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Shell Suspends Singapore Refinery After Fire

By Ann Koh and Yee Kai Pin – Sep 30, 2011 4:52 AM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) extinguished a fire that raged for two days at its largest oil refinery and said it’s shutting processing units at the Singapore plant as a precaution. “The fire has been extinguished at Shell refinery at Pulau […]

Shell’s Alaska Oil Plan Contested by Village, Environment Groups

By Katarzyna Klimasinska – Sep 29, 2011 7:01 PM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s U.S. approval for oil exploration in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea will be contested by groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council and an Inupiat village worried about the risk of spills. The Natural Resources Defense Council, based in New York, and […]

Is Royal Dutch Shell Trying To Muscle Into InterOil’s LNG Project?

EXTRACT FROM RELATED ARTICLE: Now that it is out in the open, the story in The Sunday Chronicle is actually very damaging for Shell… (Is Shell Trying To Muscle Into InterOil’s LNG Project?) Sunday September 25, 2011 THE O’Neill-Namah government has moved into damage control mode for the second LNG project development in Gulf Province. […]

Corrib Gas Project may grind to a halt?

We hear from our sources… “Strong rumours here in Erris, Co Mayo (beside Corrib gas development) that the project will grind to a halt following an up-and-coming court case involving a local contractor, Shell and the local police force (Garda). The word is that the CEO and others are heading for the exit over this […]

Shell shutting down entire Singapore refinery after fire

SINGAPORE | Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:22am EDT (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc is shutting down its entire Singapore refinery, the company’s largest, to get the fire that broke out on Wednesday under control, a senior company official told reporters. Shell is shutting more units in the vicinity of the area where the incident […]

Shell Singapore refinery fire burns on

By Luke Pachymuthu SINGAPORE | Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:45pm EDT (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc halted tanker loading at its largest refinery, a half-a-million barrels-per-day plant in Singapore, as the company struggles to put out a fire burning since Wednesday afternoon. The blaze has forced Shell to shut down a diesel-making unit, although […]

Fire intensifies at Shell’s biggest refinery

By Yaw Yan Chong and Alejandro Barbajosa SINGAPORE | Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:57am EDT (Reuters) – A fire has intensified at Royal Dutch Shell’s largest refinery, its half-a-million barrel per day Singapore plant, sending a plume of black smoke over the city-state. Shell has evacuated non-essential staff from the refining complex, Singapore’s Civil Defense […]

Royal Dutch Shell interfering with politics

From pages 41, 42, 43 & 44 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. Interfering with politics Improper involvement? Oil and politics have a […]

Fire at Shell Singapore refinery contained

Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:31am EDT By Yaw Yan Chong and Francis Kan (Reuters) – A fire at Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L) petroleum complex offshore Singapore is still burning but has been contained, although it was not clear what impact the blaze was having on operations. “We confirm that a fire in the Pulau Bukom […]

Report Finds Gaps in USGS Study on Offshore Drilling in Arctic Ocean

By PHIL TAYLOR of Greenwire Published: September 27, 2011 A U.S. Geological Survey report last summer on the nation’s capacity to assess impacts from oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean was credible and unbiased but failed to identify which scientific gaps are most important to fill, according to a new report commissioned by […]

Shell: Nigerian oil theft ‘unprecedented’

ABUJA, Nigeria, Sept. 27 (UPI) — The amount of crude oil stolen from Royal Dutch Shell’s pipelines in the oil-rich Niger Delta of Nigeria is “unprecedented,” the company said. “The scale of crude theft is unprecedented,” the company was quoted by the Platts news service as stating. Shell declared force majeure in Nigeria, releasing the […]

From our archives: Viewpoint: Sex, drugs and natural gas royalties

The inspector general found an e-mail from some dork at Shell Pipeline to a woman in the federal royalty office, asking her to join him at a tailgate party before a Houston Texans football game: “Have you and the girls meet at my place at 6 a.m. for bubble baths… Viewpoint: Sex, drugs and […]

From our archives: $2.2 million Shell settlement for knowingly underpaying royalties

Royal Dutch Shell evasion of royalties: “(Shell Defendants) have agreed to pay the United States $2.2 million plus interest to resolve claims that the companies violated the False Claims Act by knowingly underpaying royalties owed on natural gas…” Tuesday, 10 May 2011: Contact: Patrick Etchart, ONRR (303) 231-3162 WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–May 10, 2011. Shell Oil Company, Shell […]

