Powering Progress Together: News & Events
Get the latest news and events from Shell's Puget Sound Refinery.
Nov 16, 2019
The source of the crude oil spill that occurred overnight was identified to be a pressure relief valve on a barge and the source of the leak from the barge is confirmed to be secure.
Nov 16, 2019
At approximately 11:30pm on Friday November 15, Shell Puget Sound Refinery dock personnel identified a crude oil spill coming from a barge at the refinery’s dock on Fidalgo Bay.
Aug 02, 2019
With the help of partners like Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery, the Million Waves Project takes discarded plastic waste in the ocean and turns it into prosthetic limbs for kids around the globe.
Jun 11, 2019
Have you ever seen a job change the trajectory of someone’s life? In partnership with Bellingham Technical College, we see this happen every day at Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery.
Mar 05, 2019
For Shell Puget Sound Refinery operator Ed Castleberry, family always comes first – at work and at home.
Feb 25, 2019
Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery has planned maintenance – also known as a turnaround – on several processing units starting early next month. The turnaround will last roughly 1.5 months.
Dec 28, 2018
This past fall, three operators at Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery saved the life of a contractor who was working at the refinery’s dock.
Nov 14, 2018
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $742,000 in grants to help stabilize and recover the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population through projects on the Skagit and Snohomish rivers, around the San Juan Islands, and throughout the Salish Sea.
Nov 07, 2018
Watch a brief video about how Shell's Puget Sound Refinery partners with the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County.
Oct 08, 2018
Shell Puget Sound Refinery employees recently volunteered with the refinery’s contract partner Anvil at the Helping Hands Food Bank to pack more than 3,500 bags of food for hungry children across Skagit County, WA.
Jun 05, 2018
Shell Puget Sound Refinery’s longest-serving employee Boyd Wells never imagined that he’d work at the company for over 44 years. But after nearly 10 roles and hundreds of teammates later, he’s happier than ever. Why? For Boyd, it’s all about the people.
May 22, 2018
Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery is proud to fuel life in the Pacific Northwest – now and in the years to come! Hear from our employees and community partners about our history, vision, and our impact on the community we are privileged to call home.
Apr 09, 2018
The vision of Leadership Skagit is to develop leaders at all levels across Skagit County, and Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery has partnered with the program since 2008.
Mar 12, 2018
For Shell contractor Nicole O’Neill, kites are much more than a toy – they changed her life. Now, she’s passionate about changing others’ lives for the better through the power of kite flying.
Jan 23, 2018
While employees at Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery have volunteered in their communities for decades, the refinery launched a new program in 2016 called the Community Cup – it aimed to take community volunteering to the next level, and it did. Over the last two years, employees have volunteered over 10,000 hours.
Jan 03, 2018
For Shell Puget Sound Refinery Operator Dan Donnelly, snowboarding is a way of life. While he no longer ‘shreds’ every day as a professional snowboarder, his experiences in the backcountry gave him a deep appreciation for safety and what it truly means to have someone’s back.
Dec 18, 2017
Two engineers from Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery recently presented a mini refinery demonstration to undergraduates taking an ‘Energy from the Earth’ course at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
Nov 25, 2017
Shell Puget Sound Refinery’s GM Shirley Yap and HR Manager Robin Yates recently signed a ‘statement of support’ to demonstrate the site’s continued support for veterans and reservists.
Nov 16, 2017
Conservation partners including SeaWorld and Shell work to provide a feast of Chinook salmon for killer whales this Thanksgiving.
Oct 30, 2017
Alyssa Willis says receiving a job offer from Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery was a dream come true. When she was 16 years old, she took her first steps toward entering the oil and gas industry – fast forward two years and thousands of hours of training later, and she’s learning the ropes as the only female operator on Shell’s Alky/Poly unit.
Oct 26, 2017
For Shell Puget Sound Refinery Operator Josh Wedin, fostering a passion for LEGO design and opening his home – and his heart – to numerous foster children go hand in hand.
Oct 09, 2017
Shell Puget Sound Refinery’s 3rd annual Fueling Education Fun Run raised $40,000 for Anacortes schools.
Sep 29, 2017
Yesterday, the Shell Puget Sound Refinery detected an odor, which we later identified as coming from hydrocarbon material on the roof of a storage tank. The material on the roof has been removed.
Sep 28, 2017
This morning, the Shell Puget Sound Refinery detected an odor. We have since identified an on-site odor source coming from one of our tanks. We are actively collaborating with numerous businesses and agencies to determine if this odor is associated with other odor complaints in the community. We apologize to our neighbors for any concerns the odor may have caused.
Sep 28, 2017
On the morning of Sept. 28, the Shell Puget Sound Refinery detected an odor.
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Launches Killer Whale Conservation Program with Shell and Partners
Sep 06, 2017
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, SeaWorld, Shell, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration partnered to create the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program to aid in the recovery of this incredible species.
Sep 06, 2017
Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery has planned maintenance on several pieces of processing equipment starting in late September.
Aug 28, 2017
Did you know that 60% of Skagit County, WA kids aren’t ready for kindergarten? That has serious implications for their futures. Learn how Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery, United Way, the Children’s Museum and many other community partners are working together to reverse the trend and ensure our kids have the chance to realize their full potential.
Aug 23, 2017
If anyone understands the true meaning of resilience, it’s Shell Puget Sound Refinery’s HR Manager Robin Yates. Despite major life obstacles that included his parents’ alcoholism, foster care, a cancer diagnosis and the tragic loss of his son, Yates refused to give up.
Aug 14, 2017
The 3rd annual Fueling Education Fun Run 5K takes place on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. Anacortes. All proceeds go to the Anacortes Schools Foundation.
