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Shell sees future in unconventional gas

Published: June 30, 2011 at 9:44 AM LONDON, June 30 (UPI) — A so-called revolution in gas supplies driven in part by shale-gas reserves will allay global energy security concerns, a Shell official said in London. Malcolm Brinded, executive director of global upstream activity at Royal Dutch Shell, told delegates at an energy summit in […]

AP Interview: Shell president optimistic on Arctic

By DAN JOLING, Associated Press – 29 June 2011 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Shell Oil President Marvin Odum has faith that his company can develop vast reserves in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast. But he’d like to get on with exploratory drilling to tap into a resource that could be crucial to meeting […]

Lawmakers Seek Inquiry of Natural Gas Industry

A version of this article appeared in print on June 29, 2011, on page A12 of the New York edition Photo Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press Representative Maurice D. Hinchey (right) wants S.E.C. action. WASHINGTON — Federal lawmakers called Tuesday on several agencies, including the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, the Energy Information Administration and […]

Evidence Shell is prepared to settle litigation on moral grounds

By John Donovan As we are approaching the 20th anniversary of our spectacular falling out with Shell, involving Six High Court cases, a County Court action and unsuccessful proceedings issued by Shell via The World Intellectual Property Organisation, I have been looking at some of the past correspondence in connection with articles we intend to […]

S.E.C. rule changes on estimated reserves: ‘Welcome back to Alice in Wonderland’

In 2004, the oil and gas industry faced one of its most embarrassing scandals. After whistle-blowers reported concerns about the size of Royal Dutch/Shell’s reserves, the company surprised investors by slashing reserve estimates. “I am becoming sick and tired about lying,” Walter van de Vijver, a senior executive at Royal Dutch/Shell, wrote in a November […]

Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush

By IAN URBINA : A version of this article appeared in print on June 26, 2011, on page A1 of the New York edition Natural gas companies have been placing enormous bets on the wells they are drilling, saying they will deliver big profits and provide a vast new source of energy for the United […]

Is Arctic drilling safe? Scientists aren’t sure

June 24, 2011 Escalating oil prices and diminishing supplies around the world are focusing more attention than ever on the vast petroleum reserves under the Arctic seabed, and in the relatively pristine shoreline areas of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.The Obama administration is moving to speed up drilling where possible, […]

Shell Gets $876 Million for Canadian Carbon Capture Project

By Ehren Goossens and Jeremy van Loon – Jun 24, 2011 9:46 PM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will receive C$865 million ($876 million) from the governments of Alberta and Canada to fund a carbon capture and storage project. Shell and its partners will receive the money over 15 years, based on meeting certain […]

Shell accused of supporting Syrian regime

By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 10:05 AM on 31st May 2011 Royal Dutch Shell has been accused of working ‘hand in glove’ with the government in Syria where hundreds of unarmed demonstrators have been killed during protests against the regime. The firm chartered a tanker to export almost 600,000 barrels of the country’s […]

No Arctic science ‘silver bullet’

Patti Epler | Jun 23, 2011 A long-awaited federal report released Thursday points to numerous holes in scientific knowledge about the Arctic that could shed important light on how oil and gas development would affect the area. Now, the question is: what will anyone do with it? The 272-page document will undoubtedly end up in […]

Shell and the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa

From pages 15 & 16 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010 The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011. Ken Saro-Wiwa (10 October 1941 – 10 November 1995) was a well […]

Icebreaker for Shell’s oil-spill response fleet needs Inupiaq name

JUNE 22, 2011 By Alex DeMarban A lucky student from the North Slope Borough School District will name the new commercial icebreaker that Shell Oil will lease as part of its oil-spill response fleet in the Arctic Ocean. The 360-foot-long, low-emission ship, under construction in Louisiana by Edison Chouest Offshore, is scheduled to launch late […]

East Timor Wants Shell Excluded From Sunrise Development Talks

JUNE 22, 2011 SYDNEY (Dow Jones)–East Timor is calling for Royal Dutch Shell PLC. (RDSB.LN) to be excluded from discussions about the development of the Greater Sunrise gas field, claiming its promotion of floating liquefied natural gas technology represents a conflict of interest. East Timor has consistently opposed the use of a floating LNG vessel […]

House Votes to Streamline Clean-Air Permits for Oil-Drilling Projects

JUNE 22, 2011 By TENNILLE TRACY WASHINGTON—The House voted Wednesday to streamline the issuance of clean-air permits for offshore oil-drilling projects, representing another attempt by Republicans to pressure the Obama administration into speeding up domestic oil production. The bill passed Wednesday night by a vote of 253-166, with votes falling largely along party lines. A […]

Who’s Got the Guts for Activism?