From our archives: Plaintiffs win $66 million from Shell Oil

Royal Dutch Shell evasion of royalties: Plaintiffs win $66 million from Shell Oil after making the mistake of relying on Shell’s “honesty and integrity”: “Shell told us [in 1995] that if we didn’t want to accept a nuisance value settlement, they would drag the case out and my clients would be dead before they ever […]

Arctic Needs More Oil-Drilling Protection, Pew Report Finds

By Katarzyna Klimasinska – Sep 26, 2011 7:58 PM GMT+0100 President Barack Obama’s administration should add to protection for Arctic wildlife as the U.S. moves to allow oil-drilling off the Alaska coast next year, a study commissioned by environmental groups said. The government should make special efforts to avoid harm in the most sensitive habitats […]


Royal Dutch Shell evasion of royalties Published: March 21, 2002 The Royal Dutch/Shell Group paid $33.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the State of Alabama claiming more royalties from natural gas Shell produced in state waters, a lawyer representing Alabama said. Shell Oil, the United States unit of Royal Dutch/Shell, was sued in […]

Shell in Nigeria shuts in 25,000 bpd of oil

26 September 2011 LAGOS — Anglo-Dutch oil group Shell said Monday it has shut in 25,000 barrels per day of crude in a southern Nigerian oil field due to spills caused by sabotage and theft. “The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has shut in production from Imo River Field due to a […]

Arrow Wins Bow Energy After Boosting Offer to A$535 Million

By James Paton Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) — Arrow Energy Ltd., owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and PetroChina Co., agreed to buy Bow Energy Ltd. after sweetening its offer to A$535 million ($516 million), gaining resources for a natural gas project in Australia. The coal-seam gas explorer and producer in Queensland state increased its cash […]

Oil leaks from supply vessel during refuelling

Saturday 24 September 2011 Page 8 Extract BY CHRISTINA LAVELLE AROUND 1,500 litres of oil leaked from an offshore supply vessel in Aberdeen harbour yesterday. The spill occurred when the Skandi Foula, owned by Shell, was being refuelled at Torry dock. A clean-up operation was under way last night and it is understood around 500 […]

Royal Dutch Shell and slave labor

By John Donovan In the years immediately prior to WW2, Royal Dutch Shell was a business partner both Internationally and in Germany with IG Farben, the notorious German chemical firm, supplier of Zyklon-B gas to the Nazi death camps. IG Farben used slave labor. Extract from Time Magazine article 12 May 1947: Most damning charge […]

Shell touts gas benefits for Asia

Published: Sept. 23, 2011 at 8:22 AM BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei, Sept. 23 (UPI) — Natural gas resources will help fuel economic growth in Asia, where advances are vastly outpacing the rest of the world, a Shell executive said. Malcolm Brinded, executive director for upstream developments at Shell, spoke to delegates at an energy conference […]

A Tiny Alaska Village Stares Down Big Oil

September 22, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT Far-flung Point Hope puts Shell’s plans for Arctic drilling on ice Alaska Stock/Alamy By Katarzyna Klimasinska This summer, four-year-old Micah Kinneeveauk helped catch and kill his first seal. His proud grandmother plans to reward him with a special dessert at Thanksgiving: A big bowl of ice cream flavored with […]

Environmental groups weighing appeal of Shell’s air permit

Alaska Dispatch | Sep 21, 2011 Environmental groups say they’re reviewing air quality permits approved Monday by the federal government for Shell Oil, which hopes to drill offshore next year in Alaska’s Arctic. The Environmental Protection Agency authorized air emissions from Shell’s drill ship Discover and a support fleet of icebreakers, oil spill response vessels […]

From our archives: U.S. unions urge boycott of Shell to fight apartheid

The unions contend Royal Dutch/Shell, the world’s second largest multinational company in terms of sales, employs black slave labor in South Africa’s Rietspruit coal mine… ublication: Chicago Sun-Times Date: January 19, 1986 Author: Barry Cronin Section: SUNDAY NEWS Edition: FIVE STAR SPORTS FINAL Page: 55 A coalition of labor unions has called on Americans to […]

