As an additional precaution, health and safety personnel were dispatched to conduct air monitoring in the surrounding area.  Despite the odor, no detectable levels of harmful compounds were found. 

While we are pleased about the results of this testing and the response of our people, know that we aim to operate the refinery in a way that does not impact the community.  The calls we received tell us that today we fell short of that goal. 

We would like to apologize to our neighbors for the odor and also thank those who contacted us.  We know that our license to operate comes from the community, and we are resolved not to impact them.


Tom Rizzo, General Manager, Shell Puget Sound

Commitment to Our Community

Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery is a place where generations of area residents have found jobs, built careers, supported families and strengthened their communities.

In the Community - Puget Sound