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Posts from ‘June, 2013’

Royal Dutch Shell members of the secretive Bilderberg Group

Royal Dutch Shell Plc board members Peter Voser, Simon Henry and Jorma Ollila, all members of the sinister Bilderberg Group and participants in the controversial 2013 Bilderberg Conference. How is their membership is such a secretive organisation compatible with Shell’s claimed core business principles of openness and transparency? (Comment by John Donovan) Famous for being […]

Oil theft in Nigeria

Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region is losing its battle against organised oil theft. According to the managing director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company, Mutiu Sunmonu, oil theft by local groups currently results in a total of $6bn per year in lost revenue to the corporate giant. The “blood oil” industry, a term coined by […]

Extra gardai on duty at Shell pipeline after €150,000 damage to machinery

SUNDAY 30 June 2013 Extra gardai are on duty in Co Mayo this weekend after violence broke out at a protest against the Shell gas pipeline last Sunday when a security guard had his arm badly injured and €150,000 worth of damage was done to machinery, writes Jim Cusack. Sixty protesters, mostly local people but […]

Shell mulls more efficient, but still costly GTL mega-project on US Gulf

London (Platts)–28Jun2013/902 am EDT/1302 GMT Shell’s hopes for a new gas-to-liquids mega project on the US Gulf Coast would benefit from much-improved process efficiencies, but any resulting cost savings could be limited by the need to build most of the plant outside the US, Shell officials said this week. Shell has improved its proprietary GTL […]

Oil work to go on in Alaska’s Arctic waters, without drilling

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 28 | Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:23pm EDT (Reuters) – No one will drill in Arctic waters off Alaska this year, but there is still plenty of offshore work for the oil industry to do when conditions finally allow it next month. Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which canceled its […]

House advances plan to unleash drilling on US-Mexico maritime border

Jennifer A. Dlouhy: June 27, 2013 The House of Representatives advanced two items on the oil industry’s wish list Thursday, by passing legislation that would unleash drilling in the Western Gap area of the Gulf of Mexico and waive new financial reporting requirements on companies’ foreign dealmaking. The legislation passed 256-171 would implement a one-year-old […]

Robert Writt vs. Shell Oil Co

The litigation relates to a corruption case in which Shell was ordered to pay $48 million (£29.4m) in civil and criminal fines after its contractor (Panalpina Inc.) bribed Nigerian customs officials. It appears that Shell decided to try to make Robert Writt the fall guy for Shell’s involvement in the massive corruption scheme (targeting officials […]

Shell Fights to Keep Oil Futures Probe Documents Secret

Shell lawyers are panicking about the prospect of being compelled to hand over secret information to a US court hearing a case about alleged manipulation of the crude oil futures market. Shell mentions the protection of trade secrets. In my experience, that is probably trade secrets Shell has stolen from someone else, inevitably a smaller […]

New Mayo art degree part-funded by Shell causes controversy

€30,000 of €200,000 course funding to come from Corrib Gas Community Gain Investment Fund Wednesday Jun 26, 2013 An innovative new art degree, to be part-funded by Shell, is causing controversy among staff at two third-level colleges. The proposed new visual art degree in Erris, Co Mayo, is being offered by the Dublin Institute of […]

Amnesty calls for wider investigation into Shell’s Nigeria operation after arrest of contractors

Eight Shell contractors were arrested by Nigerian security services in connection with the fire that broke out last week (19 June), following an oil spill at a section of the pipeline near Bodo that was being repaired by Shell contractors. Posted: 26 June 2013 A major fire that forced Shell to close its Trans Niger […]

Big Oil’s Big Lies About Alternative Energy

By Antonia Juhasz: June 25, 2013 11:30 AM ET EXTRACTS How about Shell ­– the world’s largest corporation, according to Fortune? In 2010, the company launched an ad campaign called “Let’s Go,” hyping its efforts to “broaden the world’s energy mix.” The ads are still running today. But the numbers tell a different story. Shell […]