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Helicopter squeeze as oilmen grow too fat to fly

The Times (UK): Helicopter squeeze as oilmen grow too fat to fly

“The worst helicopter crash was in November 1986 when a Chinook carrying Shell workers plummeted into the sea off the coast of Shetland in stormy weather. Some 45 people were killed.”

Wednesday 31 August 2005

By David Lister, Scotland Correspondent

IT IS not quite time to start reinforcing rigs, but oil workers are becoming so fat that fewer will be allowed into the helicopters that take them out to their offshore platforms.

The image of oil workers as lean, hard-working “roughnecks” was dealt a blow yesterday after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed that it was issuing new passenger weight allocations for offshore helicopters.

Although most oil platforms now provide a range of healthy meals and some even offer aerobics classes, the CAA said that it had been forced to issue the new requirements after a survey found evidence of expanding offshore waistlines.

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Shell’s $1.1bn Nigeria pipeline nears finish

Daily Telegraph

Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian unit “is close to completing” a $1.1bn (£711m) pipeline that will transport 600,000 barrels of crude oil a day to its Bonny export terminal on the country’s Atlantic coast.

By Garry White, Questor Editor
Published: 5:45AM BST 31 Aug 2010

The 60-mile Nembe Creek pipe collects crude from 14 oil pumping stations and is part of a programme to replace old pipelines in the Niger River delta.

The Anglo-Dutch company said the pipeline was part of an ongoing programme to keep its facilities well-maintained in the Niger Delta, one of the world’s largest wetlands, where land and water have been polluted.

Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary works in partnership with the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. The pipeline replacement is part of its joint venture that includes local subsidiaries of French oil major Total and Italy’s Eni.

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Mobs Hindering Assessment of Nigerian Delta Oil Spills, UN Official Says

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By Paul Okolo – Aug 30, 2010 7:37 PM GMT+0100

Assessment of damage from crude spills in part of Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger River delta is being hindered by “angry mobs,” an official of the United Nations Environment Program said.

Work in the Gokana local government area, one of four councils where studies of the impact of the oil industry in the Nigerian region are being conducted, is “on hold,” Mike Cowing said at a meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan today in the capital, Abuja.

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Drilling Rules Shake-Up Puts New Regulator in Spotlight

The debate over when it will be safe to restart offshore drilling was also evident last week at a hearing of the presidential commission, as an executive of Royal Dutch Shell PLC sparred with a leader of the World Wildlife Fund over whether drilling off the coast of Alaska—where Shell has a stalled project—was safer or riskier than in the Gulf of Mexico.

Selfishness won’t pay off, says Shell

Daily Mail: Selfishness won’t pay off, says Shell

“Shell refused to comment on whether it is reviewing the role of its auditors, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The accountants may be targeted by the US law firm leading the class action suits against the embattled oil major.”

By Ruth Sunderland

30 August 04

EMBATTLED oil giant Shell is introducing a new bonus scheme next year to stamp out a selfish ‘me-first’ culture and encourage workers to devote themselves to the greater good of the company.

The group has come under fire for its lavish payouts to former bosses ousted in the wake of the reserves scandal that dragged it into unprecedented disgrace.

Sir Philip Watts received a £lm payoff and Dutchman Walter van de Vijver got £2.5m.

Boss Jeroen van der Veer said he hoped the new incentive plan would encourage staff to prioritise ‘enterprise first’ rather than ‘self first’.

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Deadly environmental contamination by Shell chemicals

The ‘pests’ won this ‘chemical war’, of course. That was pre-ordained by the biological laws of nature (natural selection, etc.). They adapted and became biologically resistant to the deadly chemicals. How about that. Darwin was correct. Who would have thought? Not Shell (or did they?).

Comment by a former employee of Shell Oil USA

I got to thinking about the Dr. Stangelove (Peter Sellers above) themed editorial recently published on this website…

“HOW I LEARNED TO QUIT WORRYING AND LOVE SHELL PESTICIDES”

And as strange as it may seem, the ‘fall out’ from Shell’s very nasty, long lived pesticides Dieldrin/Aldrin is as persistent and deadly as the radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons. Those pesticides poison everything, cause cancer, produce birth defects, etc., and can produce health problems many years after exposure. And pesticide laden dust from agricultural fields travels with the wind just like ‘radioactive fallout’.

