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Posts from ‘December, 2012’

Motiva Reports Compressor Shutdown at Port Arthur, Texas, Refinery – Filing

Published December 31, 2012 by Dow Jones Newswires Motiva Enterprises LLC reported that a wet gas compressor at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery experienced an emergency shutdown Saturday, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The company reported that charge rates were reduced to help stabilize operations for the restart of […]

Shell Oil drilling vessel is adrift in Gulf of Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An unmanned mobile oil drilling rig owned by Royal Dutch Shell is adrift — again — south of Kodiak Island after it lost towlines Sunday afternoon from two vessels trying to hold it in place against what have been pummeling winds and high seas, according to incident management leaders: In October 1980, […]

Shell Says Arctic Drilling Rig Kulluk Recaptured in Stormy Seas

By Jim Polson – Dec 30, 2012 7:05 PM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) said an Arctic drilling barge, headed to Seattle for maintenance, was safely recovered yesterday after being set adrift during a storm in the Gulf of Alaska. Crew of the Shell-owned barge, Kulluk, were evacuated last night as a precaution after […]

Shell’s latest Arctic Saga

IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE John, Here are some articles about Shell’s latest saga in the Arctic: Coast Guard evacuates crew of troubled oil drilling barge: Los Angeles Times – VANCOUVER, B.C. — U.S. Coast Guard helicopters were evacuating the crew of a troubled oil drilling barge off the coast of southern Alaska Saturday afternoon […]

Shell’s jinxed Arctic drilling farce

By John Donovan In May 2012 I contacted a senior lawyer at Royal Dutch Shell Plc seeking confirmation that the oil giant had been unable to insure the risks involved in its Arctic drilling plans and for this reason, had self-insured. There was no response. The same month we published an article about Shell’s related […]

Shell Arctic Drill Ship adrift and in danger

By Associated Press — The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska Saturday 29 Dec — Rough weather prevented the Coast Guard from evacuating an 18-member crew of a stalled Shell drill ship in the Gulf of Alaska and another vessel is on the way to prevent the ship from drifting into the Trinity Islands. The Coast Guard […]

Aiviq: Pride of Shell’s Alaskan drilling fleet?

FROM A RETIRED SHELL OFFSHORE EXPERT On 29 Dec 2012, at 09:47 John, Interesting facts about the Aiviq on your web site this morning. Shell’s Alaska Mishaps Continue in Monster Seas This link takes you to the technical and description of the  this Tugboat and its facilities which is American design, American built and crewed, […]

Shell’s Alaska Mishaps Continue in Monster Seas

Coast Guard cutter hits trouble trying to aid Shell rig off Alaska The Aiviq and Kulluk as they set sail from Seattle earlier this year for offshore drilling in Alaska (Royal Dutch Shell / December 28, 2012) By Kim MurphyDecember 28, 2012, 2:59 p.m. SEATTLE — Adding to a season full of headaches for Shell […]

Tug Towing Shell Drilling Unit Suffers Engine Failures Near Kodiak

By Chris Klint Channel 2 News10:37 a.m. AKST, December 28, 2012 ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The U.S. Coast Guard is responding Friday to engine failures aboard a tugboat towing one of the drilling units used by Shell Oil in the Beaufort Sea this year, a day after news broke that a drillship from the project had been […]

Safety, pollution issues hold up Shell drillship in Alaska

Ben Anderson | Dec 27, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell’s Noble Discoverer — a 571-foot vessel integral to the company’s Arctic oil drilling aspirations — has been held up in Seward for several weeks to address what the Coast Guard described as  “pretty serious” issues with the ship’s safety and pollution- prevention systems. According to Petty […]

Noble Sees Shell’s Alaska Rig Ready for Drilling in 2013

By Jim Polson – Dec 27, 2012 7:20 PM GMT Noble Corp. (NE) expects to have its Noble Discoverer rig ready for Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) to resume drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea next year, after fixing issues raised during a U.S. Coast Guard inspection. The Coast Guard determined the ship’s propulsion and safety […]

How Chris Finlayson bungled the Mother of all Projects: Sakhalin II

Chris Finlayson representing Shell and Alexander Medvedev, Gazprom’s Vice Chairman By John Donovan Chris Finlayson, the newly appointed Chief Executive of BG Group, held a leadership position in Shell’s Sakhalin II project in Russia from September 2005 to September 2009. The venture was described as “the Mother of all Projects” by the Financial Times. We […]

Prophetic 2004 photograph of Shell Group Chairman Sir Philip Watts

Prophetic 2004 photograph of  the then Royal Dutch Shell Group Chairman and fraudster Sir Philip Watts (above) from a Sunday Telegraph article published on 18 January 2004 days after the Shell reserves scandal made news headlines around the world. Right, a photograph from 2012, also of Sir Philip, but rematerialized this time as the Rev. […]

BG Group corporate incubator for Shell strays?

