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Rosneft Deal Shows Exxon To Be The Only Supermajor With Heft In Russia

In Sakhalin… Exxon has fared much better than rival Royal Dutch Shell, which has led the development of Sakhalin-2. In 2005 Shell disclosed $10 billion in cost overruns on the $20 billion project, and in 2007 it was forced by the Kremlin to sell half of its Sakhalin stake to Gazprom. Though Shell and Rosneft […]

Another Denial of Service Attack on Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com website?

“Distributed Denial of Service attack, is when a server is bombarded with so many requests that it can’t respond to legitimate traffic.” By John Donovan Apologies for this website being down earlier today. Our dedicated server may have been the target of a denial-of-service high load attack by an unknown party. This information comes from […]

U.K. Shell Deal Spotlights Value of Common Law Model for Human Rights Litigation

Michael D. Goldhaber:  The American Lawyer August 31, 2011 Royal Dutch Shell has been sued so many times over its conduct in Nigeria that its cases offer a laboratory experiment for human rights litigation. After thirteen years of arduous U.S. alien tort litigation, Wiwa v. Shell resulted in a piddling $15.5 million settlement in 2009. […]

Exxon Reaches Arctic Oil Deal With Russians

By ANDREW E. KRAMER A version of this article appeared in print on August 31, 2011, on page A1 of the New York edition MOSCOW — Exxon Mobil won a coveted prize in the global petroleum industry Tuesday with an agreement to explore for oil in a Russian portion of the Arctic Ocean that is […]

Exxon Rosneft deal major setback for BP and Shell

Royal Dutch Shell PLC… declined to comment on the Exxon-Rosneft deal and had no update on the status of Shell’s talks with Rosneft. Shell CEO Peter Voser said in July that his company was in early-stage talks with Rosneft over Arctic exploration opportunities. Exxon, Rosneft Sign Global Pact To Jointly Drill For Oil By William […]

Shell won’t stop oil production in Syria unless EU mandates a boycott

By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 5:00 PM AMSTERDAM — Royal Dutch Shell PLC will not stop producing oil in Syria unless it is directed to do so by the European Union, media in the Netherlands report. National broadcaster NOS news cites Dick Benschop, head of the company’s Dutch arm, as saying Shell thinks halting its […]

Big oil companies may have to give up Iraq gas

Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:25am EDT By Ahmed Rasheed and Daniel Fineren DUBAI (Reuters) – Many of the world’s biggest energy companies may have to surrender most of the gas from Iraq’s vast southern oilfields to a processing and export project led by Shell, a final draft contract between Baghdad and Europe’s biggest company, obtained […]

The Irish Times: Protecting our resources

The Irish Times – Monday, August 29, 2011 OF ALL the big questions facing the State, few have more profound long-term implications than the management of our natural resources. Official estimates suggest a potential reserve of hydrocarbons equivalent to 10 billion barrels of oil off the west coast alone. Were all of this to be […]


Nigeria’s then acting President Goodluck Jonathan with President Obama in 2010 By KORNEBARI NWIKE 8/28/2011 President Goodluck Jonathan constituted a special committee on oil pollution in Ogoniland recently, according to him; to perform a “holistic review of the UNEP report.” The committee is chaired by Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources and former Shell […]

Shell FuelSave wakens memories of Formula Shell debacle

By John Donovan Here we are again in the midst of a major Shell advertising campaign with huge colour adverts in the UK national press for a new Shell wonder fuel, this time invented by “Shell Fuel Scientists”: Its called Shell FuelSave Shell’s Fuel Scientists are being rather cagey about the secret formula – Shell […]

Shell fuels Syrian Tanks?

