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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 […]

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