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Allegations made against Allseas Group

“Any implication that Allseas is any way involved in, or supported by, a political agenda – including any reference to conspiracy, criminality and non-transparent business relationships – is completely unfounded and refuted in the strongest possible terms.” By John Donovan I was recently approached by a party who made serious allegations against the Swiss-based Allseas […]

Gripe Sites: Sue or Stew?

Extract from “Gripe Sites: Sue or Stew” By William G. Pecau Gripe sites can be more than forums for criticism. Because some are run by or receive contributions from former employees or anonymous current dissatisfied employees, some gripe sites have access to and post non- public information about a company or its employees. Some of […]

Shell shuts major oil pipeline in Nigeria

Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:56pm EDT (Reuters) – Shell’s Nigerian unit shut its Bonny oil pipeline and deferred 150,000 barrels per day of production on Sunday after oil thieves caused a fire, the company said. “Shell … has shut the 28-inch Bomu-Bonny Trunkline after discovering a fire on it early this morning,” a statement from […]

Insight: Three lawyers ask U.S. Supreme Court: Why here?

Rebecca Hamilton Reuters: 9:28 a.m. CDT, September 30, 2012(Reuters) – For more than three decades survivors of human rights abuses in foreign countries have turned to U.S. federal courts to seek justice. On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that could make that impossible. The case pits a Nigerian widow against a multinational […]

Shell hopeful on Arctic drilling despite setback

By Dan Joling on September 30, 2012 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The stars lined up — almost — for Shell Oil to drill exploratory wells this year in waters off Alaska’s north coast. The Arctic Ocean was on record pace for low sea ice. The Obama administration gave a qualified green light to drilling. Two […]

Shell Now Close to Drilling 2 Wells Simultaneously in Arctic Ocean

By Dan Fiorucci: 10:47 p.m. AKDT, September 29, 2012 ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Shell Oil is, tonight (Saturday), close to drilling 2 exploratory wells simultaneously in the Arctic Ocean. Drilling operations in the Beaufort Sea are currently awaiting the harvest of the third and last whale of the season by Inupiat Eskimoes. Once the final whale is […]

US Supreme court decides on Shell torture case

Published on Sunday September 30, 2012 “The Kiobel case was part of a broader set of legal complaints by Nigeria’s Ogoni people, who argued that Royal Dutch Shell was complicit in murder, torture and other abuses committed by the former military government.” The US Supreme Court is back in session tomorrow to tackle major social […]

Motiva says black woman failed to exhaust administrative perquisites before filing discrimination claim

by David Yates Motiva Enterprises is asserting that a Port Arthur woman failed to exhaust her administrative perquisites before filing a suit claiming the company discriminated against her by allowing a white male certain privileges. As previously reported, Carolyn Warwick, a black female, filed a lawsuit July 10 in Jefferson County District Court against Motiva […]

Transocean gets $7.6B deal with Shell for rigs

Posted on September 28, 2012 HOUSTON (AP) — Transocean Ltd. said Friday that Royal Dutch Shell has entered into 10-year contracts worth $7.6 billion for four ships that will be used to drill for oil in deep water. The estimated revenue backlog doesn’t include costs of putting the ships in service. Transocean said investment for […]

Selection of article links 29 Sept 2012

Selection of links to articles that may be of interest to our readers (Supplied by a regular contributor) Several human rights groups sued Shell Oil in 1996 for human rights abuses that included allegations of collaborating in the execution of members of the Ogoni tribe in Nigeria. Shell has never accepted liability for these abuses […]

Shell thought Gazprom would just be a junior partner in Sakhalin II

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE SEPT 2005 MarketWatch: Shell CEO says no Gazprom asset swap delay, seen finalized 2006 “In July, Shell announced a preliminary swap deal with Gazprom that would give the Russian gas giant up to 25% in the Sakhalin II project in exchange for a 50% interest in its massive Zapolyarnoye-Neocomian gas […]

Shell rejects Total warning over Arctic oil search

Oil giant Shell vows to resume exploratory drilling in the Arctic despite rival’s fears a spill would ruin reputation of firms involved Terry Macalister The Guardian, Friday 28 September 2012 17.05 BST Shell has rejected a plea from its French rival Total that the energy industry should abandon its search for oil in the Arctic […]