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Shell says close to finishing new Nigeria pipeline

LAGOS | Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:52am EDT

LAGOS Aug 30 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) said on Monday its Nigerian joint venture was close to completing a new $1.1 billion pipeline to the Bonny export terminal which will have a capacity of 600,000 barrels per day (bpd).

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Protesters take Shell action to Dublin

The Irish Times – Monday, August 30, 2010

PAUL CULLEN

CAMPAIGNERS AGAINST the Corrib gas pipeline in Co Mayo yesterday raised a Shell flag at the Custom House in Dublin in an ironic re-enactment of an iconic second World War photograph.

The protesters recreated the raising of the US flag on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima to show that “the Shell takeover of Ireland is now complete”, they said. The group from Dublin Shell to Sea called on Minister for the Environment John Gormley, whose office is in the Custom House, to reject Shell’s application for a foreshore licence for the pipeline project.

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Risk-Taking Rises as Oil Rigs in Gulf Drill Deeper

By JAD MOUAWAD and BARRY MEIER

A version of this article appeared in print on August 30, 2010, on page A1 of the New York edition.

Mike Duhon/Royal Dutch Shell, via European Pressphoto Agency: Shell’s Perdido platform in the Gulf of Mexico will eventually pump oil from 35 wells.

In a remote reach of the Gulf of Mexico, nearly 200 miles from shore, a floating oil platform thrusts its tentacles deep into the ocean like a giant steel octopus.

The $3 billion rig, called Perdido, can pump oil from dozens of wells nearly two miles under the sea while simultaneously drilling new ones. It is part of a wave of ultra-deep platforms — all far more sophisticated than the rig that was used to drill the ill-fated BP well that blew up in April. These platforms have sprung up far from shore and have pushed the frontiers of technology in the gulf, a region that now accounts for a quarter of the nation’s oil output.

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Deadheads at Shell

A short time ago I learned that one of these moron drilling managers had made to a very high management level within Shell. What can I say, ‘Crap floats’.

Comment by a former employee of Shell USA

Many years ago I worked for Shell USA. I did exploration work mostly and for two different onshore divisions. In the mid-1980’s Shell was a non-operating partner with Hunt drilling in the central basin of Michigan. On one particular well a geo-pressured carbonate was pegged at 8000 feet. Big surprise. Reservoir pressure was about 8000 psi. We were expecting about 4500 psi. Needless to say the well blew out. The grossly underrated BOP’s didn’t have a chance of controlling the thing. Flung drill pipe all over the site. Luckily it was a gas well and it caught fire immediately. The flow rate was upwards of about 25 mmcfpd with an H2S content in excess of 30%. Nobody was killed. Don’t asked me how we lucked out. Maybe it was because Hunt was operating. We never did kill that well. It did burn with a pretty blue flame however. It roared like a high speed train and was throwing chunks of rock like a volcano. After a few weeks it finally bridged off naturally. Good thing because we had no idea how we were going to kill it. Too much open hole.

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Shell’s Natural-Gas Find Off Norway Disappoints

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Shell’s Gro Natural-Gas Find Off Norway Seen at Lower Range of Estimates

By Fred Pals and Marianne Stigset – // <![CDATA[// Aug 27, 2010 11:07 AM

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s deepwater appraisal well at the Gro natural-gas discovery indicated the find may be at the lower end of estimates, potentially denting plans for a new production hub in the Norwegian Sea.

“The reservoir quality is poorer than expected,” the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said today in a statement. “Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery in the lower range of the original resource estimates.”

The find at a depth of 1,300 meters (4,300 feet) was estimated to hold 10 billion to 100 billion cubic meters of gas. Norway, the world’s second-biggest gas exporter, is seeking to develop a center for production in the Norwegian Sea that also includes finds by Statoil ASA and Total SA. The country is seeking to raise gas production as North Sea oil fields are depleted after 40 years of production.

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Shell Testing New Waste Technology For Canada’s Oil Sands

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

AUGUST 26, 2010

By Edward Welsch Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

CALGARY (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) said Thursday it began a commercial demonstration of a new technology to reduce the waste pools created by Canada’s oil sands mining industry, and that it will make it freely available to competitors.

However, Shell executives said they are still uncertain whether the technology will meet a new directive set by the Alberta government to reduce the waste pools, called tailings ponds.

