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Posts from ‘March, 2011’

Oil platform must be halted to save critically endangered whale

Posted on 31 March 2011 The Russian government must oppose the development of a proposed oil and gas platform off Russia’s Sakhalin Island because the project has not been subject to appropriate environmental risk assessments, according to an international coalition of leading NGOs. The coalition, which includes WWF, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Pacific Environment […]

Lifting the corporate veil

April 2011 Free Preview The oil industry is worried that new US corporate-transparency legislation will undermine the EITI and its strategy of good governance, Anthea Pitt reports from Paris AS THE Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) nears its 10th anniversary, the mechanism is unwittingly at the centre of a war of words over how best […]

Shell Obtains Permit to Drill in Deep-Water Gulf

By ISABEL ORDONEZ HOUSTON—U.S. regulators have granted approval for Royal Dutch Shell PLC to drill a new well in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico as part of the oil company’s recently approved exploration plan for the area. This marks the first time since last year’s Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that the government has approved plans […]

‘YOU CAN BE SURE OF SHELL’: The biggest confidence trick in history

By John Donovan Many people fondly remember the advertising slogan… “You can be Sure of Shell” The legendary crooner, Bing Crosby, sung the praises of Shell in the 1950′s. MICHAEL HOLIDAY VERSION httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IdhOXh_g7s Our research indicates that the slogan “YOU CAN BE SURE OF SHELL”… was first used in Great Britain by Shell in 1937 […]

BP executives may face jail for manslaughter over Gulf disaster

Tony Hayward faced a barrage of criticism when US politicians claimed that he stonewalled their questions last year By David Usborne in New York Wednesday, 30 March 2011 Managers of BP could face manslaughter charges when prosecutors in the United States finally conclude their criminal investigation into the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of […]

Don’t trust Shell

March 30, 2011 By Andreas Späth Shell wants us to believe that in exploring for and extracting natural gas from underground layers of shale in the Karoo using the polluting and extremely water-intensive technique of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, they have all of our best interests as well as those of the environment at heart. […]

Royal Dutch Shell Sells Refinery, Other Assets To Essar For $1.3B

MARCH 29, 2011 LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN) Tuesday announced it has signed a sales and purchase agreement for its 270,000 barrel-per-day Stanlow refinery in the U.K. and certain associated local marketing businesses with Essar Oil Ltd. for $1.3 billion. MAIN FACTS: -The proposed sale covers oil products, chemicals manufacturing and access rights […]

Enron was populated by a host of former Shell USA managers

POSTING BY AN OUTSPOKEN FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA Saw your article on Enron and Shell. FYI Enron was populated by a host of former Shell USA managers who were let go by Shell in the early 1990′s as part of Shell USA’s reorganization and downsizing program (Shell USA had finally managed to manage […]

Oil firms showcase giving ahead of Nigeria poll, but many blame them for environmental damage

JON GAMBRELL  Associated Press First Posted: March 27, 2011 – 10:49 am PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria — Posters show smiling students posing after receiving university scholarships. New roads appear on formerly potholed mud tracts. Millions of dollars are promised to improve the lives of the desperate poor. These campaigns by oil company Royal Dutch Shell PLC and […]

Shell muscles in on BP’s Russian deal

By Tom McGhie and Will Stewart 26 March 2011, 7:03pm BP is under intense pressure to settle the dispute with the four oligarch shareholders in its Russian joint venture that threatens the company’s future, after it emerged that rival Shell was holding talks with Kremlin-owned oil giant Rosneft about Arctic exploration. Rosneft’s powerful chairman and […]

Hogan grants Shell foreshore licence

The Irish Times – Saturday, March 26, 2011 LORNA SIGGINS, Marine Correspondent ONE OF the last outstanding consent applications for the Corrib gas project was completed yesterday when Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan granted a foreshore licence to Shell EP Ireland. The foreshore licence, which is subject to conditions, allows the lead developer to […]