Supreme Court holds U.S. rights legacy in the balance

By Vincent Warren, Special to CNN September 27, 2012 — Updated 1834 GMT (0234 HKT) (CNN) — An argument before the Supreme Court on October 1 in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum will have enormous significance. The case concerns the torture of Ogoni leaders in Nigeria, but at stake is the future of the law under which […]

Shell did not sign Kurdish deal, Baghdad says

Florian Neuhof: Sept 28, 2012 Baghdad has denied reports Royal Dutch Shell will become the latest oil major to set up shop in the autonomous Kurdish north. “We don’t have any discussions with the Kurdish regional government [KRG] about working in the region,” a statement released by the office of Iraq’s deputy prime minister for […]

Shell prepares for Beaufort Sea drilling

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 9:27 am by Jennifer A. Dlouhy Shell has begun anchoring its Kulluk conical drilling unit in the Beaufort Sea as it prepares to begin initial work on an exploratory oil well in the waters north of Alaska. A company spokeswoman confirmed that it had begun connecting the conical drilling […]

Shell’s cartel fine cut to 81 million euros ($104.2 million)

Shell Wins 25% Cut in Bitumen Cartel Fine, Total Loses Bid By Stephanie Bodoni on September 27, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) won a 25 percent reduction in a fine for its role in a bitumen industry cartel, while other members including Total SA (FP) and Royal BAM Group NV lost their appeals at […]


FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE SEPT 2004 Daily Express (UK): SHELL’S ANNUS HORRIBILIS Published 23 Sept 2004 Jan 9, 2004: Reserves downgraded; shares slump Mar 7: Chairman Sir Philip Watts ousted Apr 19: E-mails about ‘lying’ revealed Apr 24: FSA launches probe Jun 6: Shell forced to speed up structural reform Jul 29: Fined £84m […]

Nigeria: Key Hearing in Court Case On Oil Giant Shell’s Nigerian Oil Pollution

26 September 2012 press release The Hague — For the first time in history, a European company, Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, will appear in a Dutch court to account for damage it caused abroad, Friends of the Earth International announced today. The court case against Shell’s oil spills in Nigeria has been filed by four […]

Total SA, Shell diverge on Arctic drilling

By Steve Gelsi, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Total SA talked down the prospects for oil drilling in the Arctic, while Shell reiterated its plans to develop crude exploration off the coast of Alaska on Wednesday, as energy stocks fell Total SA TOT -1.71%  Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie said drilling in the Arctic may […]

Iraq Says Shell Denies Talks With Kurds on Energy Projects

By Kadhim Ajrash on September 26, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) said it isn’t in talks with authorities in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region about energy projects in the northern area, a government spokesman said. Hans Nijkamp, Shell’s country chairman for Iraq, spoke during a meeting with the deputy prime minister for energy affairs, Hussain […]

Shell says Nigeria oil bill will make projects unviable

Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:55am EDT * Oil majors want better terms for deepwater, gas * Bill to overhaul industry has been stalled for years * Investment on hold due to regulatory uncertainty By Tim Cocks LAGOS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s leading oil producer Shell thinks the tax terms in a landmark oil bill […]

Iraq says Shell denies oil talks with Kurdistan

Wed Sept 26, 2012 12:50pm EDT * Baghdad angry over reports Shell in talks -govt sources * Shell says that in time it wants to work in all of Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq said on Wednesday that Royal Dutch Shell has denied starting talks with Iraqi Kurdistan to sign energy deals with the semi-autonomous region. […]

Environmentalists Get Surprising Ally in Arctic Drilling Debate

By John M. Biers TOTAL CEO SEES ARCTIC DRILLING AS RISKY BUSINESS When was the last time you heard an executive from Big Oil say no thanks to drilling a hot prospect because it was too risky to the environment? Yet that’s what Total Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie just did with arctic drilling. The […]

10,000 to march in support of pipeline protesters

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE SEPT 2005 Daily Telegraph: 10,000 to march in support of jailed pipeline protesters “Anger is mounting over the jailing of five landowners who have been in prison for nearly 100 days for objecting to Shell building a pipeline through one of the last European -wildernesses.”: “The case of the Rossport […]

Nigerian Bonga oilfield to start late Oct – Shell

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE SEPT 2005 Reuters: Nigerian Bonga oilfield to start late Oct – Shell “…Bonga, which is over two years behind its original target start date and far above budget…” Mon Sept 26, 2005 JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The long-delayed Bonga oilfield in Nigeria is now expected to start production in late October, […]