By John Donovan SHELL IS A MAJOR SHAREHOLDER, PARTNER, OWNER AND MANAGEMENT PARTICIPANT IN A COMPANY SUPPLYING THE FUEL FOR SYRIAN TANKS USED TO CRUSH THE UPRISING On Wednesday 24 August 2011, I sent an email to Mr Michiel Brandjes, Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate, Royal Dutch Shell Plc. I asked him whether an […]

MEP claims gardaí assaulted him at Corrib gas protest

The Irish Times – Friday, August 26, 2011 LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent SOCIALIST Party MEP Paul Murphy says he intends to lodge a complaint with the Garda Síochána over his treatment at a Corrib gas protest in north Mayo yesterday. Mr Murphy says he was “assaulted by gardaí” as he participated in a sit-down protest […]

EU Embargo on Syrian Crude Likely to Hurt Italy Most

Although the document only covers one month of Syrian petroleum exports, it provides a recent snapshot of ordinarily confidential trading activity in which European oil companies Repsol SA and Royal Dutch Shell PLC loaded Syrian crude, and Trafigura and Total SA loaded Syrian oil products in July. AUGUST 26, 2011 By BENOIT FAUCON And KONSTANTIN […]

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South Africa: Shell fracking in semi-desert Karoo

How do farmers prove that Shell has polluted their lands, what lengths people have to go through to get their rights? From pages 35, 36 & 37 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 […]

Shell’s failure to protect Nigeria pipeline ‘led to sabotage’

Shell Nigeria’s declaration this week that it cannot meet its international commitment to export 300,000 barrels a day of crude oil was caused by the company withdrawing contracts to pay people to monitor and protect the pipeline, Shell and independent reports indicate. Attacks on key pipeline force company to declare ‘force majeure’ and reduce exports […]

EU prepares to embargo Syrian oil in line with US

The new measures if approved are unlikely, however, to prevent European oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell or Total from continuing to produce crude in Syria through joint ventures. By Justyna Pawlak: 25 August 2011 European Union governments are likely to embargo imports of Syrian oil next week to ratchet up pressure on president […]

Shell defends reporting of North Sea oil spill

The government also announced that an independent investigation is underway into the causes of the spill and Shell’s response. By James Murray: 24 August 2011 Shell has defended its much-criticised reporting of this month’s North Sea oil spill, but has stopped short of providing a full picture of how the decision to announce the spill […]

Nigeria’s oil-tainted Ogoni weary of blame game

AUSTIN EKEINDE OGONILAND, NIGERIA – Aug 24 2011 18:01 Skillfully scooping water from beneath a thick black carpet of crude, veteran Nigerian fisherman Suagelo Kpalap gives a shrug of resignation at the mention of the latest twist in an oil spill blame game he’s watched for decades. A United Nations (UN) report released in August told Kpalap […]

Shell’s North Sea Reputation sunk by severe corrosion

“The drip, drip, drip of negative information has been every bit as corrosive to the company’s reputation as the oil leaking from its pipe. It was not until a week after the oil was first spotted that the company apologised.” By John Donovan We have printed below extensive articles published over three pages of The […]

Royal Dutch Shell blames 6 recent spills in Nigeria’s oil-rich delta on ‘sabotage’

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, August 22, 6:35 PM LAGOS, Nigeria — Six recent oil spills from a Royal Dutch Shell PLC pipeline running through Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta were the result of “sabotage,” the company said Monday, blaming another nearby spill on a similar attack. Shell’s comments come after someone set fire to the spreading spill […]

Shell plans to remove oil from damaged North Sea pipe, U.K. says

Houston Chronicle: August 22, 2011 at 12.31 pm by Bloomberg Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, plans to remove crude remaining in a North Sea pipeline that leaked this month, the U.K. government said. “Shell now plans to continue to secure the pipeline to protect it from the threat of storm or tidal […]

Investigation into leak at Shell’s North Sea platform to get under way news

It has also emerged over the weekend that an internal investigation into Shell’s Gannet plaforms in 2003 had raised concerns over unapproved repairs and unreliable fire sensors. This is clear from papers held by Bill Campbell, a former senior Shell employee, who has questioned the company’s environmental and safety record. 22 August 2011 Shell says […]

Oil spill investigation begins as Shell plugs North Sea leak

Successful plugging of two Gannet Alpha leaks come as a Scottish newspaper reveals Shell’s poor safety record in the region An investigation by the Sunday Herald found that Shell had been officially censured 25 times in the past six years for breaking safety rules, giving it one of the worst safety records of any major […]

Oil production in North Sea scrutinized

Bill Campbell, whom The Daily Telegraph described as a “former senior Shell employee” questioned the company’s performance at Gannet as claims from 2003 surfaced over the platform’s maintenance record, the newspaper in London reports. Published: Aug. 22, 2011 at 8:52 AM LONDON, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Internal documents and British safety records indicate there were […]

