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ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NEWS HEADLINES OCTOBER 2005

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL NEWS HEADLINES OCTOBER 2005

AFX Europe (Focus): Royal Dutch Shell proposes to pay minority shareholders 52.21 eur/shr: “Royal Dutch Shell also said eligible UK resident shareholders can receive loan notes exchangeable into Royal Dutch Shell ‘A’ shares.”: Tuesday October 31, 2005: READ

Grampian TV (Scotland): Shell admits failures led to the deaths of two men: “Earlier this year Shell was fined a record nine hundred thousand pounds after admitting health and safety breaches.”: Monday 31 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: No case for a windfall tax on the oil industry: “In Britain, fear of a tax raid has led some analysts to warn against investing in UK oil producers.”: Monday October 31 2005: READ

Business Week: America’s Energy Morass: “Even die-hard Republicans such as House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) are bashing Big Oil. They are calling for hearings on price gouging and urging the industry to build new refining capacity.”: Monday 31 October 2005: READ

Florida Today: Talk about obscene: “Who could possibly love hurricanes? Try the oil and energy companies. They must adore them.”: “…it’s clear oil companies made exorbitant profit from the misery suffered by thousands of Gulf Coast residents.”: “Consumers are fed up with being gouged at the gas pump.”: Monday 31 October 2005: READ

Today Online: After record profits, oil companies see backlash: Business: Monday, October 31, 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Oil refiners press for clarity: “Oil companies are warning the Government that the future of the refining industry is at risk without clearer energy policy guidelines.”: Monday 31 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Cassells to be mediator in Corrib gas dispute: “Shell is still pursuing a permanent injunction against opponents of the onshore pipeline.”: Monday October 31, 2005: READ

Gulf Times: Irish villagers risking prison to protest Shell gas pipeline: “The Corrib gas reservoir, discovered in 1996, contains an estimated 1tn cu ft of gas and was the first significant offshore find in Ireland in 25 years.” Published: Sunday, 30 October, 2005: READ

The New York Times: Big Oil, Big Bucks: “The companies are making money far faster than they can spend it.”: “On Thursday, Senator Bill Frist, the Republican leader, said the Senate should call executives of major oil companies to testify about high prices.”: Sunday 30 October 2005: READ

Ireland On-Line: Former ICTU boss to mediate in Shell dispute: Posted Sunday 30 October 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Backlash Spreads As Profits Surge At Oil Companies: “Exxon, Shell Net $19 Billion, Fueling Calls for Profit Tax, Efforts to Boost Stockpiles”: “If there are those who abuse the free enterprise system to advantage themselves and their businesses at the expense of all Americans, they ought to be exposed, and they ought to be ashamed,”: Posted Saturday 29 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Volcker report implicates big oil companies in oil-for-food scandal: “Well-known international oil companies used traders to distance themselves from the illegal surcharges being paid under the United Nations oil-for-food deal in Iraq, the final Volcker report has concluded.”: “BP of the UK, Anglo/Dutch Royal Dutch Shell, Total of France, and Spain’s Repsol were all named as examples of “established oil companies” involved in the oil-for-food programme before surcharges began in 2001.”: Saturday 29 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Oil and gas industry fears Brown’s efforts to fuel his revenue: “Industry speculation that Gordon Brown, the chancellor, could raise taxes on oil and natural gas companies this autumn intensified this week after a 68 per cent increase in third-quarter profits for Shell and a 27 per cent rise for BP.”: Saturday 29 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Chevron feels the force of hurricanes: “…storm brewing in Washington over profiting by the major oil and gas companies at the expense of consumers. This marked a week of record profits by Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell and others at a time when lawmakers are floating punitive measures, such as a windfall-profit tax for the companies.”: Saturday 29 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: Oil Steady at $61 as Cold Approaches: “A strike threat at Europe’s largest refinery could further strain a stretched global refining system. Workers at Shell’s 418,000-bpd Pernis plant in Rotterdam threatened to walk out on Monday in a dispute over pensions.”: Posted Saturday 29 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: Profits Likely Won’t Mean New Refineries: ‘A surplus of supply is not good for the industry,” Shell Oil Co. president John Hofmeister said in an interview on Friday. ”Just as a surplus of demand is not good for industry. We strive for balance.” Hofmeister, speaking by phone from his corporate jet upon leaving Washington…”: Posted Saturday 29 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Dempsey set to name Corrib mediator: “Minister for the Marine Noel Dempsey is due to nominate a mediator over the weekend to chair negotiations between Shell E&P Ireland and opponents of the Corrib gas onshore pipeline in north Mayo.”: Saturday 29 October 2005: READ

Ireland On-Line: Minister: Shell to continue dismantling part of Corrib pipeline: Posted Saturday 29 October 2005: READ

Forbes/AFX News Limited: Shell may face strike after rejecting Dutch unions’ ultimatum on pension reform: “Shell said it had exhausted the possibility of further changes to its pension, after three rounds of negotiations with employee representatives.”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

Reuters: Shell says no concessions to refinery workers: “Oil major Shell said on Friday it could not make any further concessions on pension demands by workers…”: Friday Oct 28, 2005: READ

Daily Star: Shell pump it up: “SHELL has restored its reputation, battered by last year’s reserves debacle, by racking up a 68% rise in third quarter profits to a record £5 billion.”: “…analysts said the results demonstrated the credibility of the group’s new management following the scandal, where 4.5 billion barrels were wiped from its reserves.”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

Daily Mirror: Union fury as Shell makes £45m a day: “…profits “obscene”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Shell’s cash hoard may signal it plans to make a foolish deal: “Shell remains unloved and unrewarded.”: “Shell’s oil reserves are still too low and investors worry it will try to solve this with a large, splashy deal — like buying Canada’s Encana, a $44 billion company. Shell promises it won’t. But such denials aren’t believed because Shell is amassing a huge war chest.”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Backlash Spreads As Profits Surge At Oil Companies: “Sen. Bill Frist (R., Tenn.), the Senate majority leader, asked the chairmen of three Senate committees to investigate high energy prices and said he might support a federal anti-price gouging law.”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Shell’s Net Profit Rises 68% On Oil Prices, Pipeline Sale: “The company, which earlier this year disclosed massive budget overruns and a half-year delay at its giant Sakhalin II gas project in Russia, didn’t update investors on a capital-spending review it is undertaking as a result of the overruns. Shell said revised guidance for 2006 spending would be given in December.”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

The Times: Shell’s solid platform may become a little shaky in the future: “The investment programme for next year, still to be confirmed, is likely to be higher with some analysts predicting an $18 billion capital expenditure budget, reflecting the large cost overrun at the Sakhalin liquefied natural gas project. “: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Lex: House trained but not off the leash: Royal Dutch Shell: “Yesterday’s slight increase in Shell’s share price, however, probably reflected relief that this quarter’s disasters were natural rather than man-made.”: Friday October 28 2005: Read

AFX Europe (Focus): UK oil companies should brace themselves for tax raid – Ernst & Young: “North Sea oil companies, such as oil giants BP PLC and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, should brace themselves for tax hikes in this year’s pre-budget report as the government looks to address its mounting debt burden, a leading accountancy firm said today.”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: Oil Industry Struggles to Patch Holes in the Pipeline: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: Big Rise in Profit Places Oil Giants on the Defensive: “Another oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell, reported a 68 percent jump in profits yesterday, to $9.03 billion.”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: High oil prices enable Shell and Exxon to make $195bn: “In the third-quarter, Shell’s net income was twice that of General Electric, the world’s biggest company.”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Pour oil on troubled waters by saying where cash goes: “…for everyone who likes to swear and grumble at these oily fat cats – your moment has come”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Activists tap into growing reserves of anger: “There is big money at stake. Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Conoco Phillips and Exxon have all reported such a large increase in profits this year that collectively they are expected to have made $100billion by the end of this year.”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

The Independent: Green groups call for windfall tax as Shell reports record earnings: “Shell’s fortunes this year, on the back of soaring oil prices, are in marked contrast to last year when it was embroiled in a reserves reporting scandal that plunged into one of the worst periods in its long history. The scandal cost Sir Philip Watts his job as chairman and the company was ordered to pay fines of $120m in the US and £17m in the UK. The company agreed to pay $90m in damages to US employee shareholders who brought a class action lawsuit against the oil giant.”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

The Guardian: Shell cheered by record profits and swift hurricane recovery: “The company, hit by a reserves scandal last year and by a cost overrun at its Sakhalin oil and liquefied gas project this summer…”: Friday October 28, 2005: READ

The Times: Oil price rises propel Shell to record profit: “Shell has recruited 1,000 staff this year to boost the ranks of its professional and technical personnel. Mr van der Veer admitted that salary rates at Shell were increasing.”: Friday October 28, 2005: READ

