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The Australian: Woodside rocked by Pluto veto

Nigel Wilson, Energy writer Wednesday October 18, 2006 THE North West Shelf joint venturers have rejected a bid by Woodside to process gas from the Pluto reservoir through facilities at the existing gas processing site on Burrup Peninsula. Woodside is a one-sixth partner in the export LNG phase of the Shelf project – Australia’s biggest […]

Agence France Presse: Russia moves to ease energy giants’ concerns by Nick Coleman

17 October 2006 Russia moved to ease concern among energy majors, pledging to abide by all contractual obligations with foreign firms and dismissing fears that Moscow might renege on earlier promises. Energy and Industry Minister Viktor Khristenko vowed specifically that Russian state-controlled companies would abide by the terms of three key energy production sharing agreements […]

RIA Novosti: Wrap: Russian authorities relax pressure on Shell over Sakhalin II

22:33 | 17/ 10/ 2006  MOSCOW, October 17 (RIA Novosti) – Pressure on oil major Royal Dutch Shell over a vast oil and gas project in Russia’s Far East, which has come under attack over environmental destruction allegations, seemed to lift Tuesday. Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko said the project’s 1994 production sharing agreement would remain […] Russia’s New Environmentalist? The Kremlin

(copyright The New York Times) October 17, 2006 11:45 AM – Alex Pasternack, Beijing, China As if taking a cue from its green-wannabe neighbor, the Russian government has lately started to use its strong-arm tactics to protect the environment. In the most visible case, the Kremlin is parroting concerns that local environmentalists have made for […]

Friends of the Earth (London): Africa: Shell’s Neighbors Expose Hypocrisy of Wildlife Prize

PRESS RELEASE October 17, 2006 Posted to the web October 17, 2006 Communities living next door to the oil giant Shell are in London this week to expose the oil giant’s hypocrisy in sponsoring the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – to be announced on Wednesday 18 October. Shell is the new sponsor of […]

RIA Novosti: Sakhalin II changes depend on corporate interests – minister

21:10 | 17/ 10/ 2006  MOSCOW, October 17 (RIA Novosti) – Changes in the composition of the participants in the controversial Sakhalin II oil and gas project in Russia’s Far East are dictated purely by corporate interests, Russia’s industry and energy minister said Tuesday. Oil major Royal Dutch Shell, which is leading the vast hydrocarbon […]

RIA Novosti: Prosecutors summon head of Sakhalin environmental service

19:14 | 17/ 10/ 2006  MOSCOW, October 17 (RIA Novosti) – The Sakhalin prosecutor’s office for environmental protection has summoned the acting head of the local environmental agency for questioning, the Russian Natural Resources Ministry said Tuesday. Dmitry Belanovich “has been ordered to attend the prosecutor’s office on October 18, with a full list of […]

RIA Novosti: Court refuses to review lawsuit on Sakhalin II probe

15:36 | 17/ 10/ 2006  MOSCOW, October 17 (RIA Novosti) – A Moscow district court refused to consider Tuesday a lawsuit filed by Russia’s environmental watchdog against the Natural Resources Ministry to enforce the annulment of a 2003 environmental review for the massive Sakhalin II oil and gas project in Russia’s Far East. The project, […]

International Herald Tribune: Shell says talks with Gazprom over troubled Far East energy project going well

The Associated Press Published: October 17, 2006   MOSCOW Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Tuesday that negotiations with Russia’s natural gas monopoly over its participation in a troubled US$20 billion (€15.9 billion) energy project on the Pacific island of Sakahlin were progressing well, Russian news agencies reported.   Meanwhile, Russia’s industry minister signaled that Moscow […]

Reuters: UPDATE 1-Shell awaits more Sakhalin environment claims

Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:15am ET By Tanya Mosolova MOSCOW, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Tuesday that Russian officials may hit its $20 billion Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project with a slew of new environmental claims just as it resolves a list of existing complaints. Chris Finlayson, […]

RIA Novosti: Shell aims to save its Sakhalin II project during minister visit

15:27 | 17/ 10/ 2006  MOSCOW, October 17 (RIA Novosti) – Oil major Royal Dutch Shell, which is leading the vast Sakhalin II oil and gas project in Russia’s Far East, said Tuesday it will demonstrate to Russian authorities during a minister’s visit to the region next week that it has tackled the environmental infringements […]

New York Times: Russia Threatening to Revoke Lukoil Licenses

By ANDREW E. KRAMER Published: October 17, 2006 MOSCOW, Oct. 16 — In a sign of continuing turmoil in the Russian oil industry, the government threatened on Monday to revoke oil field licenses held by the country’s largest private energy concern, Lukoil. The action affected 19 of 406 licenses owned by Lukoil, a company that […]

Daily Telegraph: Russia says ‘about-turn’ by Shell brings Sakhalin deal closer

By Russell Hotten (Filed: 17/10/2006) Royal Dutch Shell and the Russian government appear closer to resolving environmental issues that have held up the massive Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project. The news comes amid speculation that an agreement over the environmental problems will be followed soon by the state-controlled energy company, Gazprom, taking a stake in […]

