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Posts from ‘December, 2011’

Hunt for Gas Hits Fragile Soil, and South Africans Fear Risks

In July, the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa, an independent agency that sets guidelines for media companies, ruled that several of Shell’s advertised claims — including one that said fracking had never led to groundwater contamination — were misleading or unsubstantiated and should be withdrawn. Chris Hayward, a South African farmer, says, “If our […]

BP to End Sakhalin Venture With Rosneft

By ALEXIS FLYNN LONDON—BP PLC said it will end its 13-year alliance with Russian state-owned oil company OAO Rosneft to explore for oil and gas in Sakhalin, due in part to the economics of the Far East project. The U.K.-based energy producer said that in recent meetings with the shareholders and board of ZAO Elvary […]

Deep Gulf drilling thrives 18 mos. after BP spill

By JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer: 30 December 2011 ALAMINOS CANYON BLOCK 857, GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — Two hundred miles off the coast of Texas, ribbons of pipe are reaching for oil and natural gas deeper below the ocean’s surface than ever before. These pipes, which run nearly two miles deep, are connected to […]

Shell Oil Spills Spread to Delta Communities

Sopuruchi Onwuka And Napoleon Ehiremen: 28 December 2011 Warri — The crude oil volumes that spilled from Bonga deepwater field has started arriving the coastal communities in Niger Delta, sparking off a spate of public outcry over the dreaded impact on the fragile environment. Consequently, people of Delta state communities have called on the federal […]

Shale Spurs U.S. States to Vie for Chemical Projects, WSJ Says

By Joe Carroll Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) — A surge in U.S. natural-gas production from shale rock is spurring states to compete for companies to produce chemicals from the fuel, the Wall Street Journal reported. Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia are vying to attract a plant that will turn gas into ethylene proposed by Royal Dutch […]

Royal Dutch Shell says Nigeria spill contained

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press 26 December 2011 ABOARD THE BONGA FLOATING OIL VESSEL (AP) — The worst Nigeria offshore oil spill in more than a decade has been contained before reaching the West African nation’s coast, officials with Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Monday, less than a week after one of its lines bled […]

Rosneft: BP To Exit Sakhalin-5 Project – Report

MOSCOW -(Dow Jones)- BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) is to exit the Sakhalin-5 gas project, and Russian state oil company OAO Rosneft (ROSN.RS) will continue working on it on its own, Interfax news agency reported Monday, citing Rosneft Chief Executive Eduard Khudainatov. “BP is not interested in this project and we have made no secret of […]

Ogoni Establishes Environmental Protection Agency

Graphics from Guardian newspaper article: Unloveable Shell, the Goddess of Oil PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY MOSOP: 26 December 2011 A measure to make sure that Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Royal Dutch/Shell and others face compelling action to hold them accountable for environmental crimes in Ogoni. MOSOP President and Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo said that the […]

Boasts over Shell avoidance of oil spills come back to haunt its CEO

By John Donovan In October 2010, the Daily Mail published an article reporting claims by Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive, Peter Voser, that Shell would never have made the mistakes that led to the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, which resulted in a huge oil spill. The claims have come back to haunt […]

Nigerian Oil Spill Stretches 900 Square Kilometers, says Environmental Group

December 24, 2011 An environmental group says an oil spill off the coast of Nigeria this past week could stretch across more than 900 square kilometers of ocean. The U.S.-based group, SkyTruth, says it estimates from satellite images it has obtained that the slick is 70 kilometers long and spans 17 kilometers at its widest […]

Shell Says Oil From Bonga Facility Leak ‘Continues to Thin’

By Mike Harrison – Dec 24, 2011 7:56 AM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) said oil that leaked from its 200,000 barrel-a-day Bonga field in Nigeria “continues to thin.” “Surveillance and aerial photos show the spill is breaking up into patches surrounded by clear water,” Shell said in a statement on its website. “The […]

Shell’s Nigeria oil spill gets muted response

By Alex Lawler LONDON | Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:41pm EST (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian oil spill, the largest in the African nation since 1998, highlights the different world responses to oil spills. Nigerian authorities on Thursday put emergency measures in place to prevent the spill of less than 40,000 barrels from the […]

Huge slick from Shell’s 1.68 million gallon Atlantic Ocean oil spill

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, December 23, 4:20 PM LAGOS, Nigeria — A faulty pipe from an offshore oil field run by Royal Dutch Shell PLC near Nigeria’s coast spewed crude oil into the ocean for as much as 25 hours as workers loaded a waiting tanker, the company acknowledged Friday. While Shell continues to investigate the […]