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So many warnings, so little action ahead of BP’s Deepwater disaster

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Why did no one call a stop to drilling at the Macondo oil well in the run up to the explosion on April 20? Is the answer simply that no one realised disaster was about to strike?

By Tracy Corrigan
Published: 6:00AM BST 27 Aug 2010

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20

Obviously, if anyone had known exactly what was about to happen, action would have been taken. But that is not the nature of such decisions. The fact is that there were numerous warning signs that all was not as it should be on the BP Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Testimonies this week at the joint investigation by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the US Coast Guard have revealed that plenty of people – employees of BP, Transocean and Halliburton – expressed safety concerns. Engineers made recommendations that might have prevented the disaster, had they been fully implemented. Instead, shortcuts were taken, danger signals ignored and concerns overridden.

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Greenland sees oil as key to independence

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By Andrew Ward in Stockholm and Sylvia Pfeifer in London

Several of the world’s biggest oil companies are vying for access to Greenland after a gas discovery this week raised expectations for offshore exploration around the Arctic island nation, in spite of environmental concerns over drilling in an area known as “iceberg alley”.

UK-based Royal Dutch Shell and Statoil of Norway are among those bidding for licences as the Greenland government seeks to cash in on what experts believe could be among the world’s largest untapped hydrocarbon reserves.

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Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian Delta operations at risk

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Ongoing political and social strife in Nigeria’s delta region continues to affect Royal Dutch Shell’s oil extraction efforts.

Royal Dutch Shell’s major concern remains the militant armed efforts of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, as MEND attacks over the last several years have repeatedly forced Shell to declare force majeure and suspend production.

Royal Dutch Shell’s latest problems stem from a protest by local women in the Niger Delta’s Warri South-West Local Government Area in Escravos demonstrating over the community being bypassed for development, forcing Shell Petroleum Development Co. to shut down its Otumara-Escravos flow station, the Daily Trust reported Thursday. Last week they blocked access to Chevron Corp.’s new Escravos/Warri natural gas pipeline in the area.

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Nigeria: Shell Not Exonerated Over Oil Spills

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Tina A. Hassan and Mahmud Lalo

26 August 2010

Jos — The Minister of Environment, Mr. John Odey, has described as untrue reports that Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has been exonerated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) over oil spillages in Ogoni land.

The minister said this in reaction to media reports that Shell has been cleared of oil spillage responsibility.

He made this clarification yesterday while declaring open the 3rd Task Force Meeting of the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adaptive Land Use (WASCAL) in Abuja.

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BP frozen out of Arctic oil drilling race

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British energy giant BP forced to abandon hopes of Greenland exploration owing to tarnished reputation from Gulf oil spill

Thursday 26 August 2010

BP confirmed it was no longer trying to win an exploration licence in Greenland (above). Photograph: John McConnico/AP

BP has been forced to abandon hopes of drilling in the Arctic, currently the centre of a new oil rush, owing to its tarnished reputation after the Gulf of Mexico spill.

The company confirmed tonight that it was no longer trying to win an exploration licence in Greenland, despite earlier reports of its interest. “We are not participating in the bid round,” said a spokesman at BP’s London headquarters, who declined to discuss its reasons for the reverse.

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Shell Moves Sakhalin LNG Manager to Australia to Lead $20 Billion Project

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By James Paton – Aug 26, 2010 4:48 AM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc has brought the former manager of Sakhalin-2, Russia’s first liquefied natural gas project, to Australia to oversee development of a proposed venture that may cost more than $20 billion.

Shell, OAO Gazprom’s partner in the $22 billion Russian project, assigned Hilary Mercer to the Queensland venture, Ann Pickard, chairman of the company’s Australian unit, said in an interview. Shell and PetroChina Co. this week completed the purchase of Arrow Energy Ltd., gaining gas for an LNG venture that may produce 16 million metric tons of fuel a year.

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Dry Hole at Shell’s Gro Prospect Would Hinder Gas-Hub Efforts, Norway Says

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By Marianne Stigset – Aug 25, 2010 4:01 PM GMT+0100

A dry appraisal well at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Gro discovery in the Norwegian Sea would be a blow to efforts to develop a hub for natural gas production, the country’s Petroleum Directorate said.

Newspaper Upstream reported today that a Shell appraisal well at Gro was “virtually dry,” citing an unidentified person in the industry. The result means the volume estimate of 10 billion to 100 billion cubic meters of gas is expected to remain unchanged, Upstream said.

