Posts on ‘February 24th, 2012’
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 Nigerias 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 the skin-crawling comparison between Shell and I.G. Farben, the German chemicals conglomerate that actively participated in Nazi crimes. No ones accusing Shell of being another I.G. Farben, exactly the German company prospered in part on the labor of 50,000 slaves.
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 the normal shipping channels. The request was also made due to safety concerns for the Noble Discoverer crew, as well as the environment.
A 500-meter safety zone would be established around the mobile offshore drilling unit Noble Discoverer, which Shell has said it would use to drill exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea. The proposed zone would be established from July 1 through October 31. Coast Guard officials suggest that the safety zone will greatly reduce collision threats, which could result in oil spills or the release of natural gas.
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 gamble on Mozambique in East Africa.
It revealed a 195p per share offer for COVE ENERGY which holds an 8.5 per cent stake in one of the world’s biggest gas fields there.
It contains the equivalent in gas of more than TWO BILLION barrels of oil.
“This shows how desperate Shell are to boost reserves,” said one expert. Cove shares raced 25 per cent to 193.5p.
East Africa is one of the fastest growing frontiers for oil and gas exploration. Shell’s offer is one of only a handful of deals in the past decade.
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 at Shell London HQ about our activities.
First he discovered that it was not going to to be a one-to-one conversation. Instead Shell was represented by a Shell director, Shell internal and external lawyers and for good measure, someone from Shell media.
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.
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 associated with the Corrib gas project.
The residents, who are not aligned to any formal protest grouping, say they feel abandoned by the State and all its agencies.
The residents of Pollathomas, Aughoose, Lenamore, Aughagower, Barnacuillew and Glengad live along the L1202 coast road, which runs parallel to the Sruwaddacon estuary in inner Broadhaven Bay. The L1202 is currently one of the main haulage routes for work on the onshore Corrib gas pipeline.