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Lawsuit for Release of Key Arctic Offshore Safety Data

Press Release For Immediate Release:  August 30, 2012 Contact:  Kirsten Stade (202) 265-7337 Lawsuit for Release of Key Arctic Offshore Safety Data Testing Results for New Blowout Capping System Sought “Crucial” safety data on response to an offshore oil rig blowout in icy Arctic waters has not been released as required by law, according to […]

Shell Shuts-In Nigeria Pipeline To Nembe Creek Flow Station

By Obafemi Oredein: Published August 31, 2012: Dow Jones Newswires IBADAN, Nigeria –Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSB.LN) Nigerian unit has closed off a pipeline into the Nembe Creek-2 flow station after a leak was discovered two days ago, a company spokesman said Friday. The leak was observed on the flowline Wednesday, and booms quickly deplored […]

Shell can start drill prep in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea

By DAN JOLING, Associated Press: 31 August 2012 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC has been given a permit to begin preparation work at exploratory drilling sites in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast while it awaits certification for its oil spill response barge, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Thursday. “We are […]

U.S. to allow Shell to begin prep work for drilling in Arctic

WASHINGTON | Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:10pm EDT (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) will be allowed to begin some “limited” drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, the U.S. government said on Thursday, as the company struggled to keep its Arctic exploration plans this year alive. The U.S. Interior Department said Shell will be permitted to […]

Feds give Shell green light to launch Arctic drilling

Posted August 30, 2012 by Jennifer A. Dlouhy The Obama administration on Thursday agreed to immediately allow Shell to launch drilling in Arctic waters, even though a critical oil spill containment barge is still a two-week trek away. Administration officials stressed that the company would only be allowed to begin initial site work and drilling, […]

Exxon, Shell Said Seeking Control of $46 Billion Kashagan Field

By Nariman Gizitdinov on August 30, 2012 Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) are seeking bigger stakes in the Kashagan oil field and operating control before starting to expand the $46 billion project, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Exxon and Shell also want Kazakhstan’s government to extend […]

U.S. To Allow Shell To Do ‘Preparatory’ Activities in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea

By Ryan Tracy: August 30, 2012 WASHINGTON–The U.S. Interior Department said Thursday it will allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) to do ” preparatory” work on an oil well in the Chukchi Sea while still holding back on a final permit for drilling deep enough to find oil. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the […]

Shell Causes Earthquakes in the Netherlands

FROM OUR AUGUST 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE BLOOMBERG: Shell Causes Earthquakes in the Netherlands “Northern Netherlands Trembles as Gas Extraction Triggers Quakes: The entire area is sinking…” Posted 30 August 2005 Northern Netherlands Trembles as Gas Extraction Triggers Quakes Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) — Arie de Langen says he never thought he’d have to worry about […]

Retired Shell engineer played central role in reserves scandal

FROM OUR AUGUST 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE Financial Times: Retired Shell engineer played central role “the company had been engaged in accounting manoeuvres since 1997-98, including a flawed internal audit function”; “Shell had engaged as [group reserves auditor] a retired Shell petroleum engineer – who worked only part time and was provided with limited resources […]

Carson neighborhood calls on Shell to take action on underground oil

Elex Michaelson CARSON, Calif. (KABC) — An environmental controversy surfaces again in Carson, where the city is locked in a legal battle with an oil giant. Residents say oil and chemicals are oozing up again from the ground in their neighborhoods. AT&T crews came to look at a phone line and what they found underground […]

Africa Gas Rush Imperils $100 Billion in Australian LNG

By Eduard Gismatullin and James Paton on August 29, 2012 The discovery along Africa’s east coast of the world’s biggest gas finds in a decade threatens to undo investment plans on the other side of the Indian Ocean. Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), BG Group Plc (BG/) of the U.K. and France’s Total SA (FP) […]

Russia: Shell-Shocked From U.S. Shale Over Shtokman

  By Matthew Hulbert, Contributor 8/29/2012 It’s been coming for a long time, but Gazprom has finally canned its 3.9tcm Shtokman gas development in the Barents Sea. France’s Total and Norway’s Statoil can breathe a collective sigh of relief as Gazprom’s triumvirate partners, ducking out of an increasingly expensive $20bn Arctic development. But as far […]

In Arctic, Greenpeace picks new fight with old foe

By Karl Ritter on August 29, 2012 STOCKHOLM (AP) — Global warming has ignited a rush to exploit Arctic resources — and Greenpeace is determined to thwart that stampede. Employing the same daredevil tactics it has used against nuclear testing or commercial whaling, the environmental group is now dead-set on preventing oil companies from profiting […]