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Shell Pushes To Drill In Arctic, Faces Spill-Response Questions

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

AUGUST 25, 2010

By Siobhan Hughes Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–A Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) executive told a commission investigating the BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) oil spill Wednesday that drilling off the coast of Alaska was safer than deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. He then faced challenges from a fellow panelist who said responding to a spill in Arctic waters would be much harder.

“It is adequate to proceed,” Joe Leimkuhler, an offshore well delivery manager for Shell Exploration and Production, told the National Commission on the BP-Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Shell repeatedly has said it plans to drill in 150 feet of water, not the mile-foot depths BP was exploring. “In the Arctic the operating environment is indeed fundamentally different,” he said. He added that Shell plans to have “a flotilla of vessels” accompany drilling ships in the Arctic.

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Cosan, Shell sign binding deal on ethanol venture

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SAO PAULO | Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:59am EDT

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell and Brazilian sugar and ethanol giant Cosan signed on Wednesday a binding agreement to create a global ethanol business, looking to benefit from growing demand for biofuels.

The joint venture, with estimated annual sales of $21 billion, was modified since its initial announcement in February to include all of Cosan’s energy generation business and 500 million reais ($283.6 million) in debt owed to Brazilian development bank BNDES.

Cosan, the world’s largest sugar and ethanol producer, also said in a securities filing that the initial accord was changed to make the venture a global biofuels provider. As a result of that, Cosan and Shell are barred from competing with the new entity.

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Ripples from Gulf of Mexico oil spill reach Holland

The Inspector General will also be aware of cost issues bearing in mind deteriorating income from North Sea Platforms and may be concerned that his former employer will return to its notorious “Touch F*** All” safety culture on its remaining platforms, including senior management approved falsification of safety records.

By John Donovan

As a result of the BP/Transocean disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, J.W. de Jong, M. Eng., the Inspector General of the Dutch government authority responsible for mining activities, including oil and gas exploration and production, has sent a notification with a deadline to all oil companies, including his former employer, Royal Dutch Shell.

It requires them to inform him by 2nd September on how they will deal with a worst case scenario and what measures they have to avoid this. He refers in the notification to the BP oil spill and wants to know what the oil industry has learnt from the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

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Legality of Shell pipe disputed

The Irish Times – Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Shell gas refinery building site at Ballinaboy in north Co Mayo. A resumed Bord Pleanála hearing is considering Shell’s third proposed route for the final section of the Corrib gas pipeline, linking the offshore pipe landfall at Glengad to the gas terminal at Ballinaboy. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent, in Belmullet

A DISPUTE over the legality of a section of Shell’s Corrib gas pipeline which has already been laid dominated a resumed Bord Pleanála oral hearing in north Mayo yesterday.

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BP Is Bidding for Exploration Rights Near Greenland, Times Says

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By Alan Purkiss – Aug 25, 2010 6:36 AM GMT+0100

BP Plc is one of 12 companies bidding for the right to explore for oil in deep water off western Greenland, the London-based Times reported, without saying where it got the information.

Greenland will probably name the winners of as many as 14 exploration blocks, covering the northern part of Baffin Bay, within the Arctic Circle, within weeks, the newspaper said, adding that the area is considered to be one of the world’s most fragile environments

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Corrib pipeline protestors: uninformed ignorance bordering on paranoia

By a former employee of Shell Oil USA

John,

As you know, I am not fond of the way Shell normally operates, but in some ways I find the arguments over the safety of the proposed Corrib pipeline to be based on uninformed ignorance and border upon silly paranoia.

I can understand the heated arguments about resource development policy, licensing royalties, taxes, the route of the pipeline, etc. Nobody wants one in their back yard. And there are very legitimate concerns about environmental disturbances. All of those debates are worth engaging in.

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Oil companies warned on North Sea accidents

MESSAGE FROM BILL CAMPBELL, RETIRED GROUP HSE AUDITOR, SHELL INTERNATIONAL

John

You may be interested in this, things are not getting better offshore and the figs for 2009/10 exclude the helicopter incident.