Russian oil rig sinking casts doubt on Arctic plan

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, AP Business Writer: 23 December 2011 Click on image to enlarge MOSCOW (AP) — The sinking of a floating oil rig that left more than 50 crew dead or missing is intensifying fears that Russian companies searching for oil in remote areas are unprepared for emergencies — and could cause a disastrous […]

Shell Confirms Source of Nigerian Oil Leak as Cleanup Continues

By Eduard Gismatullin and Elisha Bala-Gbogbo – Dec 23, 2011 9:13 AM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, confirmed the source of what could be Nigeria’s worst offshore spill in more than a decade to a leak in a flexible export line to a tanker. Cleanup operations continued to the leak […]

Chevron, Conoco Entrapped in Post-BP Crackdown on Oil Slicks

By Joe Carroll, Juan Pablo Spinetto and Edward Klump – Dec 23, 2011 10:15 AM GMT Brazil’s threatened indictment of Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Transocean Ltd. (RIG) executives after offshore oil leaks shows that regulators from the North Sea to the Indian Ocean are stepping up scrutiny after BP Plc’s 2010 disaster. Brazilian authorities have […]

When Shell flushed 100,000 tonnes of Forcados crude into the Sea

“After flushing the lot into the sea, it all disappeared within weeks. Not a trace to be seen… It all was possible because there was a military government suppressing the press and life was good for Shell!” “Old Nigeria Hand” posting on Shell Blog (A trustworthy source) The Bonga spill obviously is unforgiveable. A relatively […]

Chevron, Transocean Face Brazil Indictment Over Oil Leak

December 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EST By Joe Carroll and Juan Pablo Spinetto Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) — Chevron Corp., the operator of the Brazilian offshore well that triggered oil leaks, and rig owner Transocean Ltd. will defend executives threatened with criminal indictments in the South American nation. Chevron learned that Brazil’s federal police intend to […]

Rush to clean major Shell oil spill off Nigeria

By Sophie Mongalvy (AFP) 22 December 2011 LAGOS — Authorities rushed to prevent one of Nigeria’s worst recent oil spills from reaching the West African nation’s shoreline on Thursday, with production from a major Shell field also shut due to the leak. Shell, which said the leak has been stopped, has estimated that less than […]

News Shell oil spill off Nigeria likely worst in decade

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press 22 December 2011 LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An oil spill near the coast of Nigeria is likely the worst to hit those waters in a decade, a government official said Thursday, as slicks from the Royal Dutch Shell PLC spill approached the country’s southern shoreline. The slick from Shell’s Bonga […]

New ConocoPhillips and Shell Arctic Oil Permits Raising Alarms

By Pierre Bertrand | December 22, 2011 2:07 AM GMT Alaskan environmentalists are sounding the alarm bells this week, responding to two major oil industry victories in a state that has been a recurring flash point between environmental groups, legislators and the giants of petroleum exploration. The latest news to stir the seas came Monday, […]

Shell shuts offshore Nigerian oilfield after leak

Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:55am EST * “Less than 40,000 barrels of oil” leaked – Shell * Field produces 10 pct of Nigerian oil exports * Shell says oil flow now halted By Emma Farge LONDON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is shutting down its huge 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) Bonga oilfield […]

Shell Shuts Nigeria’s Bonga Field After Leak During Loading

December 21, 2011, 5:39 AM EST By Eduard Gismatullin Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, shut its 200,000 barrel-a-day Bonga field off Nigeria after oil leaked during a tanker loading. An export line from the field’s floating production, storage and offloading vessel was the likely cause of the leak, […]

Shell Gulf of Mexico Spill: Oops these sort of things only happen to BP!

John Oops these sort of things only happen to BP! Our dear friend Mr Voser will no doubt be miffed that in the Gulf even a well designed to his`Utopian‘ Shell standards can dare to leak.  The report today on your website states that Shell wasn’t involved in the Deepwater Horizon spill last year in […]

Supreme Court To Decide If 1789 Law Applies To Shell Today

Daniel Fisher, Forbes Staff 12/20/2011 For nearly 200 years, the Alien Tort Claims Act lay dormant, a one-sentence law passed by the first Congress that gave federal courts jurisdiction to hear any lawsuit brought by “an alien” for torts committed “in violation of the law of nations.” Then around 1980 inventive lawyers rediscovered it as […]