Shell: A shell game on drilling Arctic waters

By Joel Connelly: August 28, 2012 Shell Oil is asking the federal government to prolong the season for its exploratory drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea by at least two weeks, and to start work before a spill containment barge arrives in Arctic waters from its retrofit in Bellingham. The oil giant has shelled out $4.5 […]

High Stakes for Shell in Alaska

Shell’s containment barge waits to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska. Associated Press: August 28, 2012 Oil companies are used to being hostages to fortune. Pumping crude out of the world’s volatile hotspots and undertaking prospecting in deep waters mean firms like Royal Dutch Shell are old hands at juggling risks. But […]

Shell seeks extension of Alaska Chukchi drill season

Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:59pm GMT * Company hampered by logistics * Needs to make progress soon to beat Arctic ice * Working toward first Chukchi drilling in two decades By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is seeking permission to extend its Arctic drilling season as it struggles with […]

Tar Sands – World’s Dirtiest Oil?

GUEST ARTICLE BY A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR, A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL CO I read your article about the concern over the management of Royal Dutch Shell’s tailings ponds that result from the open-pit mining of heavy tar deposits in Alberta.   There are many lessons for the Canadian and Provincial governments to be learned […]

Shell ramps up Qatari gas-to-diesel money machine

Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:38am EDT * Pearl GTL ramping up to full production * Plant is world’s biggest gas-to-liquids facility * Project development cost Shell $18-19 billion * High oil price, free gas input make it a money-spinner By Andrew Callus and Peg Mackey STAVANGER/LONDON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – – A Qatari project that […]

NICE Shell Fizzback

NICE Fizzback Voice of the Customer Solution is Helping Shell UK Retail Increase Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty Across its Business RA’ANANA, Israel, August 28, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) today announced that the retail division of Shell UK Oil Products (Shell), Royal Dutch Shell plc’s largest global group of energy and petrochemical […]

The Shell Show, a tragicomedy in an unlimited number of parts

FROM OUR AUGUST 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE The Daily Telegraph: The landslide bringing down Shell grandees The SEC and FSA reports, however, go back to the previous regime, when Sir Mark Moody-Stuart was chairman.”: Even Shell fell for the “group bonding” mumbo-jumbo, and he was videoed stumbling blindfold around head office during one such session, […]

Arctic sea ice hits record low, scientists say

By Juliet Eilperin, Monday, August 27, 5:28 PM NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – This visualization shows the extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26, the day the sea ice dipped to its smallest extent ever recorded in more than three decades of satellite measurements. The line on the image shows the average minimum extent from […]

Shell Seeks to Extend ’12 Oil-Drilling Time in U.S. Chukchi Sea

By Katarzyna Klimasinska on August 27, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) is seeking additional drilling time in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska as delays have cost the company about two months of exploration this year. Shell has spent $4.5 billion to obtain drilling rights, purchase equipment and procure permits from various federal agencies in […]

Federal scientists still wary of Shell’s Jackpine oilsands expansion

Documents reveal concerns ahead of fall public hearings into northern Alberta mine expansion The Canadian Press: Posted: Aug 27, 2012 12:18 PM ET A demonstration tailings pond in Shell’s Muskeg River oilsands mine in northern Alberta. The company’s ability to store the byproducts of oilsands extraction in a manner that doesn’t harm the environment is […]

Shell seeks more time to drill exploratory well in Chukchi Sea

Shell says the Arctic Challenger will likely complete renovations in Bellingham, Wash., this week and set sail for Alaska (Handout photo / August 26, 2012) By Kim Murphy: August 26, 2012, 4:24 p.m. GIRDWOOD, Alaska — With its bid to launch offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean running up against a deadline to protect against […]

Report claims Shell paid warlords and militants not to attack its pipelines in the Niger Delta

By Rob Davies: PUBLISHED: 21:53, 26 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:54, 26 August 2012 Shell paid warlords and militants not to attack its pipelines in the Niger Delta, contributing to armed violence in the troubled region, according to a new report. According to evidence obtained from leaked US Embassy cables and interviews with local people, […]

Exclusive: Iraq pipeline delays threaten Shell’s Majnoon

Published: Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | 9:40 AM ET BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Delays in Iraq’s pipeline construction threaten to stall production at Royal Dutch Shell’s <RDSa.L> Majnoon oilfield for at least three months, forcing the field to miss a 2012 target of 175,000 barrels per day, oil ministry documents showed.Wary of losses, Shell has asked […]