What should concerns offshore workers is that for example the operators or installations who are having the increase in gas releases are not highlighted in the HSE report.  It appears a fundamental weakness that you can find out how your local hospital is performing but not how the installation your friends or family are employed on is performing.  Despite pressure to provide specific data the HSE still produces general data masking from public scrutiny the worst offenders.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2010/hse-offshorestats.htm

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Shell proposes sea tunnel plan for Corrib pipeline

Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

The bitter battle over the 3bn euro Corrib gas discovery resumes today, now hingeing on a new plan to build a giant underwater tunnel to bring the fuel ashore.

The alternative route for the pipeline will be outlined at an An Bord Pleanala oral hearing, 10 years after the planning battle began.

The planning authority ordered Shell E&P Ltd to redesign the pipeline for a third time and move it away from homes, ruling that it posed an “unacceptable risk”.

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Royal Dutch Shell Exonerated By UN Report, Bought and Paid For By Shell

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by Daniel Kessler 08.23.10

While the Gulf Coast is just learning about the horrible impacts from oil drilling, the residents of Niger delta have completed a masterclass. For decades, the region has been beset by environmental devastation at the hands of Royal Dutch Shell, which has been harvesting crude oil in the delta while spilling untold amounts. But now a three-year investigation by the United Nations, funded by Shell, has almost entirely exonerated the oil giant from any wrong doing.

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Ogoni Will Reject UNEP Assessment Report

By Ogoni Activist Ben Ikari

Ogonis will reject any aspect of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) report, which may conclude that the nationality is responsible for more than 90% of oil spills it’s assessed. This warning is coming before the planned report due for publication about December is erroneously celebrated.

And it’s a serious warning. Therefore the world should take note before UNEP’s coordinator, Mike Cowing conspires with $hell Oil and the Federal government of Nigeria (who are in joint-venture business and sponsoring this assessment) to dent Ogoni for whatever prize he may be given.

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Outrage at UN decision to exonerate Shell for oil pollution in Niger delta

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• Oil giant blamed for 10% of 9m barrels leaked in 40 years
• Report claims rest of leaking oil caused by saboteurs

Sunday 22 August 2010 18.36 BST

John Vidal, environment editor

Oil pipelines in Okrika, near Port Harcourt. The UNEP denies it has been influenced by Shell, which paid for its $10m, three-year study. Photograph: Ed Kashi

A three-year investigation by the United Nations will almost entirely exonerate Royal Dutch Shell for 40 years of oil pollution in the Niger delta, causing outrage among communities who have long campaigned to force the multinational to clean up its spills and pay compensation.

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Brazil Court Fines Shell, Basf for Making Workers Sick

The plant was built in 1977 by Shell… Dozens of former employees of the plant have been diagnosed with prostate, thyroid and other types of cancer, circulatory, liver and intestinal illnesses, as well as infertility and sexual impotence, the statement added.

Caracas, Saturday August 21,2010

SAO PAULO – A Brazilian court has ordered the local units of Basf SE and Royal Dutch Shell Plc to pay 1.1 billion reais ($628 million) to cover the cost of medical treatment and compensation for former workers made ill by toxic substances.

The sentence, which can be appealed, was handed down by Judge Maria Ines Correa de Cerqueira Cesar of the labor court in Paulinia, Sao Paulo state, where a pesticide plant operated between 1977-2002.

The judge ordered the companies to pay the cost of medical treatment for all of plant’s former workers, as well as for the children of employees or contractors who were born during or after the time their parents worked at the factory.

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Brazil Court Fines Shell, BASF $654M For Toxic Leaks- Report

BASF said the ruling was “absurd,” as the contamination was “caused and acknowledged by Shell,” according to the report.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

AUGUST 21, 2010

A Brazilian court has fined the local units of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) and BASF SE (BASFY, BAS.XE) a total of BRL1.1 billion ($654 million) in compensation and medical costs to workers who were harmed by contamination at an agricultural chemicals plant in Paulinia, Sao Paulo, the O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper reported on Saturday.

Studies in the area around the Paulinia unit showed the presence of heavy metals in soil and subterranean water, according to Estado.

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Twister BV warns Shell of false Corrib Gas Project evidence

Below is another leaked email supplied to John Donovan by the *Celtic Tiger 5. It relates to the ill-fated Shell Corrib Gas Project in Ireland which, for over 5 years, has been beset by serious protests by the local population. Some protesters, including Maura Harrington (right), have been jailed for standing up to Shell and its hired security guards (thugs).

