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Posts from ‘August, 2010’

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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). read more

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shell’s Natural-Gas Find Off Norway Disappoints

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 […]

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, […]

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

Telegraph.co.uk 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 […]

Greenland sees oil as key to independence

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 […]

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 […]

Nigeria: Shell Not Exonerated Over Oil Spills

AllAfrica.com 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 […]

BP frozen out of Arctic oil drilling race

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Cosan, Shell sign binding deal on ethanol venture

REUTERS 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BP Is Bidding for Exploration Rights Near Greenland, Times Says

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shell proposes sea tunnel plan for Corrib pipeline

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 […]

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

treehugger 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 […]

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 […]

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

• 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Multi-million euro fine for Shell and BASF

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 […]

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.” By John Donovan Shell pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides The roll call of Shell toxic brands deadly to insects, crop pests and humans… Aldrin; Aldrin […]

Shell sells German Heide refinery to Klesch

REUTERS 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]