Target: Brian Salerno, Director of U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Goal: Suspend all of Royal Dutch Shell’s fossil fuel operations in the U.S. following its second oil spill in just ten days’ time.
Shell is responsible for two oil spills in the span of only ten days. After one of their sites in Louisiana spewed close to 90,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, a separate pipeline operation in California released 21,000 gallons of crude oil into the surrounding soil less than two weeks later. One of these spills alone is enough to cast doubt on Shell’s ability to carry out their fossil fuel operations responsibly. That two such incidents have happened in only ten days’ time makes it clear that these fossil fuel projects are absolutely too dangerous to continue. Brian Salerno, Director of the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, must force Shell to suspend all of their fossil fuel operations in the U.S.
The Shell Gulf oil spill has been covered in both this ForceChange petition and this ForceChange petition. Just ten days after that episode, an underground pipe in Coalinga, California began to leak due to lost pressure. Though the spill did not make its way toward any water, it did seep dangerous chemicals into much of the surrounding soil and air. This poses grave risks to plant, animal, and human life in Fresno County.
Moreover, this is the third time that Shell’s San Pablo Bay Pipeline has sprung a leak. Though Shell hurriedly fixed this most recent leak in the span of a few days, this means that there is certainly no guarantee that another spill won’t soon occur in this region. In fact, it’s actually pretty clear that oil spills are a routine occurrence in the operations of Shell and many other oil companies.
Allowing oil companies like Shell to continue recklessly polluting our planet while racking up massive profits is a gross injustice. We need to make an example out of this company. Fossil fuel operations are never going to be safe, no matter who carries them out. Shell has proven time and time again that they are no exception to this rule. It’s time for Director Salerno to take a stand by suspending all of Shell’s fossil fuel operations in the U.S.
Dear Director Salerno,
The Royal Dutch Shell company is responsible for two separate oil spills in the span of just ten days. Spilling 90,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico and 21,000 gallons into the soil of Coalinga, California should not be taken lightly. It’s time to act swiftly and harshly by suspending all of Shell’s fossil fuel operations in the U.S.
That Shell’s San Pablo Bay Pipeline in Fresno County has already leaked considerable amounts of crude oil twice in the past is a particularly egregious fact. No matter what quick fixes Shell has put in place for that pipeline, it remains clear that they cannot carry out their fossil fuel operations in a safe and responsible manner. This is putting plant, animal, and human life at risk at a shockingly consistent rate.
We cannot keep letting Shell pollute our world with little to no consequences. I urge you to suspend all of Shell’s fossil fuel operations in the U.S.
[Your Name Here]
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