“Nowhere in the flattering and in my judgement misleading CV for Finlayson is there any mention of the words safety, health or environment. It eulogises Finlayson for his optimising of production and operating performance, well that is what TFA was all about.”: “Anyway for fair reason or foul, Finlayson arrives, Carne leaves, Finlayson reaches the […]

Motiva Port Arthur Restart Delayed Until Next Week – Source

Published December 21, 2012 by Dow Jones Newswires Motiva Enterprises LLC most likely will not be able to restart for a few more days a main processing unit at its refinery expansion in Port Arthur, Texas, a person familiar with the refinery’s operations said Friday. Motiva has been struggling to restart the 325,000-barrel-a-day refinery expansion’s […]

BG Group CEO Chris Finlayson and the Shell ‘Touch Fuck All’ Scandal

“Hyman et al should be reminded that Shell pled guilty on behalf of its Directors to all charges placed before them. So whatever gloss you paint over the turd, Finlayson and Brinded failed as Directors in their principal duty to comply with the Law so that risks to those persons exposed to these risks offshore […]

Shell CEO Peter Voser tainted by UBS Scandals

Voser was said to have provided significant input to the stabilization of the scandal ridden Swiss bank. Ironic spin given that the Swiss Justice Minister warned only months later that UBS was in danger of collapse. It actually has a reputation riddled with more holes than Swiss cheese. In February 2008, Peter Voser was appointed […]


“With regards to the reserves fraud, Mr Finlayson was either part of the cover-up, or negligent in his fiduciary duties as a senior Shell executive, supposedly protecting the interests of investors”; “That should be of great concern to investors in BG Group. Surely the company could have found a new CEO untainted by scandal?” John […]

Shell scraps drilling plan in contested Canadian area

18 December 2012 * Shell to focus on larger shale plays * To build water recycling plant using royalty credits * 4-year moratorium was due to end By Jeffrey Jones CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc has scrapped plans for a coalbed methane gas project near Canada’s Pacific Coast in the […]

Shell commences Corrib Gas onshore pipeline tunnel

Monday, December 17, 2012 – 06:58 PM Shell E&P Ireland has said tunnelling has commenced on the Corrib Gas onshore pipeline in Co Mayo. The company said a specially designed boring machine called ‘Fionnuala’ installed the first concrete ring in the tunnel beneath the sea floor yesterday morning. Construction of the tunnel, which will carry […]

​Contact with BG Group about its controversial new CEO Chris Finlayson

BG Group is aware that we will publish more articles and evidence about Mr Finlayson and his time at Shell in coming days, including the “TOUCH F*** ALL” safety culture on North Sea rigs, which cost the lives of Shell offshore workers (with his own comments on this novel but deadly policy) By John Donovan […]

Shareholder alarm over appointment of BG Group CEO Chris Finlayson

Can BG Group shareholders and employees place their trust in the newly appointed Chief Executive, Chris Finlayson? Unfortunately the answer is NO. In the next few days we will publish confidential Shell internal documents, leaked information, court documents and video evidence to support this conclusion. Mr Finlayson has been involved in multiple cover-ups at his […]

Shell, the Supreme Court, and Corporate Liability

By Sara Murphy December 14, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A  ) is the respondent in a landmark case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The outcome of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum will have significant implications for the oil and gas sector, and potentially for other extractive companies operating in sensitive regions. This, among other factors, […]

Shell fuels rumours of BP buyout plan

Shell has reignited speculation about a potential takeover of BP… Anglo-Dutch oil group’s boss says a takeover was considered in past two years and refuses to deny it has dropped the idea Terry Macalister, Friday 14 December 2012 22.04 GMT Shell has reignited speculation about a potential takeover of BP after its chief executive […]

Shell mulled BP takeover in past 2 years: report

By MarketWatch Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) has considered a takeover of BP PLC BP -0.16% during the past two years, Shell chief executive Peter Voser says in the advance release of an interview with the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung to be published Saturday. “I can’t imagine that there was anyone in our industry that […]

Shell considered buying BP: paper

FRANKFURT | Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:50pm EST (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) considered making a bid for rival BP (BP.L) in the past two years, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said in an advance copy of its Saturday edition. Chief Executive Peter Voser told the paper, “I can’t imagine that there is anybody in our […]

Others Should Follow Waitrose’s Lead – Put Shell on Ice!