Nigeria hits Shell with $1.5bn bill

Daily Telegraph: Nigeria hits Shell with $1.5bn bill “Shell and Nigeria’s state oil company would ultimately be forced to increase environmental spending in the country.” By James Moore (Filed: 26/08/2004) Shell faced fresh regulatory difficulties yesterday as the Nigerian Senate called on it to pay $1.5 billion (£840m) in compensation to pollution-hit communities living near […]

Federal scientists still concerned over Shell’s Jackpine oilsands expansion

 By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press  | August 26, 2012 EDMONTON – Regulatory documents indicate federal scientists still have significant concerns over Shell’s proposed Jackpine oilsands mine expansion even as the project heads into public hearings. Five years after Shell Canada first proposed the 100,000-barrel-a-day project, it has been finally scheduled to go before a joint federal-provincial […]

Nigeria: Shell’s Oily Friendship With Human Rights Abusers

The leak of documents from Shell reveal its deep financial ties to human rights abusers. Shell spent at least $383 million on security in Nigeria between 2007 and 2009, or a substantial 40% of the company’s billion-dollar global security spending, according to internal financial data leaked to oil watchdog Platform. Shell’s leaked data is analysed in a […]

Why Libya’s ‘sweet’ crude oil is not enough to tempt BP or Shell

Libya is now producing 1.5m barrels of high-quality oil a day. But with exploration by BP and Shell so far disappointing, British involvement in the country remains slow Terry Macalister: The Observer, Sunday 26 August 2012 A decade ago Libya was at the centre of dramatic stories alleging cloak-and-dagger diplomacy between then-BP boss Lord Browne, […]

Discoverer drillship sets sail for Shell’s Arctic leases

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm by Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Alaska The Noble Discoverer began a one-week trek to the Chukchi Sea on Saturday afternoon, moving Shell one step closer to drilling for oil in Arctic waters this summer. The drillship, which left Dutch Harbor for Shell’s Chukchi drilling site on Saturday […]

Obama Admininstration Backs Shell in Supreme Court Case

by Puck Lo, CorpWatch Blog August 24th, 2012 The Obama administration is backing Shell Oil after abruptly changing sides in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that could make it even more difficult for survivors of human rights abuses overseas to sue multinational corporations in federal courts. The case will be heard on October 1. […]

Solitary part-timer conducted group audit

FROM OUR AUGUST 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE The Guardian: Solitary part-timer conducted group audit “The FSA makes clear that Shell’s reserves difficulties began in 1997” Terry Macalister Wednesday August 25, 2004 The crucial auditing of Shell’s global oil and gas reserves was undertaken by one part-time engineer. The revelation comes in the report by the […]

Shell settles fraud case for $150M

FROM OUR AUGUST 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE CNN: Shell settles fraud case for $150M Oil company agrees to pay SEC for overstating reserves, also settles market abuse case in Britain. August 24, 2004 NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – Royal Dutch/Shell has agreed to pay about $150 million to settle charges by U.S. and British regulators that […]

Shell still wrestling with its moment of shame

FROM OUR AUGUST 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE The Independent: Shell still wrestling with its moment of shame “Shell is bluntly accused of making false and misleading statements about its oil reserves over a five-year period, of doing so despite internal warnings that the statements were false” JEREMY WARNER United Kingdom; Aug 25, 2004 SHELL CAN […]

Shell hoping for big returns in offshore oil exploration

CTV Atlantic Published Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 7:10PM ADT A company that pioneered exploration off Nova Scotia in the 1960s is back in a big way, but Shell isn’t interested in natural gas. It wants oil, and it plans on spending $970-million looking for it as part of the second largest exploration project in the […]

Shell: security spending or dirty work?

