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Shell Oil Seeks Restraining Order Against Greenpeace

February 28, 2012|By Chris Klint | Channel 2 News ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Shell Oil is requesting a temporary restraining order against Greenpeace to protect its planned offshore drilling operations in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, after protesters with the environmental group delayed the departure of a crucial drillship from a New Zealand port Thursday. According […]

Court skeptical about overseas corporate abuse suits

By Robert Barnes, Wednesday, February 29, 1:07 AM A majority of the Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed disinclined to allow human rights advocates to sue corporations in American courts over allegations that the companies might be complicit in atrocities committed overseas. About a dozen Nigerians charge that Shell Oil’s parent company aided and abetted the Ni­ger­ian government […]

Corporate Rights and Human Rights

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum over whether corporations can be sued for human rights violations overseas. The plaintiffs filed suit in the United States under the Alien Tort Statute, a law enacted by Congress in 1789, that empowers the federal courts to hear cases by foreigners bringing […]

Supreme Court hears corporate human rights case

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – A number of Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism on Tuesday that corporations can be sued in the United States for alleged complicity in human rights abuses abroad, a case with important financial, legal and international implications. The high court during arguments considered limiting the reach of a 1789 U.S. law […]

Shell Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Bar Human-Rights Suit

By Bob Van Voris Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the company can’t be sued by Nigerians seeking damages for torture and murders committed by their government in the early 1990s. The high court in Washington is considering whether companies are exempt from two statutes […]

Hold Shell accountable for human rights abuses in Nigeria

Posted on February 28, 2012 by Ben Amunwa A global coalition of NGOs, human rights monitors, academics and analysts have joined Platform in sending a letter to the Board members of Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Nigeria which holds Shell to account for its role in recent human rights abuses in Nigeria. Below is a […]

Shell Crimes in Nigeria: The case for the defence

“Philip Watts, the reserves fraudster who was later forced to resign as Shell Group Chairman with a $18.5 million pension pot, helped to organise and pay for a virtual private army.  Shell engaged in militarised commerce in a conspiracy with the military regime in Nigeria.” By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell crimes against humanity in […]

Shell’s complicity in torture and extrajudicial killing

If corporations have rights then surely they have responsibilities too. Yet in a case before the Supreme Court Feb. 28, lawyers for petroleum giant Shell will argue that corporations are immune from laws that prohibit complicity in human rights violations and crimes against humanity. As a human rights lawyer who has helped survivors of torture, […]

Shell’s ‘Crime Syndicate’ Russian Partner

The Moscow Times: It gained some LNG production after it muscled in on Royal Dutch Shell’s Sakhalin project…

Shell Oil must aid workers abused overseas

By Marco Simons, Special to CNN February 27, 2012 — Updated 1932 GMT (0332 HKT) Editor’s note: Marco Simons is the legal director at EarthRights International (ERI), a nongovernmental organization dedicated to protection of human rights and the environment worldwide. Marco oversees ERI’s Legal Program, which aims to hold corporations and other actors accountable for […]

Rock-Heating for Oil Pits Shell Against Environmentalists

A proposal to tap the world’s largest oil-shale deposits in the western U.S. by heating rocks until petroleum sweats out has become the latest election-year conflict over energy policy.

Xena’s squeeze on Voser

The Sunday Times: Business Section Page 10: February 26, 2012 Xena’s squeeze on Voser ROYAL DUTCH SHELL must have thought it had done the hard work when it won permits from the US government to drill for oil in Alaska. Not so fast. There are still some fearsome opponents to be conquered, including Xena, the […]




Some of the claims were; violation of customary international law for human right abuses, corporate bullying, aiding and abetting the Nigerian government in committing genocide against the Ogoni people, bribery and corruption STATEMENT ISSUED BY NATIONAL UNION OF OGONI STUDENTS, USA (NUOS INTL. USA) 3046 W. 77TH STREET (ANNEX) CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60652 Ph. 773. 863. […]

Justices to weigh foreigners’ suits against companies

In 2009, Shell paid $15.5 million to settle a separate lawsuit filed in New York under the Alien Tort Statute and alleging that the oil giant was complicit in the executions of Saro-Wiwa and the others. Justices to weigh foreigners’ suits against companies By Mark Sherman: Associated Press Sunday, February 26, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — […]

Sir John Rose joins intelligence specialist Hakluyt

n 2001, it faced controversy when it was alleged to have employed an operative to infiltrate environmental groups on behalf of BP and Shell.

