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Canada natives sue Shell over oil sands funding

Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:43pm EST * Community seeks C$1.5 million, citing blocked requests * Shell says has spent more than C$200 mln Nov 30 (Reuters) – A Canadian native group is suing Royal Dutch Shell Plc for what it said was a failure by the oil major to live up to environmental funding agreements […]

NIGERIA: Ogoni Hands Government to Villagers

Native oath-of-office ceremony for 3,000 representatives STATEMENT ISSUED BY MOSOP MEDIA: 30 November 2011 13:15 GMT As Native Authority is sworn-in with 3,000 villagers under oath to provide grassroots leadership to enforce the United Nations Universal Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the President/Spokesman of the Movement for Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), MOSOP […]

Alaska Native, conservation groups appeal 2nd air permit to Shell for Arctic offshore drilling

By Associated Press, Published: November 29 ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska Native and conservation groups are again taking aim at a federal permit needed by a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to drill for petroleum in Arctic Ocean waters off Alaska’s northern shore. Nine groups on Monday challenged an air permit granted to Shell Offshore Inc. by […]

Groups challenge another Shell permit

By DAN JOLING; Associated Press Published: 11/29/11 11:48 am | Updated: 11/29/11 11:48 am Nine Alaska Native and conservation groups have challenged a federal air permit granted by the Environmental Protection Agency for a second Shell Oil drilling rig intended for Arctic waters. The groups last month appealed an air permit for the Discoverer and […]

Corrib – Ireland’s Last Offshore Development for a Generation

Printed below is an article by Tony Allwright, a retired Irish Shell EP manager. (SOURCE ARTICLE) 26 November 2011 Protests – overwhelmingly unfounded and politically unchallenged – have trebled the cost of developing Ireland’s offshore Corrib gasfield. This huge “political risk” will deter further such investments for a generation. Many years ago, in the late 1970s […]

Iraq inks $17 bn gas joint venture deal

By Ammar Karim (AFP) Sunday, 27 November 2011 BAGHDAD — Iraq finalised a $17-billion joint venture deal with Shell and Mitsubishi to capture and process gas from its southern oil fields, at a ceremony at the oil ministry on Sunday. The deal was signed by Shell CEO Peter Voser, Mitsubishi Vice President Tetsuro Kuwabara and […]

Shell, Iraq Sign Agreement for $17 Billion Project to Develop Natural Gas

By Kadhim Ajrash and Khalid Al-Ansary – Nov 27, 2011 2:08 PM GMT Iraq, seeking to boost power output after years of conflict and sanctions, signed the final accord for a $17 billion project with Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) to capture natural gas at oil fields. Shell Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser and Oil […]

Is Exxon mounting a bid for Shell?

By John Donovan SHELL/EXXON MERGER? INDUSTRY RUMOR BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION SATURDAY 26 November 2011 21:50:53 GMT BY A SHELL RELATED SOURCE, A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR OF  INFORMATION. “Rumour in the industry is that Exxon is mounting a bid for Shell…” WARNING: This is a *rumor… *a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or […]

BP, Russian billionaires, and the Kremlin: a Power Triangle that never was

Dr Shamil Yenikeyeff analyses the reasons for the collapse of BP’s Arctic partnership with the Russian state company Rosneft. He argues that the BP–Rosneft deal was inauspicious even before it was signed due to the history of the Kremlin’s reluctance to back BP plc in its often uneasy relations with the AAR consortium – BP’s […]

Motiva Enterprises toxic environmental record

The following information is in the form of extracts from a recent report produced by Louisiana Bucket Brigade environmental health and justice organization. Louisiana refineries averaged one accident per day in 2010. There was a total of 354 reported accidents which released more than 975,000 pounds and 225,000 gallons of pollution. Refineries rely too heavily […]

Most or All Kiobel v. Shell Plaintiffs Are American Citizens

Graphic from the Guardian article “Unloveable Shell, the Goddess of Oil“ Dear Editor, Please run article clarifying the location of Ogoni people in Kiobel v. Shell. This issue was brought up in one recent publication of Nov. 17, 2011, posted or culled to your credible and number one globally read and researched-based Website. THE ARTICLE: […]

From our archive: ‘…Malcolm Brinded is certainly lying when he states that he did not know’