Shell Says U.S. Drilling Rig to Stay Shut for Weeks After Leak

By Eduard Gismatullin – Dec 20, 2011 3:23 PM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s largest oil company, said a rig will stay shut for weeks after spilling 319 barrels of drilling fluid into the Gulf of Mexico. The company suspended work at the Appomattox discovery, which leaked synthetic and biodegradable drilling mud from […]

Shell Reports Gulf Drilling Spill

By DANIEL GILBERT HOUSTON—Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Monday said it had temporarily abandoned a deepwater well in the Gulf of Mexico after it spilled 319 barrels of fluid used to drill the well. A company spokeswoman said the leak on its Deepwater Nautilus rig occurred Sunday while drilling the well in about 7,200 feet […]

Spill reported at Shell Gulf of Mexico drill site

HOUSTON | Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:13pm EST (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating a 13,000-gallon spill from an oil rig leased to Shell, operating about 26 miles southeast of last year’s BP Plc Macondo oil well disaster, a Coast Guard spokesman said on Monday. The spill of either drilling fluid or oil […]

Royal Dutch Shell shuts rig after leak of drilling fluid

First Posted: December 19, 2011 NEW ORLEANS — Royal Dutch Shell says it has shut down an offshore drilling rig off the coast of Alabama following a leak of drilling fluid. Shell says 319 barrels of the synthetic and biodegradable fluid leaked from a booster line. The Coast Guard says the leak was reported Sunday […]

Lessons of the Deepwater Horizon

A version of this editorial appeared in print on December 19, 2011, on page A28 of the New York edition The latest investigative report on the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, released Wednesday, is an important reminder of industry’s past carelessness and a summons to vigilance in the future. It could not […]

Shell gets off on a technicality after U.S. jury finds Shell committed fraud

By John Donovan Printed below is a Texas Supreme Court judgement dated 16 December 2011 overturning, on a technicality, a jury finding that Shell Oil Company knowingly committed royalty payment fraud. Texas Supreme Court Judges have taken the view that the plaintiff family should have discovered the fraud. They concluded that the “alleged” fraud “could” […]

Integrity of Wikipedia corporate articles corrupted by editing scandal

On 12th October 2010, I published an article containing the warning: “…it is only a matter of time before the culture of subterfuge and deception at Wikipedia results in a scandal.” My prediction has come to pass… By John Donovan Jimmy Wales is to be congratulated on being the joint founder of Wikipedia and for […]

Four dead, 49 missing as Russian oil rig overturns off Sakhalin

At least four people have died and 49 are still missing after an oil rig overturned in the Sea of Okhotsk in the Russian Far East, the regional emergencies service reported on Sunday. The Kolskaya drilling rig with 67 people aboard was being towed in a severe storm, when it overturned and sank some 200 […]

Royal Dutch Shell’s Interest indicates Major Shift for Low Energy Nuclear Reactions

Shell also seeks oil deal with Libyan NATO-rebels. From: New Energy Times Blog By Steven B. Krivit Royal Dutch Shell, plc, one of the largest energy companies in the world, is interested in exploring low-energy nuclear reaction research as a possible game-changer in the energy business. Two Shell scientists, Anitha Sarkar and Gilles Buchs, with […]

Conditional OK for Shell’s Alaska offshore oil plan

HOUSTON | Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:38pm EST (Reuters) – The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday conditionally approved Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc’s revised plan to drill six oil exploration wells in the Chukchi Sea offshore of Alaska next year, the agency said in a news release. The conditional approval does not […]

Shell Wins Conditional U.S. Backing for Chukchi Sea Oil Plan

December 16, 2011, 5:06 PM EST By Jim Snyder Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc won conditional U.S. approval for a plan to drill as many as six exploration wells in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea next year, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said. Final approval requires Shell to meet safety and environmental-protection measures, […]

Gulf Gasoline Rises Amid Problems at Shell, Delek Refineries

December 16, 2011, 3:11 PM EST By Paul Burkhardt Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) — Gulf Coast gasoline rose for a fifth straight session as Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Delek US Holdings Inc. reported refinery problems in Texas and Louisiana. Shell reported an “operations upset” at the Norco, Louisiana, refinery when furnaces were swapped yesterday, according […]

Shell Plans to Seek Commitments on Westward Ho Pipeline Project

By Paul Burkhardt Dec. 16, 2011 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to seek binding commitments to transport oil on its proposed Westward Ho pipeline after receiving enough interest from shippers, the company said in a statement. Shell plans to conduct an open season for commitments in early 2012 to ship on the 30-inch […]