Can you imagine sneaking into a Shell shareholder meeting and presenting the company’s CEO with a dead fish trophy? Last month, my colleague at ForestEthics, Karen, did it. She looked Shell’s CEO Peter Voser straight in the eye and gave him a dead fish award. Karen is working so hard to protect the Sacred Headwaters […]

House to vote on speeding up Arctic permitting

By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON | Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:54pm EDT (Reuters) – The House of Representatives began debating legislation on Wednesday that would speed up approvals for drilling in the Arctic while removing regulatory hurdles that have stymied development of the area’s vast oil and gas resources. The bill, which could sail through the […]

Benzene Contamination Fears in Roxana Illinois

Maria Keena June 22, 2011 1:54 AM ROXANA, IL (KMOX) – Twenty-five years later, the Village of Roxana Illinois is being tested for known Benzene contamination. In 19-86 nearly nine-thousand gallons of Benzene leaked into the ground from a Shell Refinery pipeline. Connoco Phillips now runs the refinery, but Shell is still assuming the responsibility. Last […]

Shell Boosts UK Retail Presence

LONDON, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Shell U.K. Limited today agreed to acquire 254 petrol retail sites in the UK from Rontec Investments LLP (the Snax 24 Consortium) for a total cash consideration of around $400million (£240million), bringing competitively priced quality fuels to more customers across the UK. “The deal with the Snax 24 Consortium […]

Banana labourers sue Shell over pesticide harm

FROM PAGE 23 OF THE I NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED 20 JUNE 2011 By Cahal Milmo Chief Reporter Banana labourers in Latin America who claim they were left infertile and crippled by exposure to a dangerous pesticide have filed lawsuits against their former employers and chemical manufacturers, including the British-Dutch oil giant Shell. In the latest step […]

Shell UK sentenced over Norfolk gas blast

The damage caused to Bacton Gas Terminal by the explosion 20 June 2011 Energy giant Shell UK Limited has been ordered by Ipswich Crown Court to pay a total of £1.24million in fines and costs over the explosion and fire at its Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk in 2008. Experts from the Health and Safety […]

British court fines Shell UK 1.2 million pounds ($2M) over blast in 2008 at coastal terminal

Judge Martin Binning said Monday that workers had warned Shell many times about dangerous conditions at the plant in Bacton, on the Norfolk coast 125 miles (200 km) northeast of London. By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, June 20, 3:31 PM LONDON — A British court has fined Shell UK 1.24 million pounds ($2 million) for safety and […]

Shell ordered to pay $2 million for UK gas fire

LONDON | Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:25pm EDT (Reuters) – A British court ordered Royal Dutch Shell’s UK unit to pay 1.242 million pounds ($2 million) in fines and legal costs for a fire at its Bacton gas terminal in 2008 which cut more than a tenth of UK gas supply. A leak of highly […]

Gas terminal blast: Shell fined £1m plus £240,000 costs

The court heard the company ignored warnings from staff before the explosion 20 June 2011 Shell UK has been fined £1m plus £240,000 costs after an explosion at a gas terminal in Norfolk in 2008. The company admitted seven safety and pollution offences following the explosion and fire at the Bacton terminal. Ipswich Crown Court […]

Shell sponsored conflict and corruption in Nigeria

From pages 12, 13, 14 & 15 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010 The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011. SHELL IN NIGERIA Shell assesses its contribution to conflict With […]

Royal Dutch Shell Signs Pact With CNPC For A Well Manufacturing JV

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN) and China National Petroleum Company or CNPC, announced Monday a Global Alliance agreement emphasizing their shared intent to pursue mutually beneficial cooperation opportunities internationally as well as in China. MAIN FACTS: -The two parties also signed a Shareholders agreement to establish a Well Manufacturing joint venture (50% CNPC […]

Shell and Gazprom Neft to Implement Joint Projects

Monday, June 20, 2011 The Chairman of Gazprom Neft Management Committee Alexander Dyukov and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell plc. Peter Voser have today signed Heads of Agreement between OAO Gazprom Neft and Shell Exploration Company (RF) B.V. The signing took place at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. Under the agreement, the […]