Aug 14, 2017
Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery plans to conduct an on water-based oil spill response training with the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) and Washington State Department of Ecology (ECY) near the Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes on Tuesday, Aug. 15 from roughly 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Aug 14, 2017
Today at 11:30 a.m., Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery will conduct a refinery evacuation drill. There will be 10 consecutive blasts of the site’s emergency horn, signaling a site-wide evacuation. This is different than the site’s usual “noon sirens” that occur every Wednesday. There is no need for concern. This is only a drill – not an emergency.
Aug 09, 2017
Two engineers from Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery demonstrated how a mini refinery works to children in 1st-6th grade who attended the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County’s STEM summer camp – sponsored by Shell.
Aug 09, 2017
Shell Puget Sound Refinery’s Reliability Manager James Steller never backs down from a good challenge – especially if it benefits his community. That’s why he set a goal to run 160 miles around Whidbey Island, WA over Labor Day weekend to raise money for the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.
Aug 07, 2017
Meet Shell Puget Sound Refinery’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) and learn more about the importance of the ERT to the site – and the surrounding community.
Shell partners on National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program
Jun 09, 2017
Shell Oil Company enters as new partner with $250,000 contribution
Feb 24, 2017
Northwest Straits Foundation awarded $10,000 grant from Shell Puget Sound Refinery
Jan 23, 2017
Puget Sound Refinery employees give over 6,000 hours of volunteer service to the community
Nov 30, 2016
The refinery is very much a family affair for the two of them.
Nov 16, 2016
First National Energy Education Development (NEED) workshop ever held in Skagit County
From Antarctica’s ice to the shores of Puget Sound, Nate Biletnikoff works to protect the environment
Nov 11, 2016
Nate was attracted by the high-stakes challenges that oil companies face in protecting the environment, and by Shell’s approach to meeting those challenges.
Oct 21, 2016
Second Year Event exceeds expectations by raising $52,000
Oct 06, 2016
Economic conditions no longer support permitting of rail unloading facility
Sep 27, 2016
Sheri Baker and Tod Johnson spend their days at Shell's Puget Sound Refinery designing and engineering systems to make the refinery and its neighbors safer. But they've got another thing in common: They both donated a kidney to help save the life of another person.
Sep 07, 2016
The Shell Emergency Response Team has successfully concluded responding to the incident.
Sep 07, 2016
Around 10:30am on Wednesday September 7th, the Shell Puget Sound Refinery experienced an operational disruption.
Aug 26, 2016
Supporting STEM education is one of the Shell Puget Sound Refinery’s core social investment focus areas, and the refinery jumped at the opportunity this summer to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County to launch their first ever STEM Summer Camp.
Aug 26, 2016
Eddie Murdock spends his work shifts as an operator at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery, but he’s best known for capturing the Anacortes area’s spectacular scenery in arresting photographs.
Jul 28, 2016
Few men leave behind a bigger legacy or a better life story than Anacortes icon and 23-year Shell employee John Tursi, who passed away earlier this year at 98.
Jun 27, 2016
Process Technology students from Bellingham Technical College (BTC) recently visited the Shell Puget Sound Refinery (PSR) to get a closer look at process technology at work Process Technology students from Bellingham Technical College (BTC) recently visited the Shell Puget Sound Refinery (PSR) to get a closer look at process technology at work.
Jun 21, 2016
When James Walker tackles the task of turning a bunch of 9-year-olds into a baseball team, he makes them play catch until they're really good at it.
May 12, 2016
From Shell facilities in Africa and The Netherlands, to sailing small boats across vast oceans, Teri Mandemaker has literally been around the world to get to her current role as Organizational Effectiveness and Learning manager for the Puget Sound Refinery.
May 12, 2016
This year marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day and Shell PSR was there to help make a difference.
Civil engineer Monick Estrada leaves no structure unclimbed to keep Shell Puget Sound Refinery workers safe
Apr 12, 2016
When Monick Estrada began her job hunt as a soon-to-graduate engineering student at the University of Alaska with an interest in the petroleum industry, she set high standards.
Mar 04, 2016
Demonstration on the “Mini-PSR distillation unit,” helps bring to life the chemical concepts being learned in the classroom.
Feb 16, 2016
Shell Puget Sound Refinery Projects Department builds garden beds for Head Start in Mount Vernon so local children can grow their own flowers and vegetables.
Oct 26, 2015
Shell supports students who demonstrate leadership attributes and personal ownership in the natural environment
Oct 08, 2015
Inaugural event supports teacher grant application program in Anacortes Schools
Jul 24, 2015
Friday morning around 11:00am the Shell Puget Sound Refinery experienced an operational disruption on-site. No injuries reported
Jul 24, 2015
No injuries reported, work will continue throughout the weekend
May 16, 2015
Insulation Containing Asbestos Contained On-Site
Feb 23, 2015
Shell Puget Sound Refinery resolved to make sure an odor issue like this does not happen again.
Feb 21, 2015
On Friday afternoon, we received some odor complaints at the Puget Sound Refinery as the result of planned maintenance on one of our facility’s flare systems. Refinery personnel responded to find and correct the source of the odor, and this maintenance activity was suspended.
Feb 20, 2015
To Our Neighbors: Earlier today, we received some odor complaints as the result of planned maintenance on one of our facility’s flare systems. Refinery personnel responded to find and correct the source of the odor, and this maintenance activity was suspended.
Shell supports Anacortes High School students in “Green Club” as they incorporated the latest environmental design methods to treat polluted water.
Shell and Puget Sound Refinery employees pledged to raise $130,000 this campaign year to support the United Way’s efforts