Shell Conducts 4th Meet-n-Greet with Residents Near Cracker Site

Shell officials held the fourth (so far) public meeting in Beaver, PA to talk with local residents about the mammoth, $6 billion ethane cracker plant the company is building in their midst. For the most part, the event was uneventful. More than 150 people came out to hear what the petrochemical giant had to say. A table at the event held polyethylene pellets–the stuff that will be manufactured by the plant. Also on the table were a variety of products made from those pellets, including bottles, food packaging and more. One local resident opposed to the plant told a reporter she had to restrain her potty mouth because Shell officials would not answer her questions from the floor–in front of the crowd. Shell (and others in the o&g industry) have wised up. They post representatives at tables who are happy to answer private questions privately, but they don’t throw open the floor to antis who want to bleat and blat in front of an audience. We think it’s a wise precaution. The woman could get her questions answered, and express her unhappiness–but she wanted to do it in front of a crowd and in front of cameras and microphones. No thanks. Organize your own meeting if you want to do that…

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