Shell cracker plant in Beaver County seeks waiver from Pennsylvania shutdown order

THE SHELL CRACKER PLANT IN BEAVER COUNTY IS ONE OF THOSE PETITIONING FOR A WAIVER. THE PLANT WANTS TO CONTINUE CONSTRUCTION. BACK IN MARCH THE PLANT TEMPORARILY SHUT DOWN CLOSELY TOGETHER. THESE PICTURES WERE SENT TO PITTSBURGH ACTION NEWS 4 OF THE CONDITIONS AT THE TIME ON THE PLANT SITE AND ON BUSES TRANSPORTING WORKERS. COMMISSIONER DAN CAMP SAID THE PLANT SHOULD STAY CLOSED UNTIL THE OUTBREAK IS OVER. >> ONE OF OUR MAIN CONCERN IS IF AN OUTBREAK HAPPENS IN BEAVER COUNTY, CAN OUR HEALTH CARE FACILITIES CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE HEALTH CARE SERVICE THEY NEED TO? MICHELLE: SHELL SAYS THERE’S A LESS ON SITE AT THE CRACKER PLANT TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS AND SECURITY. THEY ARE PLANNING T

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Shell cracker plant in Beaver County seeks waiver to continue operating amid Wolf’s shutdown order

The Shell cracker plant in Beaver County is among the businesses in Pennsylvania that are seeking an exemption from Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown order.Wolf ordered the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses until further notice to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Any companies that believe they should be exempt have until 5 p.m. Friday to apply for a waiver.Shell confirmed via email Thursday night that it did request a waiver from the state.”There is a limited work force of 300 or less currently on-site to ensure cleanliness and security and to perform critical maintenance and repair work,” Shell said. “We have submitted an application through the state’s waiver request process as it pertains to potential future activities.”We are taking appropriate actions to plan for a future re-introduction of our work force to the site in a manner that will best ensure the safety and health of our workforce and community.”Last month, the plant temporarily stopped construction after scrutiny and concerns over employees working closely together.County Commissioner Daniel Camp said the plant is not an essential business and should stay closed for now.”One of our main concerns is, if an outbreak happens here in Beaver County, can our health care facilities continue to provide the services they need to?” Camp said.

The Shell cracker plant in Beaver County is among the businesses in Pennsylvania that are seeking an exemption from Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown order.

Wolf ordered the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses until further notice to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Any companies that believe they should be exempt have until 5 p.m. Friday to apply for a waiver.

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Shell confirmed via email Thursday night that it did request a waiver from the state.

“There is a limited work force of 300 or less currently on-site to ensure cleanliness and security and to perform critical maintenance and repair work,” Shell said. “We have submitted an application through the state’s waiver request process as it pertains to potential future activities.

“We are taking appropriate actions to plan for a future re-introduction of our work force to the site in a manner that will best ensure the safety and health of our workforce and community.”

Last month, the plant temporarily stopped construction after scrutiny and concerns over employees working closely together.

County Commissioner Daniel Camp said the plant is not an essential business and should stay closed for now.

“One of our main concerns is, if an outbreak happens here in Beaver County, can our health care facilities continue to provide the services they need to?” Camp said.