Financial Times: Shell’s performance beats expectations: “Shell has been reviewing its leading projects since the cost of its Sakhalin 2 project in Russia doubled to $20bn earlier this year. The enthusiasm of some analysts was tempered by their expectation that its capital expenditure budget would have to rise when it is announced in December.”: Friday 28 October 2005: READ

Times Online: Shell profits gush higher on record oil prices: “…Shell today is turning a profit of some £1.5 million an hour.”: Friday October 27, 2005: READ

San Diego Union Tribune: Exxon Mobil profit, sales soar to records, Royal Dutch Shell not far behind: “Those results led Democrats in Congress to demand a new windfall profits tax. “Big oil behemoths are making out like bandits, while the average American family is getting killed by high gas prices, and soon-to-be record heating oil prices,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement.”: Posted Friday 28 October 2005: READ

Los Angeles Times: Exxon Mobil Posts Record Quarterly Profit: “…eye-popping financial results reported by industry leader Exxon Mobil, as well as equally impressive quarterly earnings reported today by Royal Dutch Shell: Posted Friday 28 October 2005: READ

Bangkok Post: Shell Autoserv consolidates: “Shell Autoserv has consolidated the operations of its automotive maintenance chains in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia…”: Posted Friday 28 October 2005: READ

BBC News: Sakhalin residents call for Shell cash: “..growing anger in Sakhalin being directed at Shell, which operates on the island under the name Sakhalin Energy.”: Thursday 27 October 2005: READ

Channel 4 News: Shell rakes in £1.5m per hour: Thurs 27 October 2005: READ

BLOOMBERG: Shell Profit Surges to Record for the Oil Industry: “Shell is lagging behind BP in terms of new exploration, in terms of new finds and that’s why they need to up the ante in terms of increased production,”: Thursday 27 October 2005: READ

Forbes/AFX News Limited: Royal Dutch Shell sacks KPMG, keeps PwC as sole auditor: 27 October 2005: READ

The WALL STREET JOURNAL: Shell’s Net Profit Rises 68% On Oil Prices, Pipeline Sale: “…pretax profit was $15.04 billion, up from $9.39 billion.”: Thursday 27 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: Shell Profits Beat Forecasts: “The world’s third-largest listed oil firm by market capitalization said in a statement that its current cost of supply (CCS) net profit, which strips out gains from rises in the value of fuel inventories, rose 68 percent to $7.369 billion.”: Thursday 27 October 2005: READ

BBC News: Shell buoyed by oil price surge: “The current cost of supply (CCS) earnings rose to $7.3bn (£4.01bn) in the three months to 30 September. That was up 68% compared with the same time last year: Thursday 27 October 2005: READ

The Post IE (IRELAND): €2.2m an hour profit for Shell: “Quarterly profits of $7.37bn (€6.08bn) for Shell are higher than the $4.4bn (€3.63bn) reported by rival BP earlier this week.”: Thursday 27 October 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Fifty lessons: real leaders show, not tell: “Senior international business figures have agreed to share their experience with Fifty Lessons. This week: Clive Mather, president and CEO of Shell Canada”: Thursday 27 October 2005: READ

Yahoo! News: Shell Offers To Sell LNG At Discount To Restart Dabhol Project Thursday October 27, 04:55 PM: READ

AP Worldstream: Two companies win oil, gas leases on Alaska Peninsula: “The first sale of state oil and gas leases in 22 years on the Alaska Peninsula generated 37 bids, with a major oil company winning the most. Shell Offshore Inc., part of Shell Exploration & Production Co., was the high bidder Wednesday on 33 tracts”: Thursday Oct 27, 2005: READ

Business News Americas: Shell: Altamira on track for Oct 2006 startup – Mexico: “Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell’s Altamira liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state is on schedule to start operations in October 2006”: Posted 27 October 26, 2005: READ

PR Week: Shell UK promotes Morrison in PA arm: “Shell UK has promoted regulatory relations manager Tanya Morrison to one of its top public affairs roles, having beaten external candidates to secure the post.”: Thursday 27 October 2005: READ

Reuters: Shell top bidder on 33 Alaskan oil and gas blocks: “It’s unclear whether the play will be oil or gas,” said Tom Homza, geologist and Anchorage office manager for Shell. “There’s a gas seep in the area. There’s an oil structure in the area. So there could be both.”: Wednesday 26 October 2005: READ

Forbes/AFX News Limited: Shell’s Dutch workers threaten to strike over pensions: “Workers of the Royal Dutch Shell PLC in the Netherlands have threatened to strike over planned changes in the group’s pension scheme.”: “Industry followers are worried that the strike, should it proceed, will shut Shell’s major facilities, including the 416,000-barrel-per-day Pernis refinery, the Groningen gas field, and the Moerdijk chemical plant.”: Wednesday 26 October 2005: READ

Investment & Pensions Europe: Shell’s Dutch pension talks reach impasse: “The main sticking point is the fact that Shell has changed the pension age from 60 to 65, while all employees will have to start paying part of the pension premiums.”: Wednesday 26 October 2005: READ

LiveJournal.com: OPEC AND THE ECONOMIC CONQUEST OF IRAQ: “In 2004, with oil approaching the $50-a-barrel mark all year, the major U.S. oil companies posted record or near record profits. ConocoPhillips, Rob McKee’s company, this February reported a doubling of its quarterly profits from the previous year, which itself had been a company record; Carroll’s former employer, Shell, posted a record-breaking $4.48 billion in fourth-quarter earnings.”: Wednesday 26 October 2005: READ

Irish Independent: Rossport 5 must wait to learn fate: “The Mayo men have already served 94 days in jail for refusing to obey a High Court order not to interfere with construction of the Corrib gas pipeline.”: Wednesday Oct 26, 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Boots merger will punish shareholders on high tax rate: “The issue echoes the row earlier this year when Shell unified its Royal Dutch Petroleum with its Shell Transport & Trading companies. A small band of Royal Dutch shareholders, who were landed with hefty tax bills, waged a war against the company until Shell backed down.”: Wednesday 26 October 2005: READ

The Independent: Platform snag mars bumper BP profits: “It is clear that our continued pleas to the major oil companies such as BP and Shell – who are now raking in £30m in profit every day to invest in the long-term future of the industry, including skills – have fallen on deaf ears.”: Wednesday 26 October 2005: READ

Shanghai Daily news: Efforts made to reduce pollution: “The city of Shanghai and Shell International Gas International Ltd will cooperate to develop clean energy and reduce air pollution by 2010 for the World Expo.”: Wednesday 26 October 2005: READ

AP Worldstream: Russian gas exporter interested in U.S. natural gas pipelines: Wednesday October 26, 2005: READ

Lloyds List: High oil prices lubricate BP’s profits despite US hurricanes: ‘We anticipate production from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to be back to normal, with the exception of the Shell-operated Mars platform, by the end of the year,’ added Lord Browne.”: Wednesday October 26, 2005: READ

BLOOMBERG: Shell Canada’s Profit Rises 1.3% on Higher Oil Prices (Update1): Posted 26 October 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: BP’s Net Rises 34% On Higher Oil Prices: “Other companies reporting in coming days may be even harder hit, including No. 3 Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the Gulf’s biggest producer.”: Tuesday 25 October 2005: READ

ShellNews.net: The slow death of the ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC “Tell Shell” Internet discussion forum: 25 October 2005: 09.00am ET: READ

ShellNews.net: Shell hopes to duck its Malaysian employee pension fund responsibilities on a legal technicality: Tuesday 25 October 2005: 05.00am ET: READ

Bloomberg: Irish Villagers Say Shell Pipeline Is Health Hazard, Risk Jail: “Shell, which said in 2002 it expected to bring gas onshore within two years, now can’t say when it expects to begin tapping the field.”: Tuesday 25 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Dempsey accused of Corrib ‘ploy': “Three weeks after their release from jail, the men told a press conference in Castlebar, Co Mayo, yesterday that neither Noel Dempsey nor his officials had made any contact with them in relation to proposed mediation.”: “Shell is still seeking a permanent injunction against opposing landowners.”: Tuesday October 25, 2005
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The Wall Street Journal: Oil Firms Seen Soft-Pedaling Record Profits: “Wall Street is looking for Shell and Total to net approximately $5.3 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively.”: Tuesday 25 October 2005: READ

Lloyds List: Brazil’s latest licensing round brings in $480m from bidders: “Shell made a big play to gain interests in Espirito Santo and Santos, gaining five deepwater exploration blocks.”: Tuesday 25 October 2005: READ

Lloyds List: Shell and Exxon a step nearer on Merganser: “SHELL and ExxonMobil have submitted an environmental statement to the Department of Trade and Industry for the Merganser field development in the North Sea, writes Martyn Wingrove.”: Tuesday Oct 25, 2005: READ