Shell Won’t Shed Refineries, CEO Says

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 By RYAN DEZEMBER Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s chief executive says he has no plans to follow in the footsteps of rivals and shed refineries. “We will remain an integrated oil company,” Peter Voser, head of the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, said Wednesday in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Several so-called integrated […]

Shell to invest $1.6bn in Brazilian oil block

Royal Dutch Shell will invest more than $1.6bn in the second phase exploration of a key Brazilian oil block and also plans to compete in the country’s next auction of oil and gas concessions, senior company figures have disclosed. An oil rig in Guanabara bay, Rio de Janeiro Photo: Alamy By Robin Yapp, in Sao Paulo […]

Shell chief warns of era of energy volatility

Financial Times By Ed Crooks in New York Published: September 21 2011 23:40 Extracts Oil and gas supplies will struggle to keep up with world demand growth, making energy prices more expensive and more volatile in the long term, the head of Europe’s largest oil company has warned. Peter Voser, the chief executive of Royal […]

Shell may face new Alaska battle

Environmental groups are considering a challenge to a set of permits issued to Royal Dutch Shell this week for oil drilling projects off the coast of Alaska, reports have said. Bill Lehane and news wires 21 September 2011 12:25 GMT The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Monday it had approved the air quality permits […]

Royal Dutch Shell fueled Nazi Germany for war

By John Donovan In the years in the run up to WW2, Royal Dutch Shell was a business partner both Internationally and in Germany with IG Farben, the notorious German chemical firm. Farben supplied Zyklon-B gas to the Nazi concentration camps, in which millions of innocent people including children, were murdered in the Holocaust. IG […]

EPA issues key permits to Shell for Alaska drilling

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 19 | Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:21pm EDT (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) has won two critical permits it needs to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska in the next two years, federal officials said on Monday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it issued Shell final air-quality […]


FINANCIAL TIMES ARTICLES CITING THE WEBSITE: ENERGYSOURCE BLOG December 3, 2009 Spot news …French companies dismiss claims of political fix (FT) Shell critic says oil major targeting his website operator cites released emails (Reuters) Nigerians urge Yar’Adua to step down Warnings of power vacuum… Kate Mackenzie ENERGY SOURCE BLOG February 12, 2010 Shell’s […]

Shell espionage firm opens spy nest in New York

Activists campaigning against Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic Ocean may be concerned at this development. 18 September 2011 By John Donovan Hakluyt, the London corporate intelligence firm, which has been closely associated with Royal Dutch Shell, has recently opened a bureau in New York. Titled Shell directors have been major shareholders in Haklut […]

Shell Motiva release of carcinogenic chemical at Norco plant

By John Donovan 18 September 2011 Bloomberg has reported the release of a carcinogenic chemical –  butadiene – by Shell/Motiva at its Norco plant in Louisiana. Butadiene is listed as a known carcinogen by the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry and the US EPA. At acute high exposure, damage to the central nervous system […]


NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT PRIMARILY HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL TRAGEDY IN OGONILAND, WHILE ROYAL DUTCH/SHELL IS A PARTNER IN CRIME: Says MOSOP. 17 September 2011 A MOSOP Committee set up on the 18th of August, 2011 by MOSOP President/Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo to review the Nigerian Government threat that: “Pollution or no pollution, oil production will go […]

Saturday 17 Sept 2011: Explosion warning over Shell platform

The Press and Journal Explosion warning over Shell platform Saturday, September 17 2011 Front page lead story running on to page 2. BY RYAN CRIGHTON UNDER-PRESSURE oil giant Shell has been issued with an official safety warning over explosion risks at one of its ageing North Sea platforms. The Health and Safety Executive is raising […]

The bitter taste of Brazil’s sugarcane

In a 2009 report on Brazil, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, mister James Anaya, wrote that Mato Grosso do Sul “has the highest rate of indigenous children’s death due to precarious conditions of health and access to water and food, related to lack of […]

Shell May Face Prosecution For North Sea Spill – UK Minister

By Alexis Flynn Published September 15, 2011 Dow Jones Newswires LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN) may be prosecuted for the U.K.’s worst oil spill in a decade after Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne confirmed an investigation into a 10-day leak from the oil major’s Gannet Alpha platform last month will […]