Total Warns Against Oil Drilling in Arctic

Published: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 | 7:58 PM ET Total SA says energy companies should not drill for crude in Arctic waters, marking the first time an oil major has publicly spoken out against offshore oil exploration in the region. Christophe de Margerie, Total’s chief executive, told the Financial Times the risk of an oil […]

Shell recovers oil from North Sea spill

Published: Sept. 26, 2012 at 7:22 AM LONDON, Sept. 26 (UPI) — Royal Dutch Shell said it completed the first part of a cleanup operation related to an oil spill at its Gannet platform in the North Sea last year. Oil leaked from the Gannet platform in the North Sea in August 2011. The release […]

Kiobel vs. Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, Monday, Oct. 1

Published: September 25, 2012 8:13 PM By EMILY BAZELON, Slate   Next Monday, the Supreme Court will begin what promises to be an action-packed fall. I’m looking forward to three cases in the first half of October. Here they are, in the order they’ll be argued: Kiobel vs. Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, Monday, Oct. 1: […]

Royal Dutch Shell announce share buy-back programme

Monday, September 24, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell plc announces that it has entered into an irrevocable, non-discretionary arrangement with an independent third party to enable the purchase of ‘B’ ordinary shares, for cancellation, during the period from 25 September 2012 up to and including 1 November 2012 which period includes the 2012 third quarter results […]

Shell Completes First Phase of Gannet Oil Recovery Op

by  Jon Mainwaring: Rigzone Staff: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell announced Tuesday that it has finished the first phase of its operation to remove oil from the Gannet pipeline in the UK North Sea. A major oil spill occurred at the Gannet Alpha platform in August 2011, but the recovery operation aimed at […]

Shell in Asset Development Deal

Posted 9/25/2012 2:30 PM by Zacks Equity Research from Royal Dutch Shell plc ( RDS.A ) – through its affiliate SWEPI LP – entered into an asset development agreement with Fort Worth, Texas-based Quicksilver Resources Inc. ( KWK ). Per the terms of the joint venture signed between the two aforesaid companies, they will be involved […]

Taped telephone call confirms Shell Brent Bravo explosion cover-up

Bill Campbell believes that the innocent victims of Shell senior managements willingness to put production, profits, personal greed and ambition before the safety of Shell offshore employees, are being blamed for their own tragic avoidable deaths. Journalists who feel duped by information given to them by Shell, including by its then CEO Jeroen van der […]

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell: Human Rights Law at a Crossroads

WHAT Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell: Human Rights Law at a Crossroads WHEN Thursday, September 27, 2012, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. WHERE Georgetown University Law Center Hart Auditorium, McDonough Hall 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20001 PANELISTS Baher Azmy, Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights Carey R. D’Avino, Attorney, Eaton & Van Winkle […]

Vince Cable Described As ‘Minister For Shell’ In Letter From Oil Giant

Vince Cable Described As ‘Minister For Shell’ In Letter From Oil Giant A letter describing Vince Cable as the “contact minister for Shell” has raised fresh questions about the business secretary’s relationship with the oil giant. In the letter to Cable dated 19 March 2012, Malcolm Brinded, the then chief executive of Shell Upstream International, […]

Shell Gets Federal Nod for Prep Work – Analyst Blog

Posted 9/24/2012 11:37 AM by Zacks Equity Research from Global energy company, Royal Dutch Shell plc ( RDS.A ) has received the necessary approval from federal officials to perform limited site work in the Beaufort Sea, in order to set up its second drill site off Alaska’s northern coast. Earlier, The Bureau of Safety and Environmental […]

Oil’s not well for Shell directors

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE SEPT 2004 The Times: Oil’s not well for Shell directors “The debacle over the reserves lifted the lid on an organisation that appears to have knowingly deceived investors.”: “It was when Sir Mark Moody-Stuart was in charge in 1998 that a paper was produced under the title: Creating Value through […]

Nigeria: PIB’s Lopsided, Unattractive – Shell

By Clara Nwachukwu, 24 September 2012 The Shell Group has declared that the draft Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, before the National Assembly, is not only lopsided, but will also frustrate current investments in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry and impede on the ability to meet set targets on power generation. Shell’s declaration contradicts widely held […]