Reuters: Train trip shows up changes: “The trip gives a vivid glimpse of the changes taking hold here as international oil companies like Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell pour billions of dollars into Sakhalin to develop its vast oil and gas potential.”: Posted 25 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Global corporation will rise – and rise: “The world’s 15 largest global companies include GM, Ford, VW and Toyota in cars, Exxon Mobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron Texaco and Total Fina in oil, and GE and Siemens in electrical equipment. No monopolies – competition!”: Tuesday 25 October 2005: READ

Ireland On-Line: Protesters brand talk of pipeline mediator as ‘joke': “This talk of mediation is only a joke. All it was the government trying to give Shell justification to leave us out of jail – it was just appearances,” he said.: “Monday 24 October 2005: READ

BBC NEWS: Oil giants count cost of hurricane season: “Anglo-Dutch giant Shell has been through turbulent times of its own in recent months.”: “Deutsche Bank forecasts that quarterly production at Shell “looks likely to be 10% down on a year ago”.: Monday 24 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: THE WORLD THAT TOMORROW MIGHT BRING: “Shell’s Global Scenarios to 2025 start from the assumption that two crises – September 11 and Enron – have affected national security and trust.”: Monday 24 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: BP and Royal Dutch Shell likely to disappoint: “Shell was hit by reserves downgrade scandal in 2004 and massive cost overruns on its new projects this year. But some analysts are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel.”: Monday 24 October 2005: READ

THE TIMES: Work harder, live longer — but don’t expect to enjoy it: “Shell Oil has spent 26 years monitoring the longevity of 4,000 workers in Texas who retired at 55, 60 and 65 respectively.”: Monday 24 October 2005: READ

Times Online: Need to Know: “Shell, the oil group, is to report third-quarter figures on Thursday. Analysts are forecasting a 16 per cent rise in profits to $5.120 billion.”: Mon October 24, 2005: READ

Philippine Daily Inquirer: The oil cartel: “On the very same hour the other day, Caltex and Shell raised their prices by 50 centavos per liter. My lawyer tells me the move was clearly illegal and unconstitutional.”: Monday October 24, 2005: READ

The Way Ahead: Interview: Jeroen van der Veer: CEO, Royal Dutch Shell: “Honesty, integrity, and respect for people are core values in Shell.”: Posted Monday 24 October 2005: READ

THE WAY AHEAD: The Future of Ethics: “Shell’s Chief Executive Officer Jeroen van der Veer admits that his company “has been through some tough times over the last year or so” because of “the reserves recategorizations” issue, which itself would not have existed in the first place had all ethical “best practices” been followed.”: Posted Monday 24 October 2005: READ

Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates): Shell to step up upstream investment in Middle East: “Global oil giant Royal Dutch Shell said it would significantly boost investments in the Middle East’s upstream sector following the recent signing of landmark business agreements in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman and Libya”: 23 October 2005: READ

San Antonio Express: Trillion barrels of oil untapped: “Shell Exploration & Production Co. has been out here for nine years, trying to bake shale oil from the ground by using heating rods drilled into layers of rock.”: Sunday 23 October 2005: READ

San Antonio Express: Oil shale: Another boom?: “Terry O’Connor, a Shell vice president, said the company believes the process will be economical if crude oil stays above $30 a barrel. But the company is at least five years from deciding whether to build a commercial-scale operation.”: READ

Independent On Sunday: Expert View: Cheney has chance to pour oil on troubled waters: “…Shell Oil has recently applied for licences in the American west, and suggested that it could extract oil from shale economically and environmentally if the price remained over $30.”: Sunday 23 October 2005: READ

Sunday Business Post Online (Ireland): Shell campaigners angry at slow progress on mediator: “The resolution of the dispute between Shell and protest group Shell To Sea could be in jeopardy as frustration grows with the failure to appoint a mediator.” Sunday 23 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: Going Where Oil Giants Fear to Tread: “Like any market, people will take opportunities where they can,” said Norman Davidson Kelly, the president of Tigris Petroleum, which is working on two projects in Iraq, including an evaluation of fields in Maysan Province in southeastern Iraq, with Shell and BHP Billiton.”: Saturday 22 October 2005: READ

Times Online: Capital expenditure will be a key number in Shell’s results. Citigroup expects capex to rise by $5 billion to $20 billion a year because of cost over-runs at facilities in Russia, Nigeria, Qatar, Canada and Kazakhstan. Such spending will not help earnings.”: Posted Saturday October 22, 2005: READ

Times Online: Markets Report: Earnings worries rattle Shell: “Cost overruns at projects everywhere from Canada to Kazakhstan are thought to be eroding the oil explorer’s cashflow, leading to speculation  future dividends and share-buybacks may be slimmer than its peers.”: Posted Saturday 22 October 2005: READ

The Times: Need to Know: “Royal Dutch/Shell has been granted permits to explore for oil and gas in the Espirito Santo basin off the Brazilian coast. “: Saturday 22 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Pipeline declared ‘invalid’ sale item on eBay: “Jokes apart, uncertainty continued in north Mayo yesterday over the future of mediation talks between Shell and the five men recently released from prison…”: Saturday October 22, 2005: READ

allAfrica.com: National Assembly Can’t Interfere in Judicial Process, Says Shell: Posted Saturday 22 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Lawyers aim to pin blame on big business: “Big oil companies such as Shell, ChevronTexaco and Exxon Mobil are being sued on the grounds that their refining and production activities in the Gulf cause global warming, which in turn caused Katrina.”: Saturday 22 October 2005: READ

The Wall Street Journal: EnCana Says It Isn’t In Takeover Talks: “Shell and EnCana did confirm Wednesday that Shell had bought 19 exploration leases from EnCana in the Beaufort Sea, offshore Alaska.”: Friday 21 October 2005: READ

The Wall Street Journal: Results From eBay, Pfizer Help Push Down Market: “Speculation that EnCana was close to being acquired by Royal Dutch Shell sent EnCana shares sharply higher late on Wednesday, with the stock jumping 9.8%.”: Friday 21 October 2005: READ

AFX News Limited: Shell wins Espirito Santo oilfield licenses: “Royal Dutch Shell PLC said it acquired the permits to search for oil and gas in the Espirito Santo basin offshore Brazil.”: Friday 21 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Merger talk puts Shell in focus: “Rumours that Shell was planning an approach for North America’s largest natural gas producer grew after Encana shares rose nearly 10 per cent in Toronto on Wednesday amid reports that Shell had sent a large team to carry out due diligence in Canada.”: “But sceptics maintained that Shell, also linked to a merger with France’s Total this week, was not in the market for such a large deal.”: Friday 21 October 2005: READ

The Times: Senior enforcer quits FSA for ex-Shell chief’s legal adviser: “THE senior Financial Services Authority official who supervised the case against Sir Philip Watts is quitting to join the former Shell chairman’s lawyers.”: “…Sir Philip remains under investigation by the FSA over his role in the exaggerated oil reserves scandal at Shell.”: Friday 21 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Corrib gas project talks under threat: “The future of mediation talks over the 900 million Corrib gas project for north Mayo hung in the balance last night, as the five recently released opponents of the onshore pipeline expressed serious concern about the Government’s latest action.”: Friday October 21, 2005: READ

Lloyds List: Shell adds two product carriers: “Shell International Trading and Shipping Co now has 23 crude and product tankers and 24 liquefied natural gas carriers in its managed fleet, one of the largest in the industry.”: Friday October 21, 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Why retiring early could prove fatal: “The 26-year study, reported in the British Medical Journal, involved 3,500 former employees of Shell Oil in Texas.: Friday 21 October 2005: Read

Ireland On-line: Minister meets with Shell to discuss Corrib pipeline: Shell was ordered to dismantle a section of the pipeline three months ago as it had been welded illegally.: Posted Friday 21 October 2005: READ

Legalupload.co.uk: WIPO refuses to order transfer of domain names such as tellshell.org that were critical of Shell: “The WIPO panel found that Shell clearly had rights in the Shell brand in 190 countries and the domain names were confusingly similar to Shell’s brand. However, Donovan had a legitimate interest in the names and had not registered them in bad faith as he was using them to exercise his right to free speech and criticise Shell.”: Posted Friday 21 October 2005: READ

Globe and Mail: EnCana denies takeover: “Earlier, analysts at Merrill Lynch said it “would be a surprise” if Shell made an aggressive bid for EnCana at a time when the European energy giant is focused on improving the efficiency and profitability of its capital investments.”: Posted Friday 21 October 2005: READ

CNW Group: Shell team raises over $4.2 million for United Way : “Shell Canada, its employees and retirees announced a donation of $4,203,850 to United Way of Calgary and Area today, the single largest United Way contribution in Alberta history.: Posted 21 October 2005: READ

Oil & Gas Journal: Shell’s Hofmeister discusses innovation’s importance: “While he acknowledged that oil companies are making record profits (Shell recorded $110 billion in revenue in the U.S. alone in 2004), they are also turning some of this back into record investments.”: Posted Friday 21 October 2005: READ