From a Shell Insider: “…Malcolm Brinded is certainly lying when he states that he did not know”: Mon 20 Feb 2006 04:27 AM EST Mr Donovan After reading some contributions to your site of insiders it made me decide to share something with you and your readers. Perhaps you see it fit to publish, I […]

Super Puma’s North Sea death crash fault ‘not recognised’

24 November 2011 An indication of a fault that led to a North Sea helicopter crash in which 16 men died had not been recognised just a week earlier, a report has found. All 14 passengers and two crew lost their lives in April 2009 when the Bond Super Puma came down off Peterhead. The […]

‘Disastrous’ bond sale shakes confidence in Germany

(Reuters) – A “disastrous” German bond sale on Wednesday sparked fears that Europe’s debt crisis was starting to threaten even Berlin, with the leaders of the euro zone’s two biggest economies still at odds over a longer-term structural solution.

Motiva Port Arthur reports FCC upset -filing

HOUSTON | Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:17pm GMT Nov 22 (Reuters) – Motiva Enterprises’ 285,000 barrel per day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery reported a malfunction on Tuesday in a gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit, according to a notice filed with Texas pollution regulators. During the correction of a heat imbalance, FCC No. 3 experienced […]

Motiva refinery worker files discrimination lawsuit

11/23/2011 12:37 PM By Michelle Keahey A refinery worker has filed a lawsuit that claims he is a victim of discrimination after he was wrongfully accused of committing a rule violation and fired. Boyd Weber filed suit against Motiva Enterprises – Norco Refinery on Nov. 11 in federal court in New Orleans. Weber was employed as […]

Shell and Turkey sign oil, gas search deal

Wednesday Nov 23, 2011 ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday signed a deal with Turkish state-run petroleum company, TPAO, to search for oil and gas offshore in the Mediterranean and onshore in Turkey’s southeast region. The deal allows the companies to search for oil and natural gas and to produce and share […]

Motiva refinery expansion workers being cut -report

HOUSTON Nov 22 (Reuters) – Layoffs will begin this month for construction workers on a southeast Texas refinery expansion project as the work nears completion, according to a local media report. About 500 construction workers employed on the Motiva Enterprises Port Arthur, Texas, refinery expansion were told their jobs will end this month, according to […]

Qatar’s emir and Royal Dutch Shell formally open multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquids plant

By The Associated Press  | November 22, 2011 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – European energy giant Royal Dutch Shell says Qatar’s emir has inaugurated a huge facility to convert natural gas into liquid fuel. The official launch Tuesday caps years of work on the Pearl Gas-to-Liquids project at the industrial city of Ras Laffan in the gas-rich […]

Blair and a mere ‘lapse of judgment’

Saif was a key player in Libya’s campaign to renounce nuclear status and became close to leading figures after Mr Blair signed the ‘deal in the desert’ in March 2004, which saw British firms such as BP and Shell sign massive contracts with the Libyans. Links: Blair and Gadaffi pictured in 2007 – will he […]

Oil giant Shell announces new Corrib gas chief

The Irish Times – Tuesday, November 22, 2011 ÁINE RYAN SHELL HAS announced the appointment of a new managing director at the Corrib gas project. The communique came as local protest groups yesterday declined an invitation to contribute to a joint Oireachtas committee hearing on offshore resources and their exploration. Michael Crothers is a Canadian […]

Blair’s ‘deal in the desert’ with Gadaffi paved the way for Shell and BP contracts

The release happened after Blair’s notorious “deal in the desert” with Muammar Gadaffi paving the way for multi- million-pound oil contracts with Shell and BP. (Saif al-Islam Gadaffi – above right) THE SUNDAY TIMES Headline: Gadaffi son may spill British secrets Sunday 20 November 2011 Marie Colvin and Dipesh Gadher THE London-educated Saif al-Islam Gadaffi, […]

Shell Could Replace Exxon in Southern Iraq

NOVEMBER 21, 2011 By HASSAN HAFIDH BAGHDAD—The Iraqi oil ministry could ask Royal Dutch Shell PLC to develop Iraq’s supergiant West Qurna Phase 1 oil field in southern Iraq, if the government decides to terminate Exxon Mobil Corp.’s contract after it signed a deal to explore for oil in the Kurdish region of the country, […]

TPAO has reached an agreement with Royal Dutch Shell to explore for oil and gas off of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast

Balkan Business News Correspondent – 21.11.2011 Turkey’s state-owned oil company, Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), has reached an agreement with Royal Dutch Shell to explore for oil and gas off of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. The deal between TPAO and the Dutch oil giant covers drilling in the maritime zones off of Turkey’s southern province of Antalya. […]

Pressure mounts on Shell, Telecos, to list on NSE

MONDAY 21 December 2011: Pressure is mounting on the Federal Government and its agencies to compel telecom firms like giant MTN, GLO, Airtel, Etisalat and oil producing firms like Shell and Exxon Mobil, to list their shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, following the clamour to broaden access to their ownership, Business Day has learnt.

