Enforcement

Merit Energy and Shell Exploration Clean Air Act Settlement

CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2008) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced an agreement with Merit Energy Co. LLC and Shell Exploration & Production Co. on alleged Clean Air Act violations at a natural gas processing facility in Manistee, Mich. Merit is the present owner and Shell is the former owner of the plant.

The agreement resolves federal allegations that the companies continued to operate the Manistee facility after Shell made modifications that allowed processing of larger volumes of natural gas without installing required controls to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions. The companies are also alleged to have violated their state operating permit and state regulations.

For additional information, contact:

Charlie Garlow
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2242A)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20460-0001
(202) 564-1088
garlow.charlie@epa.gov

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