Vanguard (Nigeria): Olomoro community alleges dumping of toxic waste by Shell: “Olomoro Community in Delta State led by renowned Environmentalist, Dr George Idodo-Umeh, yesterday raised an alarm over the spread of strange diseases in the area due to the illegal dumping of toxic waste in the River Areba by the Shell Producing and Developing Company”: Thursday 20 October 2005: READ

Irish Independent: Shell did no illegal work near homes of Rossport 5: “THE High Court has ruled that no unauthorised works linked to the installation of the Corrib pipeline have been carried out by Shell near the homes of the Rossport Five.”: Thursday 20 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Judge rejects pipeline claim against Shell: “Yesterday, Mr Justice Finnegan rejected claims by the Rossport Five Campaign that Shell had breached an undertaking to the court that it would not carry out works on lands owned by three of the five and other parties which were linked to the pipeline development.”: Thursday Oct 20, 2005: READ

RTE (IRELAND): High Court says Shell did not breach order: “ He said the matter of whether there were other unauthorised works in relation to the laying and welding of pipes is a matter between the company and the Government.”: Posted Thursday 20 October 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Fifty lessons: build up a diverse team: “…I was given the job of managing Shell’s global downstream business, the customer-facing business in refining and marketing, which was a very large business operating in about 140 countries.”: Thursday 20 October 2005: READ

AP Worldstream: Oil prices drop below US$62 a barrel on surprise rise in U.S. gasoline stocks: “Shell Oil Co. warned Wednesday U.S. inventories of natural gas and heating oil may be under strain this winter, in the aftermath of hurricane damage to oil and gas facilities. Pipeline damage limited natural gas production and storage, while refineries have turned their focus to on-road fuels, rather than heating oil, Shell’s president John Hofmeister said in Houston, Texas.”: Thursday 20 October 2005: READ

Financial Post – Canada: Takeover talk boosts EnCana shares: “Royal Dutch/Shell rumoured suitor: Shares of EnCana Corp., Canada’s second-largest company and North America’s top natural gas producer, jumped nearly 10% late yesterday on speculation of a takeover bid by oil major Royal Dutch/Shell Group.”: “Shell is a big operator in Canada. It owns 78% of Shell Canada Ltd”: Thursday Oct 20, 2005: READ

Reuters: EnCana stock surges on Shell takeover bid rumor: “It does make sense. Shell wants to be the dominant North American gas player like it is in the rest of the world with the exception of Russia, where Gazprom eclipses the size and breadth of Shell.”: Posted Thursday 20 October 2005: READ

BLOOMBERG: EnCana Shares Soar on Speculation of Possible Shell Takeover: “Royal Dutch might be attracted by EnCana’s growing gas production in North America…”: Posted 20 October 2005: READ

Oil & Gas Journal: Shell starts seismic survey in Libya: “A long-term agreement Shell signed in May 2003 with National Oil Corp. gave the company gas exploration rights on five onshore blocks totalling 20,000 sq km. Shell plans to invest at least $187 million in exploration, starting with acquisition of 2D and 3D seismic data.”: Wednesday 19 October 2005: READ

Dominican Today (Dominican Republic): Shell DR chief off to meet and address tattered image: “The Government-Shell relations have also grown tense from demands to modify the Refidomsa partnership contract, and have turned for the worse in the last few weeks…”: Wednesday 19 October 2005: READ

Western People (Ireland): Rossport Five ‘constrained’ by pending High Court case: Wednesday 19 October 2005: READ

Western People (Ireland): Shell told to invest €20m in Erris area: Wednesday 19 October 2005: READ

Nigerian Tribune: Shell donates 6 buses to host communities: Wednesday 19 October 2005: READ

Reuters: Shell’s Sakhalin-2 financing package seen delayed: “LONDON: Royal Dutch Shell Plc looks set to miss a target to agree a $5bn financing package for its Sakhalin-2 gas project by the end of the year…”: Wednesday 19 October 2005: READ

UPI Energy Watch: Shell considers third train at Sakhalin-2: “A huge and diverse array of technical and environmental challenges have surrounded the project, including the need to reroute offshore pipelines to bypass feeding grounds for an endangered species of whale. In July, the Sakhalin Energy partners announced a massive revision to the project budget — to $20 billion from $10 billion — and a delay to first LNG deliveries.”: Wednesday 19 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: High Prices Bolster Energy Cos. Profits: “Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., BP PLC, ConocoPhillips Co., and Royal Dutch Shell PLC are expected to report a $9 billion, or 46 percent, increase in their combined third-quarter profits”: Posted 19/10/2005: READ

The Guardian: Ex-Treasury taxation chief predicts North Sea swoop: Wednesday 19 October 2005: READ

Alaskajournal.com: Shell mulls Bristol Bay gas project: Liquefied natural gas project considered if supplies warrant: Posted 19 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Beyond petroleum lies natural gas: “BP, Shell, Exxon Mobil, Total and ENI are leading a migration of capital from crude oil to natural gas through the development of massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities.”: Wednesday 19 October 2005: READ

ShellNews.net: Final Cost of Sakhalin-2 will now be at least $26 Bn.: “A new Sakhalin management team recently completed a technical review of the project. It has concluded that the final cost will be at least $26bn.”: Tuesday 18 October 2005: 00.30am GMT: READ

NewRatings.com: Goldman Raises Royal Dutch Shell To Outperform: “…concerns over strategy, management, reserves, project execution and growth have obscured its above-average returns and its substantial free cash flow generation”: Tuesday, October 18, 2005: READ

The New York Times: Venezuela’s Tax Agency to Claim Back Taxes: “The Seniat has also ordered a court injunction against Shell, Europe’s second-largest oil company, on $130 million in assets as collateral for taxes it says the firm owes.”: Posted 18 October 2005: READ

The Seoul Times: NOC of Libya, Shell Agree on Major Gas Deal: “Shell’s Executive Director for Exploration and Production, Mr Malcolm Brinded, said: “We are delighted to be back in Libya…”: Tuesday, October 18, 2005: READ

New Straits Times (Malaysia): ‘Ex-Shell employees’ suit within time frame': “On Sept 20, 2004, the High Court in Miri ruled in favour of the ex-employees and said the retirement benefit under the Retirement Benefit Fund was ultra vires the Act. Sarawak Shell Berhad and Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd filed an appeal.”: Tuesday 18 October 2005: READ

Lloyds List: Deepwater oil finds make South China Sea the next hotspot: ‘Shell and its partners are pursuing a business growth strategy that contributes to Malaysia’s economy and these deepwater discoveries are a cornerstone of this strategy,’ said Datuk Jon Chadwick, chairman of Shell Malaysia.: Tuesday Oct 18, 2005: READ

Irish Times: Minister will consider deferral of order: “The Mayo-based Shell to Sea campaign described the proposal yesterday as “incredible”. It has been calling on the company for weeks to follow the ministerial order and dismantle the illegally welded section – which was reported by The Irish Times last July.”: Tuesday October 18, 2005: READ

Lloyds List: Shell signs Subsea 7 and Flowserve for new pumps: “Anglo-Dutch group Shell has discovered several oil and gas fields in deep and ultra-deepwaters around the world that could be developed using seabed multiphase pumps. These systems could be particularly applied to develop heavy oil fields and Shell has found viscous oil in deepwater fields in Brazil.”: Tuesday 18 October 2005: READ

British Ahwazi Friendship Society: Iran Claims “British Agent” Arrested Over Ahwaz Bombings: “The Iranian government has previously accused the British government of responsibility for the June bombings in Ahwaz City, but has also blamed the US, Canadian and Saudi governments as well as the Shell Oil Company…”: Posted Tuesday October 17, 2005: READ

Business Standard (India): Shell, ONGC to set up bitumen refinery: “ONGC executives said yesterday the two companies would finalise the details of an agreement next week. “Shell may take an equity in the project and also bring in technology,” said an executive.”: Monday October 17, 2005: READ

Daily Star (Lebanon): Syria’s troubled oil future: “With estimated proven oil reserves of around 2.5 billion barrels, most experts, including Shell, the main foreign operator in the country, expect that Syria will become a net oil importer within the next decade.”: Monday, October 17, 2005: READ

Tehran Times (Iran): Merer says Shell will make billions-dollar investment in Iran oil sector: “Chairman of the Shell companies in Iran, Yves Merer, said here Sunday the Anglo-Dutch oil giant would make an investment worth billions of dollars in the Islamic Republic’s industry.”: Monday 17 October 2005: READ

The Observer: Shell’s pipeline costs overflow to $22bn: “The financial crisis has prompted Gazprom, the state-owned Russian energy giant, to delay rubber-stamping a deal that would see it take a 25 per cent stake in Sakhalin-2.”: “Shell is desperately trying to secure bank loans to help finance Sakhalin-2, which it says will generate $45bn worth of oil and liquefied natural gas.”: Sunday 16 October 2005: READ