Shell supertanker steers into deeper waters

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE SEPT 2004 The Independent: Michael Harrison’s Outlook: Shell supertanker steers into deeper waters “brotherly love has been notable for its complete absence inside the South Bank politburo, where the motto has been stab someone in the back before you are made to walk the plank yourself.”: Judging by the reaction […]

Revisiting an Arctic Tale of Ice and Shell

20/09/12: As Shell was getting ready to poke the first hole in the Chukchi Sea floor in Arctic Alaska to begin exploratory drilling, I was getting ready to give two talks in Alaska — the concluding lecture of the Next North Symposium at the Anchorage Museum on September 8, and one at the Noel Wien […]

Shell attacked over four-year delay in Niger oil spill clean-up

Energy firm’s attempts to clear pollution resulting from two large spills in 2008 described as ‘amateurish’ by assessors Two large crude oil spills from Shell pipelines in the Niger delta four years ago have still not been cleaned up by the company despite an outcry by the UN, Amnesty International and the Nigerian government about […]

Oil boom brings hope, anxiety to Alaska town

Shell’s drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea promise an economic boom in Wainwright, Alaska. But some see the transformation as a threat to the ancient indigenous culture there. By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times: September 23, 2012 WAINWRIGHT, Alaska — It was the down slope of August, and in the icy winds and freezing rain […]

Shell war on Greenpeace

September 23, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell is taking Greenpeace International to court in an attempt to have it banned from holding any protest within 500 metres of Shell property or face a fine of $1.25 million. The suit lodged at Amsterdam’s district court on Friday shows Shell aggressively taking the offensive to protect its $4 […]

Shell sues Greenpeace to stop protests against Arctic drilling plans

September 21, 2012 3:44 AM (AP) AMSTERDAM — Royal Dutch Shell PLC is suing Greenpeace International in an attempt to have the environmental organization banned from holding any protest within 500 meters of any Shell property, or face a $1.3 million fine. The suit, which was to be heard at Amsterdam’s District Court Friday, shows […]

Gazprom looks to the world stage

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE: ON THIS DAY IN 2004 Financial Times: Gazprom looks to the world stage “Separately, Gazprom is trying to muscle its way into the Sakhalin-2 project where Shell holds a 55 per cent interest.” By Arkady Ostrovsky Posted 22 September 2004 By merging natural gas monopoly Gazprom and Rosneft, the last […]

Selection of links: 22 Sept 2012

Corruption: a selection of article links that may be of interest (provided by a regular contributor) Mission Accomplished for Big Oil? (BP and Shell have opted to rush for black gold in the super-giant oilfields of … oil multinationals despite an atmosphere of staggering corruption) On the wrong side of history? (Royal Dutch Shell recently […]

A Shell Game: When Reality Meets Bribery

9/21/2012 @ 4:03PM When I used to train employees on how not to bribe, I always added a caveat.  If your health or safety is at issue, I used to say, get yourself out of the situation.  Contact me immediately when you get to a safe zone, but do what you have to do. I […]

Permit problem for barge Shell needs for Arctic

An oil-spill containment barge that Shell Oil needs for Arctic drilling faces a new challenge as it undergoes repairs in Bellingham. The Associated Press: BELLINGHAM, Wash. — An oil-spill containment barge that Shell Oil needs for Arctic drilling faces a new challenge as it undergoes repairs in Bellingham. The Washington Ecology Department said Thursday the […]

In Dutch court, Shell pushes Greenpeace to stay back or pay up

September 21, 2012 | 12:36 pm Shell has taken Greenpeace International to a Dutch court in an attempt to keep protesters at least 500 meters (1,640 feet) away from its properties — or face fines of $1.3 million or more. The court case was triggered by the latest round of Greenpeace protests against Arctic drilling being done […]

Shell gets OK to prepare 2nd drill site off Alaska

21 September 2012 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal officials have given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval for limited site work in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s north coast. The decision Thursday was widely expected. A Shell drill ship, the Kulluk, is positioned in the Beaufort waiting for the whaling season to end. The Bureau of […]

Shell sues Greenpeace to stop Artic protests

COMMENT BY A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR SHELL’S MADNESS… Has anyone thought about the implications of a 500m exclusion zone around Shell property in Holland?   This would prevent Greenpeace members from entering a large proportion of the Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, from using motorways and most major roads, or from going near any of the thousands […]

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