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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. read more

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 […]

Appeals Court Revives Defamation Suit Against Shell

By Jeremy Heallen Law360, Houston (June 25, 2013, 3:21 PM ET) — A Texas appeals court Tuesday revived a defamation suit against Shell Oil Co., ruling that the oil and gas giant could potentially be held liable for allegedly telling federal authorities that a former employee signed off on bribes to foreign officials. The First […]

U.S. FTC Said to Open Oil Price Probe, Mirroring EU Inquiry

June 25 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission opened a formal investigation into how prices of crude oil and petroleum-derived products are set, mirroring a European Union inquiry, two people familiar with the matter said.  The investigation, now in a preliminary stage, will probably broaden into a multi-jurisdictional affair… U.S. FTC Said to Open […]

Everything you need to know about the oil price fixing scandal

Shane Ferro The Wall Street Journal has a painstakingly detailed article on how oil prices are benchmarked, and how those benchmarks can be manipulated. The EU has been investigating major oil companies, as well as the industry publication that sets the daily benchmark price, since last month. If the probe turns up damning evidence, this […]

Texas Appeals Court Revives Shell FCPA Defamation Suit

By Jeremy Heallen Law360, Houston (June 25, 2013, 3:21 PM ET) — A Texas appeals court Tuesday revived a defamation suit against Shell Oil Co., ruling that the oil and gas giant could potentially be held liable for allegedly telling federal authorities that a former employee signed off on bribes to foreign officials. The First […]

Shell Says Trans Niger Pipeline Fire Investigation Begins Tuesday

By Obafemi Oredein: June 24, 2013 Special to DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Shell spokesman Tony Okonedo said in a statement that the team that will visit the site on Tuesday includes regulators, Ministry of Environment officials, community members, SPDC officials and independent observers. FULL ARTICLE

Nigeria arrests workers at Shell contractors over pipeline fire

Nigerian soldiers have arrested eight people working for companies contracted by Royal Dutch Shell, military authorities said, following a pipeline fire that the company blamed on damage caused by oil thieves. YENAGOA, Nigeria, June 24 | Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:54pm BST (Reuters) – Nigerian soldiers have arrested eight people working for companies contracted by […]

A Unique Relationship With Shell

Because of the “” domain name, we regularly receive job applications, business proposals, pension enquiries, and sometimes even terrorist threats meant for Shell. We deal with all such matters as agreed with Mr Brandjes, sometimes corresponding with third parties on behalf of Shell, occasionally passing on correspondence to him.  We have been offered oil wells […]

The Shell Petroleum Development Company sets out its future intent for Nigeria

Monday, June 24, 2013 The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd as operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation/SPDC joint venture announced that the SPDC JV (NNPC 55%, SPDC 30%, TOTAL 10%, NAOC 5%) has taken final investment decisions for the Trans Niger Pipeline loop-line and the Gbaran-Ubie Phase Two projects, both in Nigeria’s […]

In Alaska’s Oilfields, Drones Countdown to Takeoff

By Krithika Krishnamurthy: June 21 2013 (Reuters) – No pilot was required when the Aeryon Scout took off into the leaden skies of Alaska to inspect a stretch of oil pipeline. The miniature aircraft was guided by an engineer on the ground, armed only with a tablet computer. The 20-minute test flight, conducted by BP […]

Oil-Spilling, Arctic-Drilling Shell Won the ‘Energy Company of the Year’ Award

Now, just to refresh your memory, Shell is the oil company whose most notable adventure in 2012 consisted of trying and repeatedly failing to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska this summer. So why did the company win an award, as opposed to the ridicule of its peers? Are extra points awarded for […]

Nigeria: Shell considers production cut

June 24, 2013 Shell was considering a further reduction in its oil production in the eastern Niger Delta, it said on Friday. Nigeria wants more of its oil and gas owned either by the state oil company or local firms, raising concerns among foreign oil majors they may lose smaller assets for nothing if they […]

Australia: Departing Shell boss calls for leadership

Peter Klinger, The West Australian June 24, 2013, 7:30 am Outgoing Shell Australia chair-woman Ann Pickard will use her last visit to Canberra today to plead for a return to political leadership capable of making “the important and hard decisions required” to keep the country internationally competitive. Evoking the examples of reformist former prime ministers […]

Shell takes FIDs for Niger Delta projects after pipeline explosion

By OGJ editors: HOUSTON, June 23, 2013 Shell Petroleum Development Co. of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC), operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC)/SPDC joint venture (SPDC JV), reported that the group has taken final investment decisions for the Trans Niger Pipeline loop-line (TNPL) and the Gbaran-Ubie Phase Two projects. Both are in Nigeria’s eastern Niger […]

Shell skullduggery in Nigeria

Today The Wall Street Journal reports that “Shell Contractors” have been arrested in connection with the theft of oil. This relates to the explosion and fire earlier this week that resulted in the closure of the Trans Niger pipeline. By John Donovan We have been reporting for some time about Shell skullduggery in Nigeria, including: Shell’s […]

Has the US Supreme Court been subverted by Big Business?