The Independent: Petrol giants prepare for the £1 litre: “Petrol prices in the UK have risen sharply over the past week, moving above 90p a litre for the first time, amid concerns that European supplies will be diverted to the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The storm caused serious damage to a number of crucial petrol refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.”: Posted Sunday 16 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Shell’s £40,000 for climate ideas: “Shell is running a contest offering up to £40,000 to small businesses with innovative ideas for combating climate change.”: Saturday 15 October 2005: READ

RTE NEWS (IRELAND): Shell vows commitment to Corrib gas field: It has also announced that work will begin next week on dismantling a section of the pipeline which was welded without the consent of the Department of the Environment. Posted Saturday 15 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Shell ‘committed’ to solving Corrib issues: Saturday Oct 15, 2005: READ

Ireland On-Line: Shell accused of ignoring local feelings: Posted Saturday 15 October 2005: READ

BLOOMBERG: Shell Says It’s `Committed’ to Controversial Irish Gas Pipeline: “Five Irishmen spent 94 days in jail for refusing to obey a court order not to interfere with the pipeline to an onshore processing plant. They and their supporters say it’s being built on “unstable bog land” close to homes, and that the proposed refinery will pollute a nearby nature reserve and local water.”: Friday 14 October 2005: READ

AP Worldstream: South America goes nationalist with its oil and gas amid high world prices: Friday Oct 14, 2005: READ

From The Economist print edition (now updated): A buyer for Shell? It is time to start thinking the unthinkable: “COULD Royal Dutch/Shell become the target of a hostile takeover?” Posted Friday 14 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: A New Push to Mix Oil and Water: “DEEPWATER MILLENNIUM, Gulf of Mexico…”: “BP, the second-largest operator here after Royal Dutch Shell…”: Friday 14 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: S. America Goes Nationalist With Oil, Gas: ”We’re looking at a transitory period in which things are a little bit tense, but if we get through this, we’ll be in a much better place. I believe there is a role for private oil companies here, and that the government believes there is a role for us here,” said Sean Rooney, president of Shell Venezuela.: Posted Friday 14 October 2005: READ

The Guardian: BP plans a pioneering drive into China: “ExxonMobil, Shell and other oil majors have all established footholds in China but Lord Browne has been anxious to win first-mover advantage with a decisive move, preferably through a major equity stake.”: Friday 14 October 2005: READ

AFX Europe (Focus): Repsol YPF, CVC to present bid for Royal Dutch Shell LPG ops this mth – report Friday Oct 14, 2005: READ

Financial Times: BP has greater ambitions for China than any oil major has ever dared to consider possible: “Shell and CNOOC are setting up a $4.3bn refinery and chemicals plant in southern China, which makes the Anglo-Dutch company one of the largest foreign investors in the country.”: Friday 14 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Sinopec ‘would be coup for Lord Browne': “It is understood that other oil majors, including ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron, have been in discussions with PetroChina, CNOOC and Sinopec, China’s three state-controlled oil groups. Their goal is to secure as much access as possible to the fast-expanding Chinese market…”: Friday 14 October 2005: READ

 

Financial Times: SEC widens Nigeria bribery probe with Shell subpoena: “The SEC declined to say if the Shell subpoena indicated it was looking into the activities of the consortium that owns and operates the plant on Bonny Island.”: Thursday 13 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Chief’s departure blow to Shell LPG auction: “The €2.5bn ($3bn) auction of Royal Dutch Shell’s liquefied petroleum gas business has suffered a setback after the unexpected departure of the division’s chief executive.”: Thursday 13 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Shell’s LPG auction suffers double blow: Thursday 13 October 2005: READ

Irish Independent: Bodhran auction to aid Rossport 5: “The instrument is being sold to raise money for the men, who became heroes when they took on Shell.”: Thursday 13 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Corrib hearing aims for ‘post hoc justification': “Minister for the Marine Noel Dempsey is trying to provide a “post hoc” justification for Government decisions on the Corrib gas project, according to the five Mayo men who spent 94 days in prison for their opposition to the onshore pipeline.”:”What is crucially important to understand is that our opposition to the proposed pipeline is grounded firmly on our analysis of the consequences of an accident, given the extraordinary proximity of the pipeline to our homes. We say that this would be catastrophic for ourselves and our community,” they said.”: Thursday Oct 13, 2005: READ

Irish Times: Controversy over Mayo pipeline: “I should make it clear that during the course of their imprisonment, my concern was to make constructive proposals to the Government, Shell and the men themselves that might lead to their release.” Thursday Oct 13, 2005: READ

Financial Times: BP follows the global thirst for energy: “Royal Dutch Shell has about $3bn (£1.72bn) invested in China across all its businesses, which span from selling lubricants and petrochemicals, to operating gas pipelines.”: Thursday 13 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: BP seeks strategic China link: “No foreign oil group has been granted significant access to the domestic oil industry, especially in the upstream sector, in spite of several attempts by BP, Exxon and Shell.”: Thursday 13 October 2005: READ

RigZone: Brazil’s ANP, Shell Refute Output Fraud Accusations: Posted Thursday 13 October 2005: READ

IranMania News: Technical glitch halts production at Iran oilfields: “The fields were inaugurated in July, having been developed at a cost of $1.45 bln by Anglo-Dutch giant Royal Dutch Shell in partnership with Japan’s JJI and Iran’s Oil Industries Engineering Company.”: “But Vakil complained of what he said had been “Shell’s inappropriate supervision of its subcontractors…” Thursday, October 13, 2005: READ

SanLuisObispo.com (USA): Shell subsidiary to pay $10.75 million in San Diego County: “A Shell Oil Co. subsidiary will pay $10.75 million to settle environmental violations at its gas stations in San Diego County under an agreement signed Wednesday.”: “Equilon, which is owned by Houston-based Shell Oil, operates about 6,600 stations primarily in the western United States, including 62 in San Diego County.”: Posted Thursday 13 October 2005: READ

San Diego Union Tribune, United States: Shell to pay $10.75 million settlement for gas station violations: “County and city officials announced Wednesday they had reached a $10.75 million settlement with Shell Oil Co. over environmental-health violations at its local gas stations dating back to 1999.”: Wednesday 12 October 2005: READ

ShellNews.net: PROTECTING THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF THE PACIFIC RIM: CHAPTER ONE: “Since 1994, Shell Oil has been spearheading an oil and gas extraction project off the shore of Sakhalin Island, a Russian Island north of Japan. This development will impact the critically endangered Western Pacific Grey Whale…”: Posted Wednesday 12 October 2005: 09.30pm EDT: READ

ShellNews.net: PROTECTING THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF THE PACIFIC RIM: CHAPTER TWO: Posted Wednesday 12 October 2005: 09.30pm EDT: READ

ShellNews.net: PROTECTING THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF THE PACIFIC RIM: CHAPTER THREE: Posted Wednesday 12 October 2005: 09.30pm EDT: READ

Euronext Amsterdam: Royal Dutch Shell plc Third quarter 2005 interim dividend timetable: Posted 12 October 2005: READ

Business News Americas: ANP, Shell refute output fraud accusations – Brazil: Posted Wednesday 12 October 2005: READ

The Local (Sweden): Shell in court over refinery leak: Posted Wednesday 12 October 2005: READ

Forbes/AFX News Limited: Shell sees global natural gas demand rising 3 pct a year over next 15 yrs: Posted Wednesday 12 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Rossport men to explain hearing doubts: “…they are expected to participate in mediation talks with Shell E&P Ireland which Mr Dempsey is facilitating, and are also due back in court on October 25th to hear if they are to be punished for their breach of the injunction.”: Wednesday Oct 12, 2005: READ

ShellNews.net: New SEC Chairman, Christopher Cox, brands Royal Dutch Shell reserves debacle a European “fraud” on a par with the Enron and WorldCom scandals: Tuesday 11 October 2005: 04.00am EDT: READ

The Wall Street Journal: Environmental Groups Develop New Ways to Air Grievances: “Now, Shell faces nongovernmental organizations who roam the corridors of international banks or take lenders on field trips to highlight their grievances.”: Tuesday 11 October 2005: READ

The Wall Street Journal: Breaking Views: Latest Deal Sends BP Yield Sky High: “Royal Dutch Shell sold petrochemical unit Basell to a U.S. fund for €4.4 billion six months ago. The fact that BP had a number of possible buyers circling will be good news for Italy’s ENI and France’s Total, both of which have long wanted to sell their own petrochemical units.”: Tuesday 11 October 2005: READ

ShellNews.net: New SEC Chairman, Christopher Cox, brands Royal Dutch Shell reserves debacle a European “fraud” on a par with the Enron and WorldCom scandals: Tuesday 11 October 2005: 04.00am EDT: READ

