$165K Settlement Reached With Shell Oil Over Refinery Violations in 2015, 2016

March 14, 2019 17:00 pm · 8 comments

The Shell Oil Company has agreed to pay $165,000 as part of an agreement with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District regarding air quality violations at their refinery in Martinez in 2015 and 2016, according to air district officials.

The settlement, which the district announced today, addresses 16 violations over two years including sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide emissions, a shelter-in-place order, a cargo vessel tank that was overdue for
emissions inspections and broken seals on a liquid storage tank.

“Bay Area refineries are subject to stringent national, state and local air quality regulations which are enforced by the Air District,” air district Executive Officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement. “Dedicated air quality inspectors do regular inspections to help ensure that violations are corrected quickly and air quality is protected.”

The revenues generated by the settlement will be used by the district to fund monitoring and enforcement activities.

According to CNBC, Shell Oil posted earnings of $3.8 billion in 2016 and $3.5 billion in 2016.

ManBearPig March 14, 2019 at 5:45 PM

So the fines companies pay are used exclusively for the agency’s operations? Why shouldn’t the residents who’ve had to endure that air quality receive that money?

Reality says... March 14, 2019 at 5:57 PM

Wow! $165,000.00 dollars is a hefty price for an oil company to pay for air quality violations…said no one ever!

Great example how these fines and air quality boards are useless and the weight of penalty is significantly greater for your average homeowner vs. corporations who violate at a much higher rate.

“After the warnings and $400 fines, ticket amounts increase. The fine depends on the severity of any subsequent infraction – the duration of the burning and the proximity to a school or nursing home.” That’s for us average folks.

So a company who had 16 violations over TWO YEARS only gets a fine of $165K?? And they made ~3.5 BILLION in those years?

No wonder they keep offending, really no deterrent for them not too.

Brock March 14, 2019 at 8:13 PM


DVC Student March 14, 2019 at 10:28 PM

Pocket change…. Cost of doing business.

Mother Nature is really going to store that $165,000 in her molecules.

Double Dzzz March 14, 2019 at 11:12 PM

So let,s see,,,,,,, 1 second,,,,,,,,, that.s 28 cents for everyone effected by the chemicals inhaled.

CoCo Commenter March 15, 2019 at 8:57 AM

Guarantee shell has determined its costlier to disrupt operations that to pay these fines. Very little ethical compass with oil companies

Dr. Jellyfinger March 15, 2019 at 9:46 AM

So what? Fine them a billion dollars and watch the price of gas go up…. either way, we get the stinky end of the stick.

Newellian March 16, 2019 at 12:50 PM

Wow! Broadbent must need a new car and a vacation!!

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