By John Donovan: After the recent historic U.S. Supreme Court precedent setting decision in favour of the evil oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc and big business in the Kiobel vs. Royal Dutch Shell case, there is further disturbing evidence this week that the court is siding with multinational corporations against ordinary people and small […]

Nigeria Loses N2.36 Billion Daily As Shell Shuts Down Pipeline

21 June 2013 NIGERIA’s daily crude oil output declined by 150,000 barrels, as Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, SPDC, joint venture, Thursday, said it has shut the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) following an explosion and fire at a crude theft point on the 28″ section of the facility at Bodo West in Ogoni […]

Shell to spend $3.9 billion in Nigeria

June 21, 2013 AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it will spend $3.9 billion on investments in Nigeria, including an effort to strengthen the Trans-Niger Pipeline that was shut down this week after it was damaged in a theft attack. In a statement Friday, the company said it plans to spend $1.5 billion […]

Shell looks at more asset sales in Nigeria

21 June 2013 LAGOS — Oil giant Shell announced Friday it may sell more of its onshore oil blocks in Nigeria, where theft and sabotage have repeatedly cut into production in Africa’s largest crude producer. The British-Dutch firm, Nigeria’s biggest producer, also said the joint venture its Nigerian subsidiary operates was planning to invest $3.9 […]

Royal Dutch Shell Hallelujah

‘Shell Out Sounds’ campaign is protesting Shell’s sponsorship of the Southbank Centre read more

Shell Corrib Gas Project Hunger Striker Released from Prison

Press release Issued by the Rossport Solidarity Camp For immediate release 21st June 2013 *Corrib campaigner released from Castlerea prison* *Liam Heffernan released after 10 days imprisonment and 5 days on hunger strike* Today at Harristown court, Castlrea Co. Roscommon, Liam Walsh Heffernan (28) of Castlebar Co. Mayo, was released from Castlerea prison after 10 […]

Who Will Replace Shell Chief Peter Voser? Top 6 Potential Front-runners

An article published on 18 June contains information about six potential front-runners to replace Peter Voser, the current Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc The six are: Simon Henry, Marvin Odum, Andrew Brown, Matthias Bichsel, Josef Ackermann and Hans Wijers. Link to the article

Iraq’s 2013 oil target within reach, 2014 to disappoint

Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:39am EDT * Production flatlines at 3 mln bpd in first half * Target of 3.4 mln by end year “doable” * New oilfields due on stream include Shell’s Majnoon * 2014 goal of 4.5 mln bpd seen as unachievable By Peg Mackey and Alex Lawler LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) – […]

Shell may exit more oil leases in Nigeria

Royal Dutch/Shell is considering a further reduction in its oil production in the eastern Niger Delta, where decades of spills and oil thefts have damaged the region’s environment and the reputation of the company. LONDON/LAGOS | Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:57pm BST (Reuters) – Royal Dutch/Shell (RDSa.L) is considering a further reduction in its oil […]

Shell reports problems at Martinez refinery

21 June 2013 Dow Jones Newswires reports that the boiler at the 156,000 barrel a day Martinez refinery tripped, sending emissions into the air. FULL ARTICLE

Shell Nigeria: Explosion forces closure of Trans Niger Pipeline

Environmental activists accuse Shell Nigeria of using oil theft as an excuse to cover up accidental spills. The company has to compensate local communities for spills not caused by theft. Shell Nigeria: Explosion forces closure of Trans Niger Pipeline carrying 150,000 barrels a day By Associated Press, Published: June 20 LAGOS, Nigeria — Shell Nigeria says […]

Campaigner against Corrib gas pipeline ‘on hunger strike’ in prison

Rossport campaigners say Liam Heffernan was arrested for blocking construction vehicles CAMPAIGNERS AGAINST the construction of a Shell gas pipeline at Rossport in Co Mayo say one of their fellow campaigners is on his fourth day of a hunger strike over his arrest. Liam Heffernan was arrested at Aughoose last Wednesday for allegedly obstructing Shell […]