Financial Times: Observer: Change of scene: “As two troubled companies looking to leave the past behind them, Royal Dutch Shell, the oil giant, and Dutch grocery group Ahold have much in common. Having weathered accounting scandals – Ahold’s $1bn shock was in early 2003, Royal Dutch Shell’s reserves crisis came a year later – they have now opened new headquarters.”: Tuesday 11 October 2005: READ

Malaysia Star: Shell JV makes oil and gas find: “SABAH Shell Petroleum Co Ltd said a Shell-Petronas Carigali-ConocoPhillips joint venture has made another oil and gas discovery in Deepwater Block G, offshore northwest Sabah”: Tuesday 11 October 2005: READ

Message from Royal Dutch Shell Plc CEO, Jeroen (“the finger”) van der Veer, to new SEC Chairman, Christopher Cox, after Cox brands Shell’s reserves scandal a fraud : Oct 05

Daily Telegraph: Shell offers environmental springboard for products: “Lord Oxburgh, who stepped down as chairman of Shell Transport and Trading two months ago, is heading the green initiative, called Shell Springboard.”: Tuesday 11 October 2005: READ

Financial Times (Letters): Claims of an emerging Asia-Middle East alliance are unsubstantiated: “…that was long after Royal Dutch/Shell of the Netherlands/UK and Total of France in July 2003 signed a $2bn contract – in other words, if the facts are anything to go by, the energy reserves in the Middle East are being taken over by European companies, not Asian ones.”: Tuesday 11 October 2005: READ

Lloyds List; BP shares in new Russian discovery: “The area off Sakhalin Island is becoming a key region for new oil and gas field developments where other oil majors are investing more than $20bn. ExxonMobil and Shell are involved in huge integrated oil and gas projects that will lead to new tanker routes in the reigon. If BP’s discoveries in the Kaigansky-Vasuykansky licence are large enough for commercial development, this could be a third project off Sakhalin.”: Tuesday Oct 11, 2005: READ

Irish Times: Controversy over Mayo pipeline: “…the whole saga, has created a dichotomy between the so-called Rossport Five (“good”) and Shell (“bad”) that could well result in there being no way through the impasse, and in thousands of people (the silent majority, perhaps?) being denied access to natural gas as a source of power”: Tuesday Oct 11, 2005: READ

Summit Daily News (Colorado): Shale proving a tough nut to crack for industry: Posted Tuesday 11 October 2005: READ

Canberra Times (Australasia); Oil-reliant nations walking the steep slope of Huppert’s peak: “This theory was coined in 1956 by the American M.King Huppert (a geologist with Shell), who predicted that US oil production would peak around 1970 (he was proved right) and global output would peak in 1995 (he got that wrong).”: Tuesday Oct 11, 2005: READ

Geelong Advertiser (Australia): Panel to help Shell do `a better job': “SHELL Geelong will set up a new “expertise-based” community advisory panel, after acknowledging the refinery had failed to meet public expectations.”: Tuesday 11 October 2005: READ

Waste News: Shell WindEnergy to acquire NedPower Mount Storm: “Shell WindEnergy started in 2001 and focuses on large-scale wind farms in the United States. Shell is one of the largest owners of wind farms in the world.”: 10 October 2005: READ

Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX: Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX: Shell, Pickens enter Barnett play: Thanks to Mike Patman, the multinational Shell Exploration and Production Co. and Boone Pickens are now in the Barnett Shale natural-gas play.”: Posted on Mon, Oct. 10, 2005: READ

AFX News Limited: Shell finds oil, gas field in deep sea off coast Malaysia: “Royal Dutch Shell said it has found a ‘significant’ oil and gas field…”: Monday 10 October 2005: Read

Financial Times: Responsibility for the disadvantaged lies with all of us: “Mr McCredie described the increasing manifestations of insecurity that Shell and other oil companies face around the world. Threats include attacks on oil facilities, corrupt officials, industrial espionage, kidnapping, piracy and the potential for large-scale political instability.”: Monday 10 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Pivotal figure hands over in a period of great change: “After June, Shell will be number one and I will then look at being in a good supporting role at Nokia for Olli-Pekka to run the company,” said Mr Ollila.”: Monday 10 October 2005: READ

The Wall Street Journal: Latest Deal Sends BP Yield Sky High: “Royal Dutch Shell sold petrochemical unit Basell to a U.S. fund for €4.4 billion six months ago.”: Monday 10 October 2005: READ

Lloyds List: Stasco to launch time charter party specifically designed for LNG sector: “SHELL International Trading and Shipping Co (Stasco) is about to unveil a time charter designed specifically for liquefied natural gas shipping.”: Monday 10 October 2005: READ

Reuters: Egypt, Gulf investors plan $1 bln Egypt refinery: “He said a contract to take the output had been agreed upon with Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Shell in Cairo had no immediate comment.”: Posted Monday 10 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: In Canada’s Wilderness, Measuring the Cost of Oil Profits: Sunday 9 October 2005: READ

Sunday Business Post (Ireland): O’Malley concerned by Shell’s Sakhalin-2 project: “For the past eight years, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has been mulling over a loan application from a Shell-led conglomerate to develop huge oil and gas reserves in the far east of Russia.”: “The bank’s directors are divided on the issue. Ireland’s representative, former government minister and former Progressive Democrats leader Des O’Malley, is critical of the project.”: “There is pressure from Shell as it badly needs to generate new flows of oil and gas, after it was forced to admit last year that it was holding less in reserves than it claimed.”: “Pitted against Shell is an array of international non-government organisations (NGOs), battling on environmental and social issues on the bleak island nine time zones away from Moscow.”: “Does he think the board is likely to reject the Sakhalin-2 project? “I would hope so, if the facts dictate it,” he said.”: Sunday 9 October 2005: READ

Houston Chronicle: Shell workers settle in at hotel: Oil giant leases vacant Radisson in west Houston: “While corporations were quick to lease big blocks of Houston-area apartments for their displaced employees after Hurricane Katrina, Shell Oil Co. has found another place to house its workers: a vacant hotel.”: Posted Sunday 9 October 2005: READ

Malaysia Star: Reality-style recruitment: “Doing away with the long interviews and tests that are traditionally associated with the hiring process, the Shell Gourami Business Challenge takes a new approach”: Sunday 9 October 2005: READ

San Jose Mercury News: House passes measure to boost refineries; oil exec questions need: “Shell is the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell, one of the world’s largest private oil companies.”: Posted Saturday 8 October 2005: READ

Kentucky.com: Shell chief questions need for new oil refineries Posted on Sat, Oct. 08, 2005: READ

The Independent: Jeremy Warner’s Outlook: As it struggles to find its raison d’être, should Cable & Wireless really be buying Energis? “A year ago, the FSA imposed a £17m fine on Shell in full and final settlement of the scandal of mis-stated reserves. To most people this would seem a much more heinous case of market abuse. Apparently knowingly, the company had overstated its reserves over a period of years, yet so far there have been no criminal prosecutions, only a fine which though large is of barely any significance at all for a company of Shell’s size. Shell is a Goliath of a company, with teams of lawyers and compliance officers pawing over everything it says and does, yet still it failed to correct the stream of misleading statements on reserves that were issued from the late 1990s onwards.”: Saturday 8 October 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: The Oil Bubble: “When Shell announced earlier this year that its oil and gas reserves were down by 30%, there was a global outcry.”: Saturday 8 October 2005: READ

Dominican Today, Dominican Republic: Government accuses Shell of boycotting Petrocaribe: Posted Saturday 8 October 2005: READ

Convenience Store News Online (USA): Shell Says, “Charge It!”: Posted Saturday 8 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Ineos emerges from shadows with Innovene buy from BP: “In May, Royal Dutch Shell and BASF sold their plastics joint venture, Basell, for €4.4bn to a consortium led by Access Industries of the US and India’s Chatterjee Group.”: Saturday 8 October 2005: READ

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Shell Subsidiary to Buy Wind Power Project 4: Posted Saturday 8 October 2005: READ

Business News Americas: PT lawmaker wants to probe Shell, nationalize reserves – Brazil: “Luciano Zica said workers at federal oil company Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) have accused Shell of not declaring to government authorities part of the oil produced at the Bijupira-Salema field in the Campos basin.”: Saturday 8 October 2005: READ

ShellNews.net: What “myhosting” says about our Royal Dutch Shell plc dotcom website: “Your site is very busy, very large”: Posted Saturday 8 October 2005: 03.10am EDT READ

Expatica News: Hague mayor cuts the ribbon at Shell’s EUR 160m HQ: “The expansion of the headquarters in The Hague was necessary to accommodate the managerial staff transferred from London following the uniting of Royal Dutch and the UK-based Shell under one board.”: Posted Saturday 8 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Collaboration is ‘vital’ says Cox: “…Cox… became chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission in August…”: “He highlighted US “scandals” at Enron, WorldCom, HealthSouth, Global Crossing, Qwest and Tyco. But he said they were not unique to the US, and noted “European frauds” at Vivendi, Royal Dutch Shell and Parmalat. “Cross-border collaboration in international enforcement is growing in importance because massive financial frauds by major market participants have rocked the global financial world,” he said.”: Friday 7 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: SEC chief aims for global co-operation: The new head of the chief US financial watchdog on Thursday pledged co-operation with overseas securities regulators so as to nurture “global investor confidence”. “He said “European frauds” such as Vivendi, Royal Dutch Shell and Parmalat demonstrated that corporate scandals were not confined to the US..”: Posted Friday 7 October 2005: READ

