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Posts from ‘July, 2012’

Shell lorry carrying tunnel-boring equipment blocking Co Mayo crossroads

Updated: 18:40, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 A truck carrying specialist tunnel-boring equipment the Shell refinery project at Bellanaboy is blocking the the Glenamoy crossroads in Co Mayo. A truck carrying specialist tunnel-boring equipment the Shell refinery project at Bellanaboy is blocking the the Glenamoy crossroads in Co Mayo. The truck got into difficulty while navigating […]

Alaska election: Shell dives into state politics and ‘super PACs’ emerge

Amanda Coyne | Jul 31, 2012 As Royal Dutch Shell prepares to explore for offshore oil in Alaska’s Arctic, the company is also waging an effort against a ballot initiative that supporters say would restore the voice of Alaskans in federal coastal decisions. Shell has contributed $150,000 to the Vote No on 2 campaign, which […]

Shell Oil scales back Arctic drilling plan, now looking at 2 wells for 2012

By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 9:55 PM ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Shell Oil Co. is downsizing its plan for off-shore drilling in the Arctic this year amid delays completing a spill containment barge required by the federal government, a spokesman said Tuesday. Shell now hopes to complete two wells in 2012 instead of five. One would […]

Residents were right about Shell noise levels

Áine Ryan THE Department of Environment has confirmed that high-pitch noises emanating from works on the controversial Corrib Gas project in north-west Mayo exceeded permitted levels. Over the June Bank holiday weekend, some residents were forced to leave the area due to the noise, which was described at the time as ‘unbearable’ by septuagenarian Ena […]

Ogoni Autonomy Gets D-Day

General Assembly sets 2nd August 2012 for Ogoni Political Autonomy The date to decide the destiny of Ogoni people in southern Nigeria is set to be on the 2nd of August, 2012. It means Ogonis will observe every 2nd of August each year as a day of internal independence in Nigeria. This will be the […]

A Big Chill for Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans

A series of mishaps is putting billions of spending in jeopardy Jul 31, 2012, 9:12 am EDT  |  By Aaron Levitt, InvestorPlace Contributor With energy demand not abating anytime soon, energy companies have gone looking far and wide (and deep) for new oil and gas reserves to meet that demand. Perhaps the most ambitious — and costly […]

Activists fire volley at Shell over coral in Arctic

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: Published 09:56 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2012 WASHINGTON – Environmental activists are keeping the pressure on Shell Oil Co. as it inches closer to launching exploratory drilling in Arctic waters north of Alaska. Greenpeace activists and marine biologists conducting research in the area documented thick accumulations of soft coral in the Chukchi […]

Showa Shell continuing to import Iranian crude

TOKYO, July 31 | Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:01pm IST Japan’s Showa Shell cuts Iran oil imports from last year (Reuters) – Japanese refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu KK has been importing less Iranian crude oil than last year’s average of 100,000 barrels per day (bpd), in line with U.S. sanctions against the Islamic nation, a […]

Shell machine stuck at crossroads

YOUTUBE VIDEO AINE RYAN: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 A large tunnel boring machine brought in by Shell to dig a 4.9km tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay inland to the Bellanaboy gas processing terminal is stuck at a crossroads in Co Mayo as it is too large to navigate the narrow roads. Thee specialist tunnelling equipment was […]

Shell demonstration of capping stack successfully completed in Gulf of Mexico.

By Zarina de Ruiter: Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 09:34 Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A), Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have announced the successful demonstration of the industry’s ability to respond to a deepwater well control incident in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. John Hollowell, […]

Shell to Sea protest: Scuffles at Corrib gas project as tunneling equipment arrives

CLICK ON BBC NEWS PHOTO TO ENLARGE By Sarah Stack Tuesday July 31 2012 THERE was a tense stand-off between protesters and gardai today as a machine to tunnel under a picturesque bay was brought in by contractors for Shell. Scuffles broke out as a huge Garda convoy escorted specialist tunnelling equipment as it travelled […]

Delays In Bellingham Curtail Arctic Oil Drilling

By John Ryan Shell Oil is scaling back its plans for drilling in the Arctic Ocean this year. Icy conditions in the far North and construction problems in Bellingham have delayed the company’s efforts. KUOW’s John Ryan reports from Seattle. Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser announced on Thursday that Shell only expects to drill […]

Shell Oil puts Arctic wildlife at risk

By DAVID YARNOLD: Monday 30 July 2012 If you thought the pictures of scum-covered Brown Pelicans in the Gulf of Mexico were heartbreaking, just wait for the first drilling disaster in Alaska’s frozen arctic waters and coastline. We know so little about this deep freeze of an environment that America’s best scientists and experts say […]

Canada’s Oil, the World’s Carbon

A version of this editorial appeared in print on July 30, 2012, on page A18 of the New York edition Last month, the State Department formally invited public comment on the issues it should consider in a new environmental assessment of the Keystone XL, a 1,200-mile pipeline that would connect the Alberta oil sands to […]