Shell Trans-Niger Pipe on Fire After Oil Spill – Witness

By Benoit Faucon and Sarah Kent: June 20, 2013 LONDON–A key Nigeria pipeline operated by a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA, RDSA.LN) has caught fire following an oil spill, an eye witness and a local environmental activist said Thursday. “The fire is on. I can see the smoke in the air,” FULL ARTICLE […]

Shell criticized over Niger Delta pipelines ‘sabotage’ claims

Controversy relating to Shell’s evil track record in Nigeria is not limited to oil spill pollution. There is also the corruption, plunder, collusion, militants on Shell’s pay roll and Shell spying on the host government. Graphic from the Guardian Article: Unloveable Shell: the Goddess of Oil (Comments by John Donovan) Claims by Shell that sabotage is […]

Shell Corrib Gas Project campaigner on hunger strike in Castlerea prison

On Monday 17th of June Shell Corrib Gas Project campaigner Liam Heffernan (right) began a hunger strike in protest against his continued detention in Castlerea prison. Issued by Rossport Solidarity Camp On Monday 17th of June Shell Corrib Gas Project campaigner Liam Heffernan (right) began a hunger strike in protest against his continued detention in […]

Premier renews attack on FLNG

Premier Colin Barnett has renewed his attack on Royal Dutch Shell’s “unreliable” floating gas processing technology, claiming its susceptibility to cyclones is worrying customers in Asia. Peter Kerr, The West Australian June 19, 2013, 7:17 am Premier Colin Barnett has renewed his attack on Royal Dutch Shell’s “unreliable” floating gas processing technology, claiming its susceptibility […]

European energy policy ‘not working’

Peter Voser attacked the EU’s renewables subsidy as he claimed the continent’s approach to energy was failing. read more

Shell to resume Niger delta oil spill compensation talks

Oil company Shell will resume talks next week in London with lawyers representing 15,000 of the poorest people in the world who are claiming millions of pounds’ compensation for oil spills on the Niger delta. But Martyn Day, of Leigh Day law firm which is acting for the communities, said the case could still go […]

Ottawa ups liability for offshore oil spills in Arctic, Atlantic waters to $1-billion

The changes come amid renewed interest from companies such as BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Imperial Oil Ltd. and the Canadian unit of Chevron Corp. in tapping offshore Atlantic and Arctic crude. Photograph by: Handout/United States Coast Guard , Financial Post Jeff Lewis, Financial Post | Jun 18, 2013 | Last Updated: Jun 18, […]

Shell Canada gets approvals for pipelines and gas well

BY RICHARD GILBER: staff write: June 19, 2013 The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has approved Shell Canada Limited’s applications to construct and operate two pipelines and a single gas well battery in the Beaver Mines area of southern Alberta. Shell applied for approval to construct and operate two pipelines that are about 1.2 km […]

Carbon Capture ‘Vital’ to Meet Climate Goals, Shell Adviser Says

By Sally Bakewell June 18, 2013 Carbon capture and storage, a way of cutting emissions from industry by burying them underground, needs more state support for the European Union to meet clean-energy goals, a Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) adviser said. “We’ve got to be clear that the EU’s climate goals in the long run […]

Canada’s hidden and unwanted gift in its heavy crudes

Promoters of Canadian tar sands development and the sale of large volumes of Canadian heavy oil never mention this hidden and unwanted ‘gift’ of high sulfur ‘coal’ that comes with the heavy oil. It is the ‘dirty little secret’ of the Canadian heavy oil crude that nobody in the oil industry wants to talk about. […]

Shell under fresh pressure over reports of the size of its Niger Delta oil spills

…an independent investigation into how the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s guidelines are enforced found ‘discrepancies’ between Shell’s story and other accounts of the size and cause of spills… urged Shell to publish all investigations carried out prior to 2011, potentially exposing the company to multi-million pound lawsuits… By Rob Davies: PUBLISHED: 09:11, 19 […]

Shell ‘uses sabotage claims to avoid blame for Nigeria oil spills’

The National Contact Point (NCP) agency will today give Shell a rap on the knuckles for its reporting of its spills in the Niger Delta region, some of which have been highly damaging to the environment. NCP has reached this conclusion following an investigation into accusations by Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth International […]

Piper Alpha: Aberdeen offshore conference teaching disaster lessons

By Kevin Keane BBC Scotland reporter: 18 June 2013 A three-day conference to encourage people working offshore to think about the lessons of the Piper Alpha disaster is being held in Aberdeen. A total of 167 men died in the tragedy on 6 July 1988 when explosions and a fireball ripped through the rig. (Related […]