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Posts from ‘September, 2012’

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 […]