From air and water pollution to plastic in our bloodstream — fracking and petrochemicals threatens human health and our environment.
What you see, hear, smell and feel could be very important signs of problems. Residents are coming together to monitor the impacts of Shell’s plastic plant on our air, water, light and noise levels, and taking action by reporting incidents including fluid spills, fire or flaring events, or strong chemical smells.
The newfound popularity of hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) is alarming. Both have been touted as a clean energy source that can be used for heating, power, and transportation. In reality, hydrogen and carbon capture are false climate solutions promulgated by the oil and gas industry.
The proposed Ohio River Valley Hydrogen Hub is a risky proposition that would drive up utility bills, create few new jobs, ineffectively reduce emissions, and block better, less costly climate solutions like renewable energy development and energy efficiency retrofits.
Most hydrogen production requires methane, a natural gas that is fracked and then converted into hydrogen and carbon dioxide. CCS is expensive, unreliable, and not yet technically feasible at a large scale.
From natural gas with carbon capture and storage.
Carbon dioxide captured and sequestered produces “blue hydrogen.” Blue hydrogen is hydrogen produced from natural gas using methane. Although methane does not last in the atmosphere as long as carbon dioxide, it is much more potent as a greenhouse gas. Climate scientists have concluded that this so-called “clean alternative” has a 20% larger carbon footprint than natural gas and coal when used for heat. New research even suggests that producing blue hydrogen could actually be worse than burning coal.
From water using zero-carbon electricty.
Green hydrogen, or hydrogen produced using water and electrolysis powered by renewable energy, may play a limited role in powering cement, steel, niche manufacturing, and heavy transport by sea and air. However, it is not yet market-ready; and most conversations about hydrogen refer to blue hydrogen.
About 99% of all plastic today is made with crude oil or natural gas, with a long and complex process that carries risks at every phase. The Shell ethane cracker has the capacity to produce more than 1.6 million metric tons of plastic or “nurdles” a year. The plastic commodity will be used in U.S. and shipped overseas. (Shale Crescent USA)