The Independent: Nigerian rebel who led oil protests is accused of treason: “The charges are likely to stoke tensions in the oil-rich west African nation, coming one month before the 10th anniversary of hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa, killed by Nigeria’s former military dictatorship after leading protests against Shell’s activities in the region.”: Friday 07 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Fresh concern over gas pipeline section: “A week after the five Mayo men opposed to the Corrib gas onshore pipeline were released from prison, supporters of the men have said they are “deeply concerned” over the commitment to dismantle the illegally welded section of pipeline. Shell E&P Ireland had said several days ago that it would begin dismantling the pipeline this week – over two months after the Minister ordered it to do so.”: Friday Oct 07, 2005: READ

The Guardian (UK): Don’t be defeatist: the power of protest is alive and well: “…in Ireland last week huge public pressure forced Shell to lift an injunction which had seen five anti-pipeline farmers jailed for 94 days.”: Friday 7 October 2005: READ

The Daily Journal (South America): Shell’s Motiva refinery resumes ops: Friday 7 October 2005: READ

Daily Journal (South America): Three companies move towards joint ventures: “Shell hopes to skip the transitory contract to sign a “definitive” joint venture contract by the end of the year, Shell Venezuela president Sean Rooney said on Thursday. He called negotiations “well-advanced.”: Friday 7 October 2005: READ

Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand): Shell funds research into environmentally concerned consumers: “It is aimed at supporting projects that will reduce environmental impacts or provide advice to small and medium-sized businesses.”: Friday 07 October 2005: READ

The Guardian: Shell shows cracks: “Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting? “Ian McCredie, head of global security services at Shell, is reported to have told a Chatham House conference a tale of how up to 70 staff have been kidnapped over the last year in Nigeria. Mr McCredie then went on to slag off the royal family in Saudi Arabia, where Shell is desperately trying to ingratiate itself, before moving on to Russia – another key market for the Anglo Dutch giant.”: Thursday 6 October 2005: READ

The Guardian (UK): Contract aims to claw back rewards for executive failure: “Other cases of “rewards for failure” that F&C believe should have been repaid include cash handouts to former Shell directors after last year’s reserves scandal…”: Thursday October 6, 2005: READ

Lloyds List: Energy sector counts toll of Katrina and Rita carnage: “UP to 108 oil and gas platforms were destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, plus 53 platforms were significantly damaged, said US Interior Secretary Gale Norton.”: “Ms Norton does not take into account the serious damage to Shell’s Mars TLP, where the derrick collapsed.”: Thursday 6 October 2005: READ

The Wall Street Journal: Agency Cancels A Housing Plan For Evacuees: “The effort had placed about 6,000 Louisiana workers in nearly 2,400 travel trailers at industrial sites across hurricane-ravaged southeast Louisiana. Most were at large refineries owned by energy and chemical giants including Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Exxon Mobil Corp., Murphy Oil Corp., Dow Chemical Co., DuPont and Monsanto Co.”: Thursday 6 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Controversy over Mayo pipeline: “…a presence will be maintained in the area to keep an eye on things and to monitor any breaches of the “ceasefire” which may be perpetrated by Shell or the State.”: Thursday 6 October 2005: READ

Houston Chronicle: Libya may let foreigners own oil: “Libya may ask foreign companies such as Royal Dutch Shell to help revive and expand output at fields that are losing production after more than four decades of use.”: Posted Thursday October 6 2005: READ

Reuters: Shell says Port Arthur refinery has partial power: Thu Oct 6, 2005: READ

All Headline News: Shell And Conservation Groups Face Off: “Some groups say it may take very little to drive the whales – which now number about 100 animals – to extinction. The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has slammed Shell – which leads the Sakhalin Energy consortium operating the project – on its decision to push ahead and install the platform for its Sakhalin phase two oil and gas project this summer.”: Posted 6 October 2005: READ

Western People (Ireland): Shell may face contempt proceedings over pipeline breach: “As the Rossport Five walked to freedom in the High Court on Friday after 94 days in jail, Shell oil company executives, who had demanded their imprisonment in the first place, were themselves having to face potential contempt of court issues.”: Posted Thursday, October 06, 2005: READ

The Independent: Hurricanes to knock more than $700m off BP’s profits: “Goldman said it regarded BP shares as fully valued after their strong rise this year, adding that Shell offered “more upside potential”.: Wednesday 5 October 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph: Hurricanes leave behind £4bn bill for oil giants: “Similar problems are likely to dent Shell’s third-quarter figures with production from the Gulf down from 450,000 boepd to 160,000 boepd because of the storms at the end of last month.”: Wednesday 5 October 2005: READ

The Wall Street Journal: French Protests Hobble Refineries: “Shell, Exxon and Total, which operate the other three refineries in the Mediterranean hub, are relying on stockpiles of crude to continue operations…”: Wednesday 5 October 2005: READ

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: BP Sees Profit Cut Over $700 Million By Hurricanes: “Exxon Mobil and No. 3 Royal Dutch Shell PLC haven’t detailed the hurricanes’ financial impact.”: Wednesday 5 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Oil groups face rise in threats to security: “Shell has faced terrorist threats in Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan this year. One of its chartered vessels was hijacked in Somalia.”: Wednesday 5 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: BP spells out losses from hurricanes: “Royal Dutch Shell, BP’s Anglo-Dutch rival, has suffered extensive damage at its Mars platform, of which BP also owns 28.5 per cent. Shell hopes to have 60 per cent of its usual 450,000 barrels a day of production back on line by the end of the year, though it may not be producing from its Cognac field again until next year. Mr Lanstone calculates that Shell is likely to have lost at least 100,000 barrels a day of production this quarter because of the hurricanes, and 60,000 barrels a day of refined output.”: Wednesday 5 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: BP Details Its Damages From Hurricanes: “There were signs Tuesday that another oil producer, Royal Dutch Shell, experienced worse-than-expected damage in the Gulf of Mexico.”: Wednesday 5 October 2005: READ

A message from Jeroen van de Veer concerning the “Rossport Five” debacle: Tuesday 4 Oct 2005

BBC News: UK to decide on Sakhalin funding: A $20bn oil and gas project in Russia faces a crucial funding decision amid running concerns over its effect on the endangered western Pacific gray whale.”: Tuesday, 4 October 2005: READ

Socialist Worker Online: Freed Irish protesters face down oil giant: “Micheal O Seighin, Willie Corduff, Phillip McGrath, Vincent McGrath and Brendan Philbin were jailed on 29 June for standing up to the oil multinational Shell.”: “In 1995 nine activists, including Ken Saro-Wiwa, were hanged by the Nigerian government for daring to criticise the operations of Shell in Nigeria”: Tuesday 4 October 2005: READ

MarketWatch: EPA alleges clean-air violations at former Shell plant: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said preliminary findings showed that Merit Energy Co. and a Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. (RD) unit violated the Clean Air Act at a sour gas processing plant”: Tuesday 4 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: Getting Oil From Shale a Complex Process: Posted Tuesday 4 October 2005: READ

MarketWatch: Shell’s Mars platform to be down until 2H 2006 – Enbridge: “The key Mars oil and natural gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico probably won’t be back on line until the second half of 2006”: Tuesday 4 October 2005: READ

Ireland On-Line: Dáil to hold debate on imprisonment of Rossport Five: “…they were released after the global oil firm Shell decided to lift the injunction to pave the way for a fresh mediation effort.”: Tuesday 4 October 2005: Tuesday 04/10/2005: READ

Muzi Daily News: Dow unit wins appeals ruling in Shell patent case: “WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a patent infringement verdict against Shell Oil Co. in a case filed by Union Carbide, and it told a lower court to consider increasing the $153.6 million damage award in the case.”: Posted Tuesday 4 October 2005: READ

The Guardian (UK): BP and Shell miss out on oil rights: “BG has won the right to explore in two areas of oil-rich Libya, but BP and Shell have emerged empty-handed from a new round of licensing.”: Tuesday October 4, 2005: READ

Convenience Store News: Texaco-Shell Case Headed to Supreme Court: “…an appeals court ruling that said a Texaco-Shell joint venture was guilty of price fixing”: Tuesday 4 October 2005: READ

The Wall Street Journal: Brunei LNG to Offer Nation’s First Islamic Bonds: “Brunei’s government owns half of Brunei LNG. The other half is divided evenly between Royal Dutch Shell PLC, of the Netherlands, and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp.”: Tuesday 4 October 2005: READ