Shell: security spending or dirty work? Published on : 23 August 2012 – 11:49am | By Saskia Houttuin (Photos: AFP/ANP) Leaked documents show that Dutch-British oil and gas company Shell financed Nigeria’s security forces, which are often seen as corrupt and involved in human rights violations. A Dutch political party raised questions, calling Shell’s financing […]

John Donovan and Sakhalin Energy

By John Donovan 23 August 2012 Interesting to note that within hours of the Shell’s Enemy No. 1 feature being published on YouTube and this website earlier today, comment about the development was widely circulated by an enigmatic third party to senior people at Sakhalin Energy, Gazprom, the Russian Federal Government and other  major Sakhalin/Russia […]

WIPO panel allows use of SHELL trade marks in domain names of gripe websites

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE FOR AUGUST 2005 Practical Law Company: WIPO panel allows use of SHELL trade marks in domain names of criticism websites “Tuesday 23 August 2005 The World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Arbitration and Mediation Centre has refused to order the transfer of the domain names, and from a registrant […]

Shell’s Enemy No. 1

httpvh:// Feature about John Donovan in European Journal  TV programme broadcast in English language across Europe in May 2012 European Journal is a 30 minute magazine on DW that delivers the inside take — reports on important political, economic and cultural developments in the EU with a strong focus on the European integration process. European […]

The Kulluk Leaves Dutch Harbor for the Beaufort Sea

Shell Oil Pushes Ahead with Arctic Drilling: The Kulluk Leaves Dutch Harbor for the Beaufort Sea Rhonda McBride11:14 p.m. AKDT, August 21, 2012 ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Shell Oil could be gambling big with its latest move. Its Kulluk drilling ship left Dutch Harbor on Monday, heading to the Arctic on an uncertain journey. Shell says its […]

Demand an end to Shell’s human rights abuses‏

EMAIL CIRCULATED BY PLATFORM LONDON.ORG DEMANDS AN END TO SHELL’S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 22:24:21 +0100 Subject: Demand an end to Shell’s human rights abuses From: [email protected] To: Dear friends, Over the past 48 hours, Shell’s active role in human rights abuses in Nigeria has been exposed in a new Platform […]

Royal Dutch Shell flags Australian cost pressure

By Ross Kelly SYDNEY–A senior Royal Dutch Shell PLC RDS.B -0.08% executive said Wednesday the cost of building energy projects in Australia is becoming “very worrisome” as the European oil giant prepares to decide whether it will spend billions more dollars in the resource-rich nation. Shell has already committed almost US$30 billion to Australian gas-export […]

Arctic rig departs, Shell meets with US regulators on change of plans

Alex DeMarban | Aug 21, 2012 Attempting to salvage a shortened drilling season in the Arctic, Royal Dutch Shell is working with federal regulators on a plan that might allow it to do some preparatory drilling soon, according to Financial Times. In anticipation, on Monday Shell’s drilling rig, the Kulluk, departed Dutch Harbor, in the […]

Shell Canada to go ahead with Kitimat LNG projects despite billion-dollar Chinese gas investment

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun: August 21, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell’s decision to invest $1 billion a year in shale gas exploration in China has not changed Shell Canada’s plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal at Kitimat aimed at the Chinese market. Despite China’s potential for shale gas production, demand there is expected […]

Article by Charles Wiwa – Governor Amaechi and the War on Ogoni

Governor Amaechi and the War on Ogoni – by Charles Wiwa Published 21 August 2012  “Our Lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” These were Martin Luther King Jr’s summation on the injustice suffered by Blacks in America during the Civil Rights era. To many, such an era may […]

Shell achieves production milestone at oil sands operations

By Shell Canada Limited Published: Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 – 10:06 am CALGARY, Aug. 20, 2012 — /CNW/ – Shell, as operator of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP), today announced that its oil sands operations have achieved the production milestone of 500 million barrels since production began in 2003. “This is a tremendous achievement […]

Shell plans at least $1 billion a year China shale gas investment

Chen Aizhu and Judy Hua Reuters: 6:27 a.m. CDT, August 21, 2012 BEIJING (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell plans to spend at least $1 billion a year exploiting China’s potentially vast resources of shale gas, the firm’s top China executive said, part of an aggressive strategy to expand in the world’s biggest energy market. Shell […]

Data leak reveals Shell’s deep financial links to human rights abusers in Nigeria

By Ben Amunwa: August 19, 2012 Shell spent at least $383 million on security in Nigeria between 2007 and 2009, according to company data leaked to oil watchdog Platform.[1] Shell’s leaked data is analysed in a new Platform briefing, Dirty Work: Shell’s security spending in Nigeria and beyond, which shows that a substantial amount of […]

Shell paid Nigeria millions to guard oil facilities: group

US diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks indicated some of the company’s funds were channelled to militant groups in the Delta, according to Platform’s report. 20 August 2012 LAGOS — An oil industry watchdog said Monday that Shell paid Nigeria’s military and police $65 million over two years to secure company facilities, alleging the firm had […]

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