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Posts from ‘July, 2013’

Nigeria: Senate Committee Summons Halliburton, Shell, Others Over Abuse of Labour Laws

 The Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity has summoned Halliburton, Shell and other oil giants along with notable construction companies over alleged abuse of expatriate regulations and other labour laws. By Omololu Ogunmade, 31 July 2013 The Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity has summoned Halliburton, Shell and other oil giants along with […]

Shell to Chevron Move Offshore as Nigerian Risks Mount: Energy

At Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (RDSA) compound in the Nigerian city of Warri, the gate is locked, the grounds are empty and grass has overgrown since Europe’s biggest oil company closed its operations in March after more than 40 years. At Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (RDSA) compound in the Nigerian city of Warri, the gate […]

Our role in the $1.09b Malabu Oil mess, by Shell

Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited (SNUD) is in the centre of the Malabu Oil deal, for which it is being investigated by the British police. The Nation has obtained documents filed at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Posted by: Yusuf Alli The controversy over the $1.092, 040,000 Malabu Oil deal continues with […]

Calif city declares emergency over Shell Oil contamination

LOS ANGELES—The city of Carson declared a local emergency in a bid to spark faster cleanup of oil-tainted soil beneath hundreds of homes that residents say is a health danger. The council resolution said explosive methane and carcinogenic benzene are present under 285 homes that were built in the 1960s atop a former Shell tank […]

United States: Defamation Claims Increase Costs of Cooperation with Government Investigations

Following the 2010 settlements, a former employee sued Shell for defamation, claiming that Shell’s written report falsely stated that he recommended reimbursement to contractors for payments that he knew were bribes. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Shell, finding that Shell had an absolute privilege (i.e., immunity) for the statements it made to […]

Gulf of Mexico oil spill still dragging BP down

THE Gulf of Mexico oil spill will continue to cast its shadow over BP’s second-quarter results this week, leaving the door open for Shell to win the latest head-to-head tussle ­between the two rivals. by PETER RANSCOMBE THE Gulf of Mexico oil spill will continue to cast its shadow over BP’s second-quarter results this week, […]

Warning Over ‘Risky’ Drilling In The Arctic

MPs point to problems Shell has encountered in the Arctic in the past year and reiterate calls for a ‘sanctuary’ in the area. Saturday 27 July 2013 The Government has been accused of “complacently standing by” while oil and gas drilling starts in the Arctic despite the risks to the environment. Companies such as Shell […]

Shell returns to the Arctic to conduct sonar work

July 27th 11:57 am | Carey Restino Shell, which largely pulled out of the Arctic following a calamitous 2012 drilling season, is continuing its efforts with a geophysical survey of the ocean floor off the coast off Wainwright. In a story first covered by KTUU TV, Shell’s plans to conduct sonar work in the Chukchi […]

Alfred Donovan 1917 – 2013 RIP

My father, Alfred Donovan, passed away earlier today in Colchester Essex, after a short illness.  “Don”, as he was known to friends and family, served in the UK Regular Army – Royal Corp of Signals (Royal Berkshire Regiment) – for 12 years. From December 1933 until March 1946 he served in the UK, Palestine, Egypt […]

American Homes Contaminated by Shell Chemicals

Homes sitting atop a former Shell Oil tank farm are left contaminated with oil chemicals: City officials have partnered with 285 homeowners in the city of Carson, CA to expedite a cleanup of an oil contamination, which has led to lawsuits involving cancer, skin rashes and tumors in the Carousel housing tract, which sits on […]


Port Harcourt : Nigeria | Jul 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM PDT By AkanimoReports PROCEEDINGS at an environmental training workshop and capacity building for civil society groups on offshore oil exploration and exploitation in Nigeria and , Its Impact on lives and livelihoods