The email was sent to Shell by the Hugh Epsom, the Sales Director of Twister BV, which offers advanced process solutions and associated services based around its supersonic gas processing technology for gas treatment to the Oil & Gas Industry worldwide.

Mr Epsom said that he was “extremely worried” about factually incorrect information (which may have found its way into a witness statement) that could have a negative impact of Shell’s reputation.

We are trying to obtain a date for the leaked email, the content of which is likely to be embarrassing and possibly incriminating  for Shell.

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Shell Pesticide Revelations

Shell knew early on what a potential long term and persistent environmental and health menace these pesticides were. Yet they kept producing them and moving production to new locations even as one country after another banned their use. This is a very ugly story of corporate greed and utter contempt for the welfare of their employees and the consuming public in general.

Comments from a former employee of Shell Oil USA on the article…

Roll call of Shell toxic brands deadly to insects, crop pests AND humans

These are my thoughts and observations about your revelations so far.

I found out that Shell has a fairly large petrochemical complex at Pernis, in the Netherlands. I also found out they mfg’d the ‘drins’ at this location for a long time. I am going to guess that Shell’s long term medical study was conducted on plant workers who were exposed to the ‘drins’ as part of their normal work duties. I am also going to guess these workers had no idea how toxic the ‘drins’ could be, or how potentially carcinogenic, or the kind of nervous system damage they could suffer. It would be interesting to find out how Shell conducted their ‘long term study’, and whether they did follow up studies after an employee left the company. They could have also done a study of the workers at the Rocky Mtn. Arsenal plant as well and kept the results secret.

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Shell, Basf Ordered to Pay $354 Million in Brazil Plant Contamination Case

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By Laura Price – Aug 20, 2010 1:18 PM GMT+0100

The Brazilian units of Basf SE and Royal Dutch Shell Plc. were fined a total of 622 million reais ($354 million) after former workers suffered health problems because of contamination at a plant in Paulinia, Sao Paulo state, from the 1970s to 2002.

Basf SA and Shell do Brasil will also have to pay 64,500 reais in damages to each former worker and any children born during or after their service at the plant, according to an e- mailed statement from the Paulinia Labor Court yesterday. The payments cover medical treatment, exams and individual damages.

Shell and Basf have five days, starting yesterday, to publish a statement on the decision on Brazil’s two largest television networks, according to the court. Former workers at the Paulinia plant then have 90 days to present health documents. Basf plans to appeal the decision, according to a spokeswoman.

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Multi-million euro fine for Shell and BASF

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Published on 20 August 2010 – 12:30pm

A Brazilian court has ordered Shell Brasil and international chemical giant BASF to pay a total of 490 million euros in fines and damages in connection with the exposure of workers at a Sao Paulo factory to toxic substances, Brazilian media report.

Workers suffered health problems including high blood pressure and cancer. The factory, founded by Shell in 1977 and later taken over by BASF, was closed down in 2002.

The court ruled that both companies should help pay for the treatment of the physical and mental health problems suffered by the workers and their families. Over 1000 plaintiffs are expected to benefit from the verdict, which covers treatment of the workers’ children born during or after their period of employment at the factory.

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Roll call of Shell toxic brands deadly to insects, crop pests AND humans

“Note the admission that Shell employees at a drins’ production plant were used as guinea pigs in a related study of carcinogenic properties carried out by the Royal Dutch Group.”

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 23.35.36By John Donovan

Shell pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides

The roll call of Shell toxic brands deadly to insects, crop pests and humans…

Aldrin; Aldrin Soil Pest Killer; Ant Doom; Bidrin; Coppicide; DDT; DDT Dust; Derris Dust; Dieldrin; Dieldrin Garden Pest Killer; Endrin; Heptachlor; Koto; Netelex; Phosdrin; Pillakiller; Proponex; Shell Liquid Derris; Shell Tomato-Set; Shell Weedkill for Lawns; Shelltox; Slug Doom; Slug Kill; Sulficide; Telodrin; Universal DNC Fruit Tree Wash; Vapona

The following extracts are from “A HISTORY OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL” Volume 2: a four volume history authored by a team of four historians associated with Utrecht University who were commissioned (paid) by Shell to write a full-length history of the company from 1890 until 2007. For this purpose, the team were given unrestricted access to Royal Dutch Shell’s archives.