In a double blow to Shell, Waitrose have also declared their support for Greenpeace’s ‘Save the Arctic’ campaign – to create a global sanctuary in the high Arctic. Posted: 13/12/2012 11:41 This was meant to be a blog about Waitrose’s relationship with fossil fuel giant Shell (Waitrose had been considering plans to open up shops […]

Will Shell Oil’s Arctic ‘beer can’ hold up better in second-chance containment trial?

Alex DeMarban | Dec 13, 2012 The containment dome Royal Dutch Shell hopes never to use has been transformed, following an accident this September that left it “crushed like a beer can” — hampering the company’s groundbreaking effort to suck oil from the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s North Slope. The failed Puget Sound sea trial […]

BG’s new boss ‘breached safety rules at Shell in the North Sea’


Shell related article links 14 December 2012

Selection of Shell related article links kindly provided by a regular contributor All Roads Lead to Natural Gas-Fueled Cars and Trucks: Forbes-While oil development will continue to dominate its portfolio, the energy developer is now … Shell is well positioned to meet this demand,” says Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Company. … What else […]

Waitrose halts plans to expand Shell partnership

After intense campaigning from Greenpeace, the supermarket has suspended plans to open more shops in petrol stations Greenpeace has claimed victory after intense campaigning prompted Waitrose to put on hold its plans to expand its partnership with Shell – the oil company which is planning to drill for oil in the Arctic. The UK supermarket […]

Finlayson is no Chapman!

Shares in BG Group dropped today on the news that Chris Finlayson, a former Shell senior executive, will be taking over from Frank Chapman, another former Shell senior executive, as CEO of the gas giant. As one Shell related source has commented to me today: “Finlayson is no Chapman!!!! Staff at BG Group may also […]

Jeroen van der Veer exit from Shell

I am only surprised that an ex CEO of Shell leaves the board at a young age. Is Jeroen washing his hands in innocence or trying to put light between him and Shell?? In the past they used to hang in there for long periods until they had to get up too often to take […]

UK retailer Waitrose puts a halt on Shell venture

The tie-up had riled environmental lobby group Greenpeace, which started a protest campaign at the beginning of the month to force Waitrose to cut ties with Shell in opposition to its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. LONDON | Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:33pm EST Dec 12 (Reuters) – Waitrose, the British supermarkets […]

Troubled Motiva refinery crude unit shut by small fire

Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:41pm EST * Repairs to fractured pipe could take several days, sources say * 325,000 barrel per day crude unit was in process of restarting * New crude unit had previously been shut due to corrosion issue * Gasoline prices jump on fire, pare gains after damage report By Erwin Seba […]

Deterding orders-Hitler acts

News reports from long ago are emerging on the Internet as newspapers create digital searchable online archives. This is a disastrous development for  companies such as Royal Dutch Shell that have been around for a long time and have a toxic history to hide. By John Donovan News reports from long ago are emerging on […]

Selection of Shell related article links 11 December 2012

Selection of Shell related article links kindly provided by a regular contributor Oil Investors Face Serious Risk, Report Says: Environmental Leader-While the report focuses on Shell, it aims to act as a blueprint for investors of any multinational oil companies. The report provides investors with … Aker Solutions awarded global frame agreement with Shell: Reuters […]

Shell Invests $26 Million in GlassPoint to Get Heavy Crude Deals

By Wael Mahdi – Dec 11, 2012 8:00 AM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) invested $26 million in GlassPoint Solar Inc. to help it secure contracts in Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman to extract dense crude using steam produced from a solar plant, the California-based company said in a statement. GlassPoint runs a 7-megawatt, four-acre […]

Shell’s investors given wake-up call as report reveals legacy of liabilities over Niger Delta