Shell investing billions in Alaska to chase ‘giant’ offshore opportunity

By Lisa Demer, McClatchy Newspapers December 16, 2011 11:05 AM NEW ORLEANS — Standing in front of a brightly coloured, 3-D image of the geology far below the floor of the Chukchi Sea, Steve Phelps pointed to the “giant opportunity” that has prompted Shell to pour billions of dollars into the Alaska Arctic. “Burger — […]

Senator seeks DOI oversight for Arctic OCS air

The Associated Press December 15, 2011, 5:46PM ET By DAN JOLING ANCHORAGE, Alaska Pollution emitted from drilling ships and support vessels in Arctic waters would be regulated by the Interior Department instead of the Environmental Protection Agency under language inserted into a spending bill by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. The Alaska Republican announced the move […]

Shell’s Arrow Energy Cleared by Australia, China to Purchase Bow

December 16, 2011, 2:21 AM EST By James Paton Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) — Arrow Energy Ltd., the natural gas producer owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and PetroChina Co., won approval from Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board to buy Bow Energy Ltd. for A$535 million ($534 million). The transaction was also cleared by Chinese authorities, […] Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

Mike Sacks [email protected] First Posted: 12/15/11 12:53 PM ET Updated: 12/15/11 01:25 PM ET WASHINGTON — A multinational oil company will be coming to the Supreme Court this winter to argue that corporations are not “natural persons” and therefore cannot be held liable for committing international human rights violations such as torture, extrajudicial killings and crimes […]

Shell enters shale oil and gas project in Argentina

Shell has agreed to partner with Argentina’s Medanito on a shale oil and natural gas project in southwestern Argentina, with plans to invest at least $200 million over the next five years, a person involved in the deal said Thursday.

GOP seeks to strip EPA offshore drilling oversight

Dec. 15, 2011, 1:12 p.m. EST By Tennille Tracy WASHINGTON -(MarketWatch)- House Republicans are trying to sideline the role of the Environmental Protection Agency in overseeing offshore oil drilling, after Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA, RDSA.LN) complained about the amount of time it is taking the company to secure air-quality permits for drilling in the […]

Shell’s Brazil Venture Reaches Accord With BP on Jet-Fuel Assets

By Arnaldo Galvao and Lucia Kassai – Dec 15, 2011 4:38 PM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Cosan Industria & Comercio SA’s joint venture in Brazil has reached a preliminary accord to sell its jet-fuel unit to BP Plc, the nation’s antitrust regulator said today. The venture, called Raizen, was granted an additional […]

Shell Wins Emissions Reduction Advertising Battle

December 15, 2011 The U.K.’s advertising watchdog has ruled in favor of oil giant Shell over claims it made in a magazine advert that its biofuels reduced CO2 emissions. Nonprofit ActionAid UK had challenged that the advert, which called the fuels “one of the most effective ways of reducing CO2 from cars and trucks today,” […]

Shell Canada sells 250 Gas Stations

Sobeys buys Shell gas stations in Atlantic Canada, Que. The Canadian Press:  Thu Dec. 15 2011 2:44:52 PM STELLARTON, N.S. — The Sobeys grocery store chain is expanding its gasoline retailing business with the purchase of 250 gas stations in Atlantic Canada and Quebec from Shell Canada. Canada’s second-biggest grocery chain already has gas bars […]

Cuadrilla admits drilling caused Blackpool earthquakes

Private company Cuadrilla Resources has admitted that its activities probably caused two “seismic events” that occured in Blackpool earlier this year. By Garry White 12:36PM GMT 02 Nov 2011 In April, a tremor measuring 2.3 on the Richter scale was felt in the Lancashire seaside resort, followed by an event in May that measured 1.5 […]

Add Quakes to Rumblings Over Gas Rush

By HENRY FOUNTAIN A version of this article appeared in print on December 13, 2011, on page D1 of the New York edition YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Until this year, this Rust Belt city and surrounding Mahoning County had been about as dead, seismically, as a place can be, without even a hint of an earthquake […]

Could Chinese Shale Mean the End of U.S. Shale Gas Boom?

By Pierre Bertrand | December 12, 2011 5:47 PM EST China‘s natural gas industry is still developing, but already it is showing signs that worry some players in the U.S. Last week, Royal Dutch Shell and Chinese officials announced the company found shale gas in two wells in the Shichuan province, and that production was […]