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Shell sells German Heide refinery to Klesch

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LONDON | Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:27am EDT

Aug 20 (Reuters) – UK private equity fund Klesch & Co said on Friday it had agreed to buy the Heide refinery from Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L).

The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close before the end of the year, the statement said.

The German refinery can process 4.5 million tonnes of crude per year. (Reporting by Ikuko Kurahone and Pratima Desai)

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BG in spotlight as Shell circles 356.9p

By Geoff Foster
20th August 2010

Spotlight: Oil giant BG Group has always been rumoured to be at the top of Royal Dutch Shell’s shopping list

It would certainly make dealers’ eyes water and be one of the biggest ever deals in UK corporate history: a £54billion, or £16 a share, cash bid by Royal Dutch Shell (49p down at 1740p) for BG Group, the oil and gas exploration division that used to be part of British Gas.

That was the rumour doing the rounds yesterday following an interesting interview down under.

Ann Pickard, Shell Australia’s executive vice president, revealed that Europe’s largest oil company plans to spend up to £32billion in Australia over the next ten years as it concentrates more on gas production.

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HOW I LEARNED TO QUIT WORRYING AND LOVE SHELL PESTICIDES

And then came the the Dieldrin/Aldrin pesticide revelations a decade later. OOPS. As it happened to be 99+% of all Americans had measurable amounts of Shell’s favorite (and very carcinogenic) pesticide in their bodies. As it happened to be, America was being poisoned, slowly but surely.

By a former employee of Shell Oil USA

When I was a kid a movie came out that was one of Stanley Kubrick and Peter Sellers best pieces of work. It is called: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

This movie is a dark satire about a crazed American Air Force General (played by Sterling Hayden) that goes looney tunes and launches a nuclear B-52 bomber strike against Russia. This nutcase General is obsessed with what he believes to be poisoning of America by the Commies through the addition of fluorine to drinking water. The fluorine is poisoning our ‘precious bodily fluids’. Slowly, but surely. Of course, everybody knows he is a nutcase and the Commies weren’t poisoning America. The movie ends in nuclear Armageddon. Sellers had a number of roles, including one as an ex-Nazi nutcase scientist.

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Shell Corrib pipeline documentary an International hit

The award winning documentary “The Pipe” has become an International hit and will be screened at the Toronto Film Festival and also at the London Film Festival. Dates will be announced.

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Shell pipeline documentary becomes an international hit

By Adelina Campos

Thursday August 19 2010

AN award-winning Irish documentary about the controversial Corrib gas pipeline has struck a chord with the international community after it was picked for screening at two prestigious international film festivals.

The Pipe follows the lives of fishermen and farmers from Rossport, Co Mayo, who rise up against Shell Oil’s plans to build a pipeline for natural gas through their county.

Both the Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival will be showing the film which received a standing ovation when it premiered at the 22nd Galway Film Fleadh.

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End Mayo Gas Robbery

COMMENT ON THE CORRIB GAS PROJECT IN IRELAND BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA.

I don’t quite understand the ‘in your face’ attitude of Shell towards the Irish. I know that there is a bit of history between the Irish and the British, and as a consequence one would think Shell, being an Anglo/Dutch company, would be a little bit more diplomatic. Instead they seem to have treated the Irish like just another third world country. They corrupt the government, try to steal the resources, pay no taxes, and treat the people like crap. Shell is making no friends amongst the Irish and I suppose they don’t care as long as they can manipulate (buy off?) the government.

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Essar Energy Still In Talks With Shell To Buy Europe Refineries

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

AUGUST 19, 2010

LONDON (Dow Jones)–India’s Essar Energy PLC (ESSR.LN) is still in talks with oil major Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) to buy refineries in Europe, Essar’s vice chairman Prashant Ruia said Thursday.

“Our discussions with Shell are still very much on,” Ruia told reporters on a conference call.

Shell entered talks with Essar over the sale of the three refineries–Stanlow in the U.K. and the Heide and Harburg refineries in Germany–late last year.

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Shell to Invest in Australia as Gas Tops Oil in Drive for Cleaner Energy

Bloomberg

By James Paton – Aug 19, 2010 8:44 AM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to spend as much as $50 billion in Australia over the next decade, more than in any other region, as Europe’s largest oil company continues a shift to gas production.