Shell close to working in arctic waters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 17 (UPI) — Shell sees a “clear path” to getting approval to drill in arctic waters off the coast of Alaska as early as July, an executive said. Warming trends have resulted in less sea ice in arctic waters and exposed areas believed to hold vast reserves of oil and natural gas. […]

Benzene Leukemia Personal Injury Case Filed Against Shell and BP

The Dysart Law Firm Announces Benzene Leukemia Personal Injury Case Filed Against Shell Oil Company and BP Products North America Over Benzene Pollution Roxana, IL On June 16, 2011, Scott Monroe, a 20 year old resident of Roxana, Illinois filed a leukemia personal injury lawsuit in the Circuit Court, Third Judicial Circuit, Madison County, Illinois, […]

Alleged destruction of agricultural lands with tar sands waste in northern Alberta by Shell and others

Not all tar sands waste ends up in tailings ponds. As described in the attached paper – in Alberta it is spread on arable land. This practise is actually encouraged by the Alberta Government agencies and regulations.

Feds shake up offshore energy inspections

Feds shake up offshore energy inspections; will send teams of inspectors instead of single auditors Ocean agency’s hiring enables it to alter offshore evaluation process By JENNIFER A. DLOUHY HOUSTON CHRONICLE June 13, 2011, 10:37PM WASHINGTON — Government inspections of thousands of offshore oil and gas facilities now will involve teams of federal workers rather […]

Gazprom Seeks LNG Deals Abroad That May Involve Asset Swaps

By Anna Shiryaevskaya and Caroline Connan – Jun 16, 2011 5:53 PM GMT+0100 OAO Gazprom, Russia’s gas export monopoly, is seeking liquefied natural-gas deals outside of Russia that may involve asset swaps. “We are looking at new projects,” Deputy Chief Executive Officer Alexander Medvedev said today in an interview at the St. Petersburg International Economic […]

Shell ‘ignored safety warnings’ before Bacton explosion

16 June 2011 Shell UK ignored safety warnings from staff before an explosion at a gas terminal in 2008, a court has heard. The company has admitted seven safety and pollution offences following the explosion and fire at the Bacton terminal in Norfolk. Shell UK was back at Norwich Crown Court on Thursday for a […]

Donovan email correspondence with Shell ending 16 June 2011

EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE WITH SHELL CONCLUDING ON 16 JUNE 2011 It is our normal practice to publish our email correspondence with Shell. In this instance, for legal reasons, we will provide a record of recent emails, but mainly in an abridged form. They mostly concern allegations of a sexual nature relating to a senior Shell executive. […]

Shell Says Australia Must Move on Climate With ‘Clock Ticking’

By James Paton – Jun 15, 2011 10:30 AM GMT+0100 Australia should introduce a cap- and-trade system to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and act “earlier rather than later” to tackle climate change, Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) said. “The clock is ticking,” Ann Pickard, chairman of Shell’s operations in Australia, said today in a speech in […]

Motiva refutes assertion of sole-source supply for Port Arthur refinery

Jill Davis, Media, Issues and Crisis Manager for Shell Oil Company has confirmed the authenticity of this Motiva Statement – June 14, 2011 A Dow Jones Newswire article published Friday, June 10, 2011 (below), discussed the future source of crude oil supplies for Motiva Enterprise’s Port Arthur, Texas, facility.  The article referenced a source who […]

Shell primitive gas flaring in Nigeria

From pages 10, 11 & 12 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010 The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011. The gas flares of Nigeria Below the surface, crude oil is […]

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Motiva Port Arthur looks beyond 600,000 bpd-sources

Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:16pm GMT * De-bottlenecking to boost capacity after project * $5 billion expansion to be complete by Q1 ’12 By Erwin Seba HOUSTON, June 13 (Reuters) – Motiva Enterprises LLC is already preparing to expand the capacity of its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery beyond 600,000 barrels per day (bpd), which the […]

U.S. Gulf still important to Shell

HOUSTON | Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:35pm EDT (Reuters) – The Gulf of Mexico remains a “very strategically important” area for Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L) Americas arm both in terms of exploration and the company’s consideration of buying more assets, Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Co, said on Monday. We’ve been growing our business […]

Royal Dutch Shell issues production warning in Nigeria after sabotage on major pipeline

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, June 13, 4:39 PM LAGOS, Nigeria — Royal Dutch Shell PLC is warning that it can’t meet forecast production in Nigeria after sabotage on a main pipeline in the country’s southern delta. A Shell spokesman said in a statement Monday that the company’s Nigerian subsidiary has declared “force majeure” on its Bonny […]