Secret saga behind a 9 billion barrel block in Nigeria

From AFRICA ENERGY INTELLIGENCE 24 AUGUST 2011 After ten years of maneuvering and court cases, Shell ended up by offering to buy Malabu Oil & Gas’ offshore block OPL 245 (see our report in AE1 656). The stakes in the game were indeed high. lying alongside Total’s Akpo block, the acreage could contain up to […]

U.S. Plans New Sanctions Against Iran’s Oil Industry

By MARK LANDLER and ALAN COWELL A version of this article appeared in print on November 19, 2011, on page A8 of the New York edition. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to impose a new round of sanctions against Iran’s petrochemical industry, a Western official briefed on the plans said Friday, less than two […]

Nigeria: Dutch Cabinet – Country Should Clean Up Oil Spills

Hélène Michaud: 18 November 2011 Cleaning up extensive oil pollution in the Niger Delta is the primary responsibility of the Nigerian government, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal told a parliamentary commission on Thursday. He was supported by the Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Bleker, who pointed out that the Nigerian government, like all governments, […]

Shell Is ‘Welcome Barbarian’ in China’s Shale Gas

The big question is: Can Shell keep riding this tiger? What prevents PetroChina’s parent, CNPC, from exploiting the Western producer for what it wants and then tossing it aside or perhaps even taking it over?

Groups file again to block Chukchi drilling

November 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm by Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast remains legally flawed and should be cancelled, Alaska Native and environmental groups say in a court filing. Earthjustice attorney Erik Grafe said Thursday the sale does did not follow federal environmental […]

Shell produces oil from world’s deepest subsea well in Gulf of Mexico 2011-11-18 11:34:39 HOUSTON, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) — Shell Oil Company said Thursday it has started producing oil from a well 9,627 feet (2934 meters) below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, the deepest underwater well in the world. The well is located in the Tobago Field 200 miles (322 kms) southwest of Houston […]

Public comment opened for Shell Chukchi drilling

The Associated Press November 17, 2011, 11:59AM ET ANCHORAGE, Alaska The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has opened public comment periods for Shell Oil’s drilling exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast. BOEM announced Wednesday that the plan by Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. and its supporting documentation were sufficient for […]

Turkey, Shell Exploration Deal Not ‘Political Move’, Yildiz Says

November 18, 2011, 6:28 AM EST By Aydan Eksin Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) — An oil and gas exploration agreement Turkey will sign with Royal Dutch Shell Plc next week is not “a political move”, Turkey’s Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said. The accord for exploration on land and in sea, including the Mediterranean, is planned to […]

How Suing Shell Could Backfire on Human Rights Activists

Nov 17 2011, 9:00 AM ET International groups have long been using a 1789 tort to sue corporations for acts on foreign soil. An upcoming Supreme Court case might put an end to that. REUTERS This past October, a 15-year legal battle between Royal Dutch Petroleum and a Nigerian political movement finally went before the […]

Shell, BP Gain From U.S. Seaway Oil Pipeline Reversal, RBC Says

By Eduard Gismatullin – Nov 17, 2011 9:15 AM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and BP Plc (BP/) will benefit from a plan to reverse the direction of the Seaway pipeline in the U.S. and pump crude to the Gulf of Mexico coast, RBC Capital Markets said. Shell and BP will each pump about […]

Shell Ready to Move on Alaska Wells — If Alphabet Soup of Challenges Would End

By Dan Springer Published November 16, 2011 An estimated 27 billion barrels of oil are sitting just off the northern coast of Alaska in waters controlled by the United States, but despite spending more than five years and $4 billion, Shell Oil Company still can’t get to it. The company was planning to announce […]

Shell’s China Moves: Can Shell keep riding this tiger?