Getting Arctic Drilling Right

A version of this editorial appeared in print on February 26, 2012, on page SR10 of the New York edition Oil drilling off the North Slope of Alaska now seems virtually a sure thing. This month, the Interior Department gave tentative approval to Shell’s plans for responding to a potential spill in the Chukchi Sea, […]

A brush with Brinded

“I confirm that in my experience Shell UK operates oppressively against small business people.  Its staff has acted unscrupulously and possibly illegally. The tactics of Shell UK management is completely opposite to the honesty and integrity promised by Shell in its code of ethics.” By John Donovan At the 1999 Shell AGM in London, Malcolm […]

Stop Shell’s Arctic Drilling – Greenpeace climbers on the National Gallery


Bribery of Nigerian officials fueled by ambition, ego and alcohol

Mr. Stanley was sentenced to 2½ years in prison, three years after he pleaded guilty to orchestrating $180 million in bribes to Nigerian officials between 1995 and 2004. He oversaw the bribes and made several trips to Nigeria to meet with senior officials where his role, according to federal prosecutors, was to figure out who to bribe.

Preview-US top court to hear corporate human rights case

Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:12pm EST * At issue is reach of 1789 US law used to sue corps * Lawsuit accuses Shell of aiding Nigerian rights abuses * Ruling expected by the end of June By James Vicini WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court will weigh next week whether corporations can be […]

Shell to close Wood River blending plant

ROXANA – Shell Oil Co. says it plans to close its oil blending and packaging plant, resulting in loss of 83 local jobs and bringing to an end the company’s direct presence in the area, which dates back almost a century.

Is Shell The Equivalent Of Nazi-Era Firm? Legally, Perhaps

2/24/2012 @ 11:38AM Daniel Fisher, Forbes Staff Next Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case that asks whether former residents of Nigeria’s Ogani region can sue Shell in U.S. court over human-rights abuses committed by local government forces. The decision may hinge on how justices view […]

Ice drilling madness: Lawless

The Xena: Warrior Princess star and six other Greenpeace protesters sneaked onto the Shell-contracted Noble Discoverer at Port Taranaki at dawn yesterday, climbing its 53-metre drilling tower and hoisting banners which read “Stop Shell” and “Save the Arctic”.

PTT Exploration Offers $1.7 Billion for Cove, Beating Shell

PTT Exploration offered 220 pence for each Cove share, 13 percent more than Shell’s proposal, according to a statement today. Cove surged 21 percent to 235 pence in London trading, indicating investors are betting on further bids.

Coast Guard Proposes Safety Zones Around Shell’s Drill Ships

Friday, February 24, 2012 The US Coast Guard is proposing a 500-meter safety zone around each of the two drill ships that Shell would use if its plans to spud exploratory wells in Alaska’s Chukchi and Beaufort Seas this summer are approved. Shell requested the zone to reduce any chances of vessel collisions outside of […]

Shell’s £1bn Africa punt

OIL giant SHELL stunned experts yesterday by bidding to boost its reserves with a £1billion gamble on Mozambique in East Africa.“This shows how desperate Shell are to boost reserves,” said one expert. Shell’s £1bn Africa punt Thursday, February 23, 2012 OIL giant SHELL stunned experts yesterday by bidding to boost its reserves with a £1billion […]

Our conclusion, Shell EP boss Malcolm Brinded was sacked

We must not feel too sorry for Malcolm. He has millions accumulated in his pension pot from FAT CAT bonuses etc to fall back on and has probably negotiated a great severance package to buy his silence.

Corrib Gas War: Candid Camera tactics in Irish Uprising

By John Donovan What is noticeable from the news dispatches reaching us today from the Corrib Gas War front-line is that both sides are video taping each other. The use of such technology in sensitive circumstances, reminds me of the surprise expressed by a Guardian newspaper journalist went he arrived to carry out an interview […]

Irish Police in Corrib Gas Flare up

httpv:// Hello Alfred, John Here’s a link to an article and video on a Corrib incident that happened to me this week. This is how Shell and their partners are building relations with the local community. John Monaghan

Shell Corrib Gas War Flares Up Again

The Irish Times – Friday, February 17, 2012 North Mayo residents protest at road disruption by Corrib gas haulage LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent NORTH MAYO residents have begun a series of protests to reclaim the road they say is being lost to the local community and overtaken by heavy traffic of working equipment and haulage […]

Sadistic Sacking of Shell Exploration & Production Boss

We can now read in a court deposition given under oath, the dramatic and emotional account by van de Vijver himself of how he was brutally pressurised into resigning by his colleagues, including Jeroen van der Veer. A masterclass in backstabbing.

Shell Bid Starts Race for African Gas Fields Bigger Than Norway’s: Energy

By Eduard Gismatullin and Fred Pals – Feb 23, 2012 9:45 AM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s $1.6 billion bid for Cove Energy Plc (COV) starts a race to develop natural-gas fields off Mozambique’s Indian Ocean coast that may hold more than Norway’s entire reserves. Winning Cove would give Shell an 8.5 percent stake […]

Was Brinded pushed?

The Financial Times has described the unexpected exit of Malcolm Brinded from Royal Dutch Shell, as a surprise. Probably an even a bigger surprise to Brinded bearing in mind that at 58, he is still a few years from retirement. It seems to have been a case of premature ejection.