Oil Drilling Rebounds in Gulf After Spill

A rig and supply vessel at work in the Gulf off the coast of Louisiana. Associated Press By RUSSELL GOLD The Gulf of Mexico has staged a comeback as a source of oil for big energy companies, little more than a year after the Obama administration largely shut down drilling in the wake of the […]

Gazprom Sees LNG Plant Expansion Backed By Sakhalin-2 Fields

That’s in marked contrast to Shell, which while operating Sakhalin-2 in 2006, was forced to execute a below-market sale of its operating position at bargain prices to Gazprom, the country’s giant gas gathering and distribution company. By Anna Shiryaevskaya – Sep 14, 2011 4:04 PM GMT+0100 OAO Gazprom expects the Sakhalin-2 venture to produce enough fuel […]

Painkillers and pens used to placate Peru’s Indians as gas giants move in

Half of the Nahua died after their land was first opened up by Shell for oil exploration in the 1980s. Raya, a Nahua elder. More than half his people were wiped out after their land was opened up for oil exploration, Peru. © Johan Wildhagen/Survival September 14, 2011 Isolated Indians in southeast Peru are being […]

Shell Brent Charlie Platform Shut-In Since July – Regulator

“A prohibition notice was served on Shell July 1 over hydrocarbon release issues on the Brent C platform. The rig is currently ‘shut in’… SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 LONDON (Dow Jones)–The U.K. offshore regulator issued Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN) with two warnings in July for safety incidents at its aged Brent Charlie platform in the […]

Shell’s shameful track record in Brazil

From pages 17, 18 & 19 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. A Shell pesticide factory For a decade or more, beginning in […]

‘Trucks of men’ brutally attack indigenous Brazilians

This article should be read in conjunction with a related article published earlier this month: Brazilian Indians demand Shell leave their land SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE September 13, 2011 Survival has received reports that truckloads of armed men are violently driving Brazil’s Guarani from their land, leaving them in fear of their lives. Guarani anthropologist […]

Banter with Michiel Brandjes of Royal Dutch Shell Plc

By John Donovan On Friday I sent an email to Mr Michiel Brandjes (right), Company Secretary & General Counsel Corporate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. It had a subject – “Gannet Oil Spill: Document Authenticity” – but no content.  It was sent by mistake. It prompted the subsequent self-explanatory email correspondence. EMAIL RESPONSE FROM MR […]

Tullow Shows How Big Oil Could Shake Off Its Torpor

The reward for Tullow’s approach is clear. Since 2004, Tullow’s share price has risen by almost 1,500%. Over the same period, Shell’s share price has grown 61% and BP’s has fallen more than 15%. SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 By James Herron It’s become accepted wisdom in the oil industry that the once-great corporate giants like Shell, […]

Russia to propose expansion of cooperation between Shell and Gazprom

By Blanche Gatt – Sep 12, 2011 7:57 AM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will propose Royal Dutch Shell Plc expand cooperation with state-run OAO Gazprom during the first visit by a U.K. prime minister in six years, as the leader seeks to improve relations between the countries. Separately, […]


Mr Campbell insisted it is only a matter of time before there is another major tragedy in the North Sea. He said: “According to public domain data there were 85 gas releases and 443 dangerous occurrences last year. If you are getting 85 gas leaks that’s one and a half, or two, leaks a week. […]

Shell confirms oil off coast of French Guiana

By The Associated Press September 9, 2011, 4:14PM ET The Shell oil company on Friday confirmed that a deepwater drill has discovered oil about 90 miles offshore French Guiana. The company cautioned that it is still early in evaluating the well but said it was pleased by the initial results. Shell described the well as […]

Shell On Track To Deliver Growth Targets For 50%-80% Cashflow By 2012

SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN), Friday confirmed that it has made solid progress in starting up three world-class oil & gas projects in 2011, which at peak will add some 400,000 barrels oil equivalent, and is on track to deliver its strategic targets for 50-80% growth in cash flow from […]

Leaked Shell Sigma3 document may hold clue to cause of Gannet oil spill

By John Donovan We are in possession of a 30 page plus Sigma3 document prepared for Shell U.K. Exploration and Production in relation to Gannet. It may hold a clue to the cause of the recent Shell Gannet oil spill into the North Sea, the largest for a decade. Sigma3 is a consortium comprising Amec, […]