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HOUSTON -- The Shell Oil Co. Foundation said it would commit $3 million to the educational fund of America's Wetland: Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana, a nationwide effort initiated by Louisiana to raise awareness of the world ecological significance of coastal Louisiana and the impact it has on the nation's economy and energy security.
Shell, which has more than 2,500 employees operating in Louisiana, said its effort is necessary to promote sustainable development of the area's wetlands, which are deteriorating as a result of recent hurricanes and tornadoes.
"Shell has had a longstanding commitment to environmental protection," said Rob Routs, president and CEO of Shell Oil Products US and president of the Shell Foundation. "The viability of Louisiana's coast is important to all of us. And because this is an area where Shell employees live and work, Shell is especially proud to help bring Louisiana's unique ecosystem to the public's attention."
Donated over a three-year period, Shell's grant will be used for outreach, such as videos, brochures and public service announcements to educate the public about the loss of Louisiana wetlands.