The Guardian (UK): Should I … support a consumer boycott? “In recent years, many household names have been forced into high-profile U-turns – Shell’s climbdown over the proposed deep-sea sinking of its Brent Spar platform is a memorable example.”: Tuesday October 4, 2005: READ

INQ7 Interactive, Inc. (Philippines): Shell weighs refinery options; closure seen sans incentives: Tuesday Oct. 04, 2005: READ

The Times: Games bid winner has a record of marketing triumphs: Master Entrepreneur: Keith Mills: “At the time, I was working for an advertising agency for both Shell and BA,” he says. “Both wanted a way to foster customer loyalty. I started scribbling some notes and came up with the idea that customers who bought petrol from Shell would win miles from BA. This was the start of Air Miles.”: Tuesday 4 October 2005: READ

FORBES: Update 1: Shell Says Joint-Venture Talks With Vene: “Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Monday that it was open to negotiating with the Venezuelan government on a new arrangement for using oil fields where the company has been operating under contract.”: Posted 4 October 2005: READ

ShellNews.net: Google News on Royal Dutch Shell: Monday 3 October 2005: 13.40am ET: READ

PRWeek: Edelman, Burson land global deals with unified Shell: “ Burson, meanwhile, is to promote the new corporate entity – created earlier this year from the merger of Shell Transport & Trading and Royal Dutch Petroleum – to shareholders, media, NGOs, and government agencies worldwide.”: Monday 3 October 2005: READ

The Wall Street Journal: Can Energy Help Investors Running on Empty?: Monday 3 October 2005: READ

Sydney Morning Herald: Shell NZ, Todd Petroleum battle it out: Energy heavyweights Shell New Zealand and Todd Petroleum Mining on Monday squared off at the High Court in Wellington over who will operate the crucial new Pohokura gas field. The pair are currently joint operators of the field through a 50:50 venture, Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) – a partnership dating back to 1955.”: Monday October 3, 2005 4: READ

Boston Globe: Burdens of oil weigh on Nigerians: Ecological harm, corruption hit hard: Monday October 3, 2005: READ

Globe and Mail: Oil kills: “The crucible of Ogoni discontent, beyond the Lagos regime and its associated local agents, was the Royal Dutch/Shell oil company…”: Posted Monday 3 October 2005: READ

ameinfo.com (United Arab Emirates): Shell supports Dubai’s efforts to raise the bar in quality of education by introducing business ethics in the curricula: Posted Monday 3 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Released men insist Minister must join talks: “The five Mayo men who spent 94 days in prison over their opposition to the Corrib gas onshore pipeline have insisted that the Government must participate in mediation talks.”: ”Earlier on Saturday, the five were applauded by several thousand people at a rally in Dublin. In a joint statement, they thanked families, friends, Irish citizens and the incoming Norwegian government for its “respect” and “support”.: Monday 3 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: Five savour freedom after 94 days in jail: “Speaking to The Irish Times less than 24 hours after Shell E&P Ireland collapsed the temporary injunction which led to their release from prison, the jokes were flying among the five men and their families.”: “They had observed efforts by Shell E&P Ireland to “spin” this line. “The language – references to anarchy – mirrored that used in Nigeria 10 years ago by Shell before Ken Sara Wiwa and his colleagues were hanged,”: Monday 2 October 2005: READ

Irish Times: The Rossport saga: “A Government-ordered safety review, in which opponents of the gas pipeline have refused to participate, could reach conclusions that neither side find comfortable.”: Monday 3 October 2005: READ

Financial Times: Business must evolve to thrive in a high-cost fuel world: By Ron Oxburgh: Lord Oxburgh retired as chairman of Shell Trading and Transport in July: Monday 3 October 2005: READ

Sunday Business Post (Ireland): Mediator ‘next hurdle’ for Shell dispute 02 October 2005: READ

The Sunday Times:  Shell hints at moving pipeline to end Rossport dispute: “…it emerged that Shell went against its own legal advice in agreeing to lift the injunction against the men. It fears that this could prejudice a further application for an injunction.”: “There was a clear attempt to break the will of these men. That’s why they were left in Cloverhill prison.”: Sunday 2 October 2005: READ

The Observer: Call for Shell to drop gas line as Mayo men are freed: Brother of murdered Ken Saro Wiwa backs Rossport 5: “He said the mens’ courage in going to prison for their cause gave inspiration to the Ogoni people of southern Nigeria, who he said have suffered environmental devastation at the hands of Shell.”: “Meanwhile, senior Shell executives are understood to be concerned about the damage done to the company’s image by jailing the five men.”: Sunday October 2, 2005: READ (WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE REFERRED TO HEREIN IS ACCESSIBLE BELOW)

The Washington Post: Protest Stalls Energy Giant in Rural Ireland: “The government and Shell should be ashamed of themselves,”: Sunday 25 September 2005: READ

The Sunday Times: Power struggle that cut an oil giant down to size: ‘A revealing new book lifts the lid on the boardroom manoeuvring that finally brought change to Royal Dutch/Shell: WALTER VAN DE VIJVER was worried, and was about to express his fears in an e-mail to his boss. “I am becoming sick and tired about lying about the extent of our reserves issues,” he told Sir Philip Watts.': Sunday 2 October 2005: READ

The New York Times: Honore: Crisis Remains in Southeast La.: “A Shell Oil pipeline was ruptured by Katrina, adding to the mess.”: Sunday 2 October 2005: READ

Tell Shell: Wakey Wakey on Freedom of Expression under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 (United Nations) – By Dr. John Huong: “Wow, I’ve just read the posting below about the 2005 Accountability Rating – the article by Alfred Donovan- the owner of the worlds self proclaimed ultimate gripe site, ShellNews.net. I am baffled why Shell allows him to comprehensively tear Shell management to pieces on countless postings all over the Internet, including Shell’s own website – while I am not allowed the freedom to make criticism on Shell, my former employer of 29 years.”: Saturday 1 October 2005: READ

Tell Shell: Shell clobbered, beaten and bruised by people power in Ireland!: Posted Saturday 1 October 2005: READ

Daily Telegraph Magazine: Bog stand-off: Five men from County Mayo defy the might of Shell: “In local eyes, the villain is the oil giant Shell (the lead company in a consortium developing the gas), closely followed by the Irish government which granted compulsory acquisition orders for the pipe to cross the jailed men’s land.”: Saturday 1 October 2005: READ

Irish Independent: Shell faces possible contempt as five go free after 94 days in jail: “Counsel for Shell, Patrick Hanratty, had applied to discharge the injunction “AS the Rossport Five walked free in the High Court yesterday, the Shell oil company itself was facing possible contempt of court.”: Saturday Oct 01, 2005: READ

The Independent (UK): Shell pipeline protesters freed: “DUBLIN Five men jailed for 94 days in their battle to stop the energy giant Shell building a pounds 500m gas pipeline walked free from court yesterday.”: Saturday 1 October 2005: READ

Irish Independent: Free at last: Rossport heroes vow to fight on: “AFTER 94 days in prison, five men tasted freedom yesterday after an epic David and Goliath battle with the multinational Shell oil company.”: Saturday Oct 01, 2005: READ

Irish Times: High Court frees Rossport men: “As the men known as the Rossport Five walked free from the High Court yesterday after 94 days in jail, Shell oil company executives, who had demanded their imprisonment in the first place, were themselves having to face potential contempt of court issues”: Saturday Oct 01, 2005: READ

Ireland On-Line: Rossport 5 issue statement: “We remind Shell and their Irish government partner that imprisonments have historically and will always fail as a method to secure the agreement of Irish people.We now call on our supporters to intensify the campaign for the safety of our community and families. We invite all citizens to join with us at a national rally tomorrow Saturday, October 1st. The rally will depart from the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm and march to the Dáil. The campaign has now begun in earnest.”: Posted Saturday 1 October 2005: READ

RTE NEWS: Rossport men released by High Court: “Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan also said he will hear evidence that Shell itself was in breach of court orders by continuing development, despite undertakings not to do so.”: Posted Saturday 1 October 2005: READ

BBC News: Gas pipeline protesters released: Posted Saturday 1 October 2005: READ

IrishExaminer.com: Rossport Five – Outbreak of reason is long overdue: “…the court also intends to hear evidence that Shell itself was in breach of court orders by continuing development, despite undertakings not to do so.”: “Dr Mark Garavan, a spokesman for the men, was unequivocal that seven weeks ago, they indicated they would engage in talks once the injunction was removed. That is exactly what happened yesterday.”: Saturday 01/10/05: READ

Geelong Advertiser (Australia): EPA Slams Shell: THE head of the EPA hit out at Shell Geelong yesterday saying it was failing to meet its environmental obligations.He made the claims as the EPA levied Shell Geelong with a $10,000 fine after two breaches of its licence.”: Saturday October 1, 2005: READ

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