visible flaring is expected to begin around midnight tonight and is expected to continue for roughly 12-hours until mid-day Friday. After mid-day Friday, less visible and occasional flaring is expected for the next couple weeks into mid-October. Shell strives to achieve the best environmental performance possible and takes flaring seriously, and efforts will be made to minimize the duration and volume of any flaring.  

The flare system is an important safety device for refineries, though we recognize that its use can sometimes cause concern.  We want to assure our neighbors that occasional flaring is a normal and vital part of keeping the refinery safe during scheduled maintenance activities or unplanned operational disruptions. We will comply with the applicable regulations during this anticipated flaring and Shell will also continue to keep appropriate regulatory agencies informed as our work progresses.  As an additional precaution, we will proactively conduct air monitoring in the nearby area during the period of time when the flaring is anticipated.   

Operations are stable, and we will be resuming routine operations at the refinery once these planned maintenance activities have been completed.  Shell encourages residents to contact the Refinery’s Main Gate Security Office at 360-293-0800 if they have any questions, comments, or concerns.

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