“The stars have aligned for Australia” because of improving technologies and increasing demand in Asia for cleaner-burning fuel, Ann Pickard, Shell Australia’s chairman and executive vice president for exploration and production, said in an interview in Brisbane today.

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Halliburton gets letter of intent for Iraq oil

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The Associated Press August 18, 2010, 5:32PM ET

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Halliburton Co. said on Wednesday that it has gotten a letter of intent from Shell Iraq Petroleum Development BV that would make Halliburton the project manager for developing the Majnoon field in southern Iraq.

Halliburton said it wold be working with Nabors Drilling and the Iraq Drilling Company. The contract needs final approval by Iraqi authorities, Halliburton said.

Iraq reached a deal with Shell in January to develop the mammoth oil field, along with partner Petronas, Malaysia’s state-run oil company. Shell and Petronas plan to raise production in the field from the current 45,900 barrels per day to 1.8 million barrels per day over 10 years.

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Credit Card Skimmers Found at SoCal Shell Station

Three skimmers were found at the Shell Station in Laguna Beach.
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KTLA News

1:51 PM PDT, August 18, 2010

Shell Station at 1342 N. Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach (KTLA-TV / August 18, 2010)

LAGUNA BEACH — Police are warning customers after three credit card skimming machines were found at a Shell Station in Laguna Beach.

The first card scanner was found on July 23 at the Shell Station located at1342 N. Coast Hwy, according to Sgt. Louise Callus. Two more were discovered in recent weeks.

“At this point, we have only had 11 people tell Shell that they had used that particular pump but we only have one victim that has had the credit card compromised,” Callus said.

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Bligh marks Arrow takeover

The Sydney Morning Herald

August 19, 2010 – 11:09AM

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A ceremony in Queensland has marked the takeover of coal seam gas company Arrow Energy Ltd by international oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and PetroChina Co Ltd.

Premier Anna Bligh said the $3.5 billion takeover of Arrow brought together Shell’s knowledge in liquefied natural gas (LNG) and China’s energy market.

Ms Bligh said the deal would see the company owned by Shell and Petrochina, CS CSG (Australia) Pty Ltd, accelerate delivery of the proposed Curtis Island LNG facility, which could process up to 16 million tonnes of LNG per year.

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Shell’s Irish Navy task force protecting Corrib Gas Project

The extent of the Naval Service’s activities during the security operation against protesters opposed to Shell’s Corrib gas pipeline in Co Mayo is also revealed, with five of the Navy’s ships on patrol in Broadhaven Bay for a total of 37 days.

The Irish Times – Wednesday, August 18, 2010

One-fifth of Defence Forces served overseas last year

CONOR LALLY

ALMOST ONE in five members of the Defence Forces served on overseas missions last year, according to the joint annual report of the Defence Forces and Department of Defence.

The figure is believed to be the highest ever.

The UN’s peace enforcement mission in Chad accounted for the highest number of troop deployments, reaching 450 during each of three rotations. Nato’s mission in Kosovo played host to an Irish deployment numbering almost 220 at a time.

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Corrib protest group will complain to Minister Gormley about boreholing in bay

The Mayo News

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

By: Áine Ryan

AS YET another oral hearing into the controversial Corrib gas project is due to open in Belmullet next week (Tuesday, August 24), community activists have said the project ‘will still have to be forced through’.

In recent weeks they have continued to show their concerns, with the latest protests bringing them to Sruwaddacon Bay. Schools of dolphins have been photographed jumping high out of the waters nearby in Broadhaven Bay over recent days, it has emerged.

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Cairn Energy’s $8.5 billion Mid-Life Crisis

Cairn bought the exploration licenses in Rajasthan from Royal Dutch Shell, who believed the properties contained no oil, in 1997 for just $7 million.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

By James Herron

Instead of settling into the respectable middle tier of global oil producers as its major oil discoveries in Rajasthan, India, gradually come onstream, the U.K.-listed Cairn Energy has decided to do the oil industry equivalent of selling the Volvo, buying a Harley and cruising off into the sunset.

Cairn Energy will sell the bulk of its stake in Cairn India, which owns and operates the Rajasthan fields, to metals and mining company Vedanta Resources. Cairn Chief Executive Sir Bill Gammell leaves behind dreary subjects like pipeline maintenance and enhanced oil recovery and will instead focus his company’s resources on the exciting business of exploring for new fields.

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