A DOCTOR claims Shell UK, Stanlow should be moved out of Ellesmere Port and the site turned into a new 'English Riviera'.
Dr Robert Dann, of Great Barrow, near Chester, alleges the refinery is polluting the area and 'dangerous', and says residents ignore Stanlow 'at their peril'.
But Shell hit back by disputing the accuracy of some of his claims, made in a letter to the Pioneer.
The oil giant has also invited him to view their anti-pollution measures being put into practice.
Dr Dann writes: 'What a strange place for an oil refinery - in the midst of major population centres.
'We ignore Stanlow at our peril. Not only is it the centre of Shell's operations; it is the only Shell refinery in the UK. So the waste effluent of the entire UK Shell industry lies on our doorstep.
'An industrial plant in which flammable fuels are processed must be a dangerous place. But just how dangerous?'
He adds: 'We must press with the utmost urgency for serious attention to eliminating pollution from the Stanlow refinery, and especially the very visible and offensive pollution of the air we breathe.
'But beyond that we must secure the relocation of Shell's UK operation to a region that is not a major population centre.
'Then our Mersey shoreline will make a wonderful country park, providing unlimited employment opportunities.
'Stanlow: a holiday riviera or an oil refinery? - the choice is ours.'
A Shell spokesman said: 'Robert Dann contacted us some time ago to register a complaint. As part of our response he was offered the opportunity of a visit to Stanlow to discuss his concern about air quality and to have the opportunity to hear about the environmental improvements achieved at the refinery in recent years. He chose not to respond to that.
'Now, two years on, he has aired further claims which we believe to be speculative and inaccurate. Although Shell operates in a heavily industrialised part of Cheshire, the company is more than mindful of its environmental responsibilities and its duty of care to surrounding communities. We are a heavily regulated industry and we believe we are an open and honest company.
'Our invitation to this gentleman still stands. If he chooses not to come to Stanlow then we would be more than happy to visit him at home to discuss his concerns and talk him through our continuing plans for improvement.
'If anyone wishes to learn more about our environmental performance we would be pleased to provide them with a copy of our latest environmental report.'