Shell denies swindling gov’t of excise taxes

“Shell has paid all the right taxes and strongly denies having engaged in any fraudulent activity, especially smuggling, as this is very much against its business principles…” Posted at 08/22/2011 8:36 PM MANILA, Philippines – Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. denied it has defrauded the government of billions of pesos of excise taxes for importing a […]

Shell: too early to return to Libya

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is keeping an ear close to the gound in Libya, but says it’s still much too early to consider returning there, a spokesman told Dutch news agency ANP. Shell withdrew its personnel from Libya earlier this year because of heightening political tension. The company was conducting exploration for natural gas […]

Shell defends safety after North Sea oil leak

22 August 2011 Last updated at 09:55 Shell has said safety is its “foremost priority” after calls for North Sea activities to be restricted in the wake of the oil leak. The company has been tackling the release of more than 200 tonnes of oil near the Gannet Alpha platform. A relief valve was closed […]

Halt Shell projects in North Sea, says WWF

Extracts from “Halt Shell projects in North Sea…”: Shell technical director Glen Cayley has apologised and admitted the existing pipeline inspection and maintenance programme had let the company down. WWF Scotland also described Shell’s performance during the spill as a “lesson on how to look evasive and shifty”. BY CATRIONA WEBSTER: 22 August 2011 A […]

Investigation gets under way as Shell plugs North Sea oil leak

It also emerged over the weekend that there was an internal investigation into Shell’s Gannet plaforms in 2003 raising concerns about unapproved repairs and unreliable fire sensors. The claims are made within papers held by Bill Campbell, a former senior Shell employee, who has questioned the company’s environmental and safety record. Government inspectors are preparing […]

Shell, PetroChina Unit Arrow Bids $540 Million for Australia’s Bow Energy

By James Paton – Aug 22, 2011 8:09 AM GMT+0100 Arrow Energy Ltd., owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and PetroChina Co., offered about A$520 million ($540 million) for Bow Energy Ltd. (BOW), seeking more resources to underpin a proposed liquefied natural gas project in Australia. Arrow, a coal-seam gas explorer and producer in […]

Fracking: Shell admits safety is not a given

GUY ROGERS | 22 August, 2011 00:44 The petroleum company heading calls for the Great Karoo to be opened up for exploration for natural gas has admitted that it cannot guarantee the safety of its operations. This concession by Shell SA boss Jan Willem Eggink was made as the findings of a UN investigation of […]

Revealed: Shell’s poor safety record in the UK

“Shell’s poor regard for safety and their terrible communications over the last 10 days should be ringing major alarm bells…” Last week’s North Sea oil spill was not the first time Shell had found itself in trouble. Environment Editor Rob Edwards reports Shell has been officially censured for breaking safety rules 25 times in the […]

More details needed on oil incidents, says government

“More steps need to be taken to promote a culture of openness and transparency…” 21 August 2011 The public must have better information on oil incidents in UK waters, the Scottish government has said. The plea came in the wake of the oil leak near the Gannet Alpha platform, in the North Sea. Shell initially […]

Royal Dutch Shell closes oil valve after 12 day North Sea battle

Royal Dutch Shell has finally managed to stop oil from spilling into the North Sea after a 12-day battle with the Gannet field leak. Shell’s work is not over as it will have to remove oil trapped in the pipeline between the sealed off well and the platform. The Marine Coastguard’s latest estimate is that […]

Shell stops North Sea leak after 10 days

Scottish government launches investigation into safety procedures after worst oil spill in UK waters for a decade Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent, Friday 19 August 2011 19.56 BST The Shell oil spill in the North Sea. The marine coastguard has estimated that the oil on the sea surface covers about 6.7 sq km. Photograph: Marine […]

Shell spill: What happened and why it matters to Shell

By Damian Kahya Business reporter, BBC News 19 August 2011 Environmental groups are furious that the largest North Sea spill in a decade was not revealed to the public for three days. Why did it happen and will Shell’s recent environmental problems affect the company’s ambitious plans? On 10 August, a routine helicopter flight over […]

US oil sanctions send strong signal to Syria

Extracts from the Financial Times By Anna Fifield in Washington, Alex Barker in Brussels, James Blitz in London and Daniel Dombey in Istanbul: 18 August 2011 With the sweeping sanctions it has imposed on Syria’s energy sector, the Obama administration has stepped up its efforts to isolate Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which earns as much as […]

EU Urges Syria’s Assad To Quit, Mulls Energy Sanctions

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) has interests in three production licences in Syria covering some 40 oil fields, with its share of production in 2010 approximately 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day. It also has exploration interests in the south of the country. By Laurence Norman Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES BRUSSELS (Dow Jones)–The European […]

Shell vows to improve inspections!!!!!