Irish Independent: Protesters unreasonable, says minister

Published: Oct 17, 2006 SOME of the protesters opposing the Shell gas terminal and pipeline in Mayo made the likes of Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley look like very reasonable men, a minister insisted yesterday, writes Brian McDonald. The protesters who want Shell to process gas from the Corrib Field at sea had not moved […]

The Scotsman: Shell faces environmental battle over Sakhalin-2

By: Martin Flanagan City Editor, The Scotsman – United Kingdom Published: Oct 17, 2006 RUSSIA threatened the oil giant Shell with “absolutely any sanctions” as the row about alleged environmental violations at its Sakhalin-2 project rumbled on yesterday. The hardening of the Russian stance came as Shell chief executive Jeroen van der Veer said all […]

Irish Independent: Shell ‘offered to pay 15,000’ for support

Published: Oct 17, 2006 Oil giant rejects cash claim by ex-Army officer A FORMER army officer yesterday claimed Shell offered him 15,000 in return for his support for the construction of the controversial Corrib Gas pipeline and terminal. Ciaran O Murchu, who heads up the Colaiste Uisce Adventure Centre in Elly Bay, said he had […]

Reuters: Russia govt seeks prosecutors’ help in oil disputes

Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:24am ET MOSCOW, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Russia’s resources ministry will meet state prosecutors next month to discuss joint action in its campaign against ecological violations by international oil majors, it said on Tuesday. The General Prosecutor’s Office has become one of the most feared institutions among Russia’s investment community since […]

Reuters: Shell confident Sakhalin problems solved in a week

Tue Oct 17, 2006 5:36am ET   MOSCOW, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Tuesday it was confident of resolving all the environmental issues around its huge Russian Sakhalin-2 project within a week. Chris Finlayson, head of Shell in Russia, said the firm had already dealt with 97 […]

Financial Post – Canada: Russia probes oil firms: Government crackdown on big producers widens

Published: Oct 17, 2006 OAO Lukoil and OAO Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil companies, are being investigated by the Natural Resources Ministry, and state-controlled OAO Gazprom and others may follow, as the government extends a crackdown on oil producers. Lukoil may lose some licences for failure to develop fields, Oleg Mitvol, the deputy head of the […]

The Moscow Times: LUKoil License Probe Expands

Tuesday, October 17, 2006. Issue 3520. Page 5. Reuters The Natural Resources Ministry has asked the Federal Tax Service to provide information on 398 licenses held by LUKoil, the ministry said Monday. The request followed the ministry’s threat to withdraw 19 of the company’s licenses to develop oil fields in northern Russia due to violation […]

The Moscow Times: Foreign Investors Press State for Clarity

(Vladimir Filonov / MT Trutnev, pictured at the conference on Monday, appeared dissatisfied with Shell’s clean-up efforts in Sakhalin-2. ) Tuesday, October 17, 2006. Issue 3520. Page 1. By Miriam Elder Staff Writer     Foreign executives appealed to Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and senior economic officials for clarity and transparency Monday amid a major review […]

The Guardian: Shell’s environmental efforts fail to quell Russian threat

Terry Macalister Tuesday October 17, 2006 The Russian government tightened the pressure on Shell over the Sakhalin-2 gas project by warning that failure to sort out environmental problems would lead to “absolutely any sanctions”. The tough stance from the resources minister, Yuri Trutnev, came even though Shell’s chief executive, Jeroen van der Veer, said his […]

Itar-Tass: Court to consider watchdog’s appeal over Sakhalin-2 project

17.10.2006, 03.12   MOSCOW, October 17 (Itar-Tass) – Moscow’s Presnensky court on Tuesday will consider the action filed by the Rosprirodnadzor Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources against the Ministry of Natural Resources, demanding overturning of the Ministry’s instruction to endorse the feasibility study of the complex development of the Piltun-Astokhskoye and Lunskoye licensed […]

The Guardian: Friends of the Earth vs Shell

Bibi van der Zee Tuesday October 17, 2006 Campaign of the week The Shell sponsorship of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award – hosted by BBC Wildlife and the Natural History Museum (and handed out tomorrow night) – is causing a bit of a headache. According to Friends of the Earth, as one of […]

The Guardian: Shell’s charity rebuked by watchdog over Benn meeting (*more scandal relating to Shell Sakhalin)

· Foundation was out of line, says commission · Independence ‘must be clearly demonstrated’ Rob Evans and Terry Macalister Tuesday October 17, 2006 Shell’s efforts to improve its image as a socially responsible company have suffered a major blow after the charity it set up was rapped over the knuckles by the official watchdog. The […]

MarketWatch: Shell manager warned of Sakhalin faults in e-mails

Last Update: 9:40 PM ET Oct 16, 2006 (This article was originally published Monday.) LONDON (MarketWatch) — A Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB.LN) manager sent e-mails in 2002 expressing concern that the designs for oil and gas wells on Russia’s Sakhalin Island didn’t properly address seismic risks. The e-mails from Hans Bouman, a natural-gas field manager, […]