Experts estimate that more than 4,000 barrels of oil were spilled every day in Bodo Creek, Nigeria: © CEHRD 10 December 2012 Shell’s investors are facing a tougher international legal environment that is likely to have a dramatic impact on its balance sheet as claims mount from its activities in the Niger Delta, according to […]

Shell must face up to its liabilities in the Niger Delta

The oil giant is responsible for cleaning the spills and leaks throughout Nigeria’s southern regions, a new report says. 10 Dec 2012 Bodo’s fishing community in Ogoniland have taken Shell to court over alleged unpaid compensation for oil spills [EPA] The shareholders of Royal Dutch Shell could be waking up to a multi-billion dollar headache […]

Selection of links to Shell related articles

LINKS TO SHELL RELATED ARTICLES KINDLY SUPPLIED BY A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR, A FORMER SHELL EMPLOYEE Jordan, Shell sign memo to explore oil: AMMAN, Dec 08, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — Jordan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Shell oil company to explore oil in Sirhan and … Shell’s US chief sees Obama […]

Shell tried to drive Shell gas station operators out of business

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE 9 DECEMBER 2004 THE BOSTON HERALD: Jury: Shell abused owners: Gas stations `vindicated’ in ploy by big oil company: “We’ve been vindicated,” said Mike Corbett, owner of City Square Shell in Charlestown, a member of a group of area dealers who’ve been battling Shell for more than four years over […]

Noble Drilling hit by another set back after fire on Shell Nobel Discoverer

Just what is needed in pristine Arctic waters: An accident prone Drilling Company employed by a reckless greedy oil giant with a notorious “Touch F*** All” offshore safety culture and a track record of unconscionable, untreated environmental devastation e.g. Nigeria. By John Donovan Last month the Noble Discoverer drilling ship involved in Shell’s hapless inaugural season […]

Flaring at Shell Chemical plant in Norco to continue through Sunday

By Naomi Martin, | The Times-Picayune on December 08, 2012 at 10:57 PM, updated December 08, 2012 at 11:28 PM A malfunctioning Shell Chemical unit located on the Motiva Enterprises campus in Norco that lost power on Thursday was restarted about 10 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the company. The company […]

Development challenge of Kazakhstan’s giant oilfield

Kashagan – a giant offshore oil field in the Caspian Sea – The project is better known (in Shell circles) as “Cash all gone” 7 December 2012 By Rayhan Demytrie BBC News, Kashagan oil field, Kazakhstan t has cost $46bn (£28.8bn) to develop Kazakhstan’s most ambitious project, Kashagan – a giant offshore oil field in […]

Shell and the Dutch fascists: A study in black

We have to keep in mind that it was not only Sir Henri Deterding who was a keen supporter of the Nazi’s. In the 1930’s there were other Shell directors such as J.E.F. de Kok and *Wim Rost van Tonningen who were also keen supporters of Hitler and his henchmen. Guest Author: Ton Biesemaat (Dutch […]

Starbucks a novice at tax dodging compared with Shell

Shell’s penchant for tax dodging goes back almost 100 years. In comparison, Starbucks is a mere novice. QUOTE FROM “A HISTORY OF ROYAL DUTCH SHELL, VOLUME 2 “This elaborate charade would have delighted Deterding who, in an earlier phase of the Group’s history, had excelled in devising convoluted schemes to avoid tax…” By John Donovan […]

In second upset of the week, Shell Chemical loses power, warns of high levels of smoke

By Juliet Linderman, | The Times-Picayune on December 06, 2012 at 3:17 PM Just five days after an equipment failure at the Shell/Motiva plant caused massive flares to shoot flames and leak thick black smoke into the air above St. Charles Parish for days on end, the Norco chemical complex announced on Thursday morning […]

Shell Chemical equipment failure causes flame and flares in St. Charles

By David Grunfeld, The Times-Picayune Shell Chemical, located on the Motiva Enterprises campus in Norco, has been experiencing elevated flares, shooting flames and leaking thick black smoke into the air above St. Charles Parish. According to a report submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center, the plant is releasing unknown amounts of hydrogen […]

Shell Spills Ethylene During Pipeline Failure, NRC Filing Shows

By Christian Schmollinger on December 06, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) spilled an unknown amount of ethylene from a 12-inch pipeline in Iowa, Louisiana, after a gasket failure, according to a filing with the U.S. National Response Center. The release at 5 p.m. local time yesterday wasn’t secured and a fire crew was en […]

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