Shell said it needed to improve its inspection policies. “We’re making every effort to improve our inspection program and revisit our maintenance priorities,” Cayley added. Spilled crude oil from the Gannet field, co-owned by Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil Corp., floats off the coast of Scotland. The platform will be shut down for routine […]

No wonder bits are falling off the Shell Brent Platforms

EMAIL RECEIVED John, No wonder bits are falling off the Brents. I’m an ex Shell employee with no axe to grind but I’m also fat and wouldn’t trust those gratings to hold me. Thanks (name and email address supplied) Gratings_-_Destructive_Testing(1) Related comment by a retired Shell North Sea Platform manager: John, This short video demonstrates […]

No to Arctic Drilling

By FRANCES G. BEINECKE A version of this op-ed appeared in print on August 18, 2011 ABOUT 55,000 gallons of oil have escaped into the North Sea since last week from a leaky pipeline operated by Royal Dutch Shell, about 100 miles off Scotland. Last year, Americans watched in mounting fury as the oil industry […]

Shell Defends Its Efforts to Stanch North Sea Spill

Shell has been trying to stop a leaking line from its Gannet Alpha platform for the last seven days amid mounting public criticism of its perceived lack of transparency about the spill. AUGUST 18, 2011 By ALEXIS FLYNN LONDON—Some 660 tons of oil are still inside a leaking Royal Dutch Shell PLC pipeline in the […]

Oil spill off Scotland ‘could worsen’

By Richard Hall Thursday, 18 August 2011 Hundreds of tons of oil could still be inside an offshore pipeline which has been leaking for a week off the Scottish coast, raising the possibility that Britain’s worst oil spill for a decade could worsen. As oil giant Royal Dutch Shell continues to try to stem the […]

Shell could face fines over Gannet oil spill

Royal Dutch Shell may face a criminal investigation and hefty fines in the Scottish courts for its oil leak, which is still trickling into the North Sea. Shell is currently working to stop 4,500 barrels still in the pipeline from leaking into the sea. Photo: REUTERS By Rowena Mason: 7:49PM BST 17 Aug 2011 The Government […]

Shell, govt spin machine keeps lid on worst UK oil spill for decade


Shell’s Touch Fuck All culture on North Sea Platforms

By John Donovan SHELL NORTH SEA OIL SPILL DEBACLE In June 2006, The Guardian published an article by Terry Macalister  under the headline “Shell accused over oil rig safety“. It reported on criticisms leveled at the oil giant by its former HSE Group Auditor Bill Campbell (right) “who worked directly for Shell for 24 years, […]

Shells admits risk of further North Sea oil spill

Hundreds of tonnes of oil estimated to still be inside an offshore pipeline that has been leaking for a week Press Association, Wednesday 17 August 2011 13.59 BST The Royal Dutch Shell platform Gannett Alpha in the North Sea. Photograph: Ho/Reuters Shell has admitted that there are hundreds of tonnes of additional oil in […]

Shell admits oil leak fix could take weeks

ENERGY giant Shell has made a full apology for its response to the North Sea oil spill and admitted it could take weeks to fix the leak. After days of criticism for keeping details of the spill from its Gannet Alpha platform secret, the oil company conceded it had made mistakes. 17 August 2011 By […]

Oil spill exposes Shell’s ticking timebomb

The Gannet Alpha spill in the North Sea is a stark reminder of the dangers of ageing rigs and oil company PR Adam Ma’anit, Wednesday 17 August 2011 08.00 BST The Royal Dutch Shell platform Gannett Alpha in the North Sea. Photograph: Ho/Reuters For Shell, the timing of a spill at its Gannet A […]

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