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant and state-owned PetroChina have teamed up to get gas out of the ground in China—and to tap new sources of energy worldwide November 16, 2011, 11:10 PM EST By Stanley Reed and Dexter Roberts The hilltop city of Yulin, about 500 miles southwest of Beijing, was once a strong point in […]

Shell pulls out of Kurdistan oil talks – FT

LONDON | Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:39pm EST Nov 17 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc has pulled out of oil-development talks with the Kurdistan regional government in an effort to protect lucrative investments in southern Iraq, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. The newspaper cited people familiar with the discussions as saying Baghdad is […]

Biggest Oil Find in Decades Becomes $39 Billion Cautionary Tale

After 11 years and $39 billion of investment, Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and their partners have yet to sell a drop of oil from what was touted as the world’s biggest discovery in four decades.

Shell pulls out of Kurdistan oil talks

FINANCIAL TIMES November 16, 2011 10:05 pm By Sylvia Pfeifer and Javier Blas in Erbil, northern Iraq Royal Dutch Shell has pulled out of oil-development talks with the Kurdistan regional government in an effort to protect lucrative investments in southern Iraq, including a potential $17bn natural gas deal. FULL FT ARTICLE

Motiva Enterprises and Others Sued Over Robotics Patents

Honeywell, Siemens, Others Sued Over Robotics Patents By Megan Leonhardt Law360, New York (November 16, 2011, 5:07 PM ET) — A Washington state-based software provider on Tuesday targeted Honeywell International Inc., Siemens Corp., oil refinery operator Motiva Enterprises LLC and others in three separate patent infringement suits over integrated software used to control robotic manufacturing […]

Shell Accused of Abetting Torture & Murder

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 By KEVIN KOENINGER MANHATTAN (CN) – Three Nigerian widows say Shell Petroleum and its African subsidiaries conspired with each other and with Nigeria’s military government “to violate basic human rights … so as to ensure their continued enjoyment of disproportionately huge profit from very cheap oil they obtained from the Ogoniland,” […]

Turkey hopes for Shell exploration deal

FINANCIAL TIMES November 16, 2011 By Daniel Dombey in Istanbul and Michael Kavanagh in London Turkey said it hopes to conclude an exploration deal with Royal Dutch Shell in the coming days… FULL FT ARTICLE

Allegations surrounding Shell Malabu $1.3 billion Nigerian oil deal

Printed below are several recent articles from Nigerian publications containing allegations of corruption relating to the Shell Malabu 9 billion barrel oil block deal.

Saudi, Shell gas JV gets approval to assess Kidan

Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:32am EST * Appraisal to be completed by end-2013 * Kidan is rich in sour gas KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Nov 16 (Reuters) – A joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco has won approval from the Saudi government to study the possible development of Kidan area, in Saudi Arabia’s […]

Shell cited by EPA for fake biofuel credits

Companies cited by EPA for fake biofuel credits By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON | Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:05pm EST (Reuters) – Energy and financial companies caught up in a scheme involving fraudulent renewable energy credits could now face civil fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has issued 24 notices of violation to […]

Iraqi Cabinet Approves Royal Dutch Shell’s Natural Gas Contract

By ANDREW E. KRAMER Published: November 15, 2011 BAGHDAD — Iraq’s cabinet approved a multibillion-dollar contract on Tuesday for Royal Dutch Shell, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant, to collect the vast amount of natural gas emitted, and currently burned off, as oil is pumped to the surface at three major oil fields in the south. The […]

Iraq Approves $17 Billion Contract for Gas Capture With Shell, Mitsubishi

By Nayla Razzouk – Nov 15, 2011 12:16 PM GMT Iraq’s cabinet approved a $17 billion contract with Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Mitsubishi Corp. (8058) for the capture of natural gas at three oil fields in the south of the country, a government spokesman said. “The government has a 51 percent stake in […]

Overuse and waste of invaluable water resources within the oil and gas sector

EXTRACTS FROM THE RepRisk WATER SCARCITY REPORT RepRisk is the leading provider of dynamic business intelligence on environmental social and governance risks. In 2010, access to clean water received recognition as a basic human right through a majority vote of the United Nations General Assembly. According to the UN, nearly 900 million people have no […]

Shell lukewarm about Syria oil boycott

British-Dutch oil giant Shell is under pressure to cease its activities in Syria. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on countries and companies to suspend their supplies to Syria because of the bloody oppression of the popular protests by the Assad regime. Shell has said it is prepared to discuss possible oil sanctions against […]