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Shell Oil Company Leads Galveston Beach Cleanup.

HOUSTON, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, more than 700 Shell and Motiva Enterprise employees, retirees, family members and friends will lead an effort to clean up San Luis Pass in Galveston on Saturday, Sept., 20, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Working in conjunction with The Texas General Land Office's (TGLO) Adopt- a-Beach program, The Ocean Conservancy's objective is to remove trash from beaches while also collecting valuable information on the amount and type of debris.

While cleaning San Luis Pass, Shell participants will be encouraged to be "data detectives," by examining unique and peculiar trash and to look for clues that indicate where it originated. Clues, such as the name of a company or a city on discarded waste, are crucial when it comes to tracing pollution sources and comparing it to previous years' data for Texas. Such information has been used to pass laws targeting offshore dumping in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Shell's volunteer network is composed of truly dedicated people and the incredible turnout we have for this event each year is evidence of that," said Shell Oil Company President Lynn Elsenhans. "We are committed to work with others toward maintaining ecosystems and to make a positive contribution to the conservation of biodiversity."

The International Coastal Cleanup is celebrating its 18th annual cleanup effort, while the TGLO is celebrating its 17th annual cleanup effort. Since the first cleanup coordinated by the TGLO in 1986, more than 300,000 volunteers have picked up more than 5,600 tons of trash along 200 miles of Texas beaches.

In addition to the Texas cleanup effort, more than 1,150 volunteers from Shell Oil and its affiliates will spearhead similar beach revitalization efforts in California, Louisiana, Washington and Delaware.

"The cleanups are truly a Texas-sized effort," said TGLO Commissioner Jerry Patterson. "Volunteers from across the state participate in our cleanup because they want to preserve and protect Texas beaches. They put elbow grease into environmentalism."

Keep Texas Beautiful, one of Texas' leading grassroots environmental organizations, recently presented Shell Oil Company the First Place Award in the Ebby Halliday and Maurice Acers Business/Industry Award for their support to Texas communities. More than 4,400 Shell employees, retirees and family members gave nearly 30,000 hours of their time to more than 55 company- sponsored volunteer initiatives in Texas.

CONTACT: Helen Bow of Shell Oil Company, +1-713-241-4544, or cellular, +1-281-650-2714

Web site: http://www.shellus.com/
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