Shell promotes Qatar chief to head upstream unit

Royal Dutch Shell promoted the head of its business in Qatar to director of international exploration and production, replacing a veteran who lost the race to the top job at Europe’s largest oil company. Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:04pm GMT * Brown to become director, upstream international * Malcolm Brinded to leave Shell by end […]

Shell Uganda employees block company sale

Thursday, February 23, 2012 By Andante Okanya Four employees of petroleum giant Shell Uganda have asked the High Court in Kampala to block its alleged sale. Anthony Ogalo (retail sales manager), Christine Busingye, Diana Kigozi, and Sam Bukenya say the company has deliberately refused to inform them about the details of its intended sale. In […]

Shell oil protesters climb National Gallery

Graphic from Greenpeace website Tuesday 21 February 2012 Environmental campaigners climbed to the roof of the National Gallery today to stage a protest against energy giant Shell. They scaled the gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square, where an evening reception is being held for Shell, saying they wanted to demonstrate against plans to drill for oil […]

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Kiobel et al vs. Royal Dutch Shell at the US Supreme Court

Ogoni rallying call… EDITED MESSAGE FROM OUR FRIEND, OGONI ACTIVIST, BEN IKARI (Ben is not particularly fond of Shell) Dear Ogonis, Friends and Supports of the Ogoni struggle living in the Washington, DC. area in particular. Please endeavor to attend the upcoming Ogoni case: Kiobel et al vs. Royal Dutch Shell. The hearing or argument […]

Shell Bids $1.6 Billion for African Oil Explorer Cove Energy

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, offered to buy African explorer Cove Energy Plc for 992.4 million pounds ($1.6 billion) to gain a foothold in Mozambique. Shell is offering 195 pence for each Cove share, a 26 percent premium to the closing price of the London-based company yesterday, according […]

Shell finds oil in deep U.S. waters

HOUSTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Shell announced that it encountered oil at its Appomattox discovery in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the Mississippi Canyon block. Shell said it encountered roughly 150 feet of oil pay in an appraisal well in the Mississippi Canyon block in about 7,257 feet of water. “We […]

Texas becomes a battleground in Keystone XL pipeline controversy

At least two Port Arthur refineries, Motiva Enterprises and Valero, would be on the receiving end of the 1,661-mile pipeline.

Shell’s E&P Director Brinded Steps Down to Be Replaced by Brown

By Eduard Gismatullin – Feb 22, 2012 9:31 AM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) said Malcolm Brinded, a 37-year veteran at the company, will step down as exploration and production director and be replaced by Andrew Brown, currently Shell’s Qatar chairman. Brinded, who worked as an executive director for almost 10 years, will leave […]

Scandal tainted Executive Director Malcolm Brinded ejected from Shell?

By John Donovan: Wednesday 22 February 2012 Seems we should change the poster to “NOT WANTED” Royal Dutch Shell has today announced the surprise departure of Executive Director Malcolm Brinded. The announcement does not say that he has retired from the company, but instead that he has “agreed to step down.” In other words, he […]

Malcolm Brinded departure from Royal Dutch Shell

22/02/2012: Shell announces today that Malcolm Brinded has agreed to step down as an Executive Director of the Company with effect from 1 April 2012. Mr Brinded has agreed to remain at Shell until 30 April 2012 in order to assist with the transition of his responsibilities. Mr Brinded is currently Executive Director Upstream International. […]

Shell EPA Permits for Alaska Drilling Challenged in Court

By Edvard Pettersson – Feb 21, 2012 8:34 PM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s air pollution permits for offshore oil drilling in Alaska were challenged by environmental groups who said the permits violate the U.S. Clean Air Act. The Alaska Wilderness League and eight other organizations filed a petition with the U.S. Court of […]

Shell settles South Africa cartel case

The Competition Commission of South Africa announced on Tuesday that it has reached settlement agreements with two major oil companies, namely Engen Petroleum Limited (Engen) and Shell South Africa Marketing (Pty) Limited (Shell) in which they admit to having fixed the price of bitumen with other oil companies. The commission said the two companies did […]

Shell says appetite for Nigeria exploration waning

Chief amongst complaints by Nigerians is the massive corruption in the sector, which siphons off billions of dollars… Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:03am EST * Oil theft, regulatory uncertainty holding back exploration * Nigeria could double output to 4 million bpd, Shell says * Oil minister admits problems, sees 2.68 million bpd soon By Joe […]

Brent oilfield to be decommissioned

Royal Dutch Shell’s Brent oilfield, among the largest fields ever found in the UK North Sea, is set to be decommissioned in the near future, a company official said on Tuesday.

EU to vote on oil sands pollution

BBC NEWS: European Union officials are expected to vote on draft legislation that would label Canadian fuel as more polluting than oil from other parts of the world. Oil extracted from “oil sands” is regarded by some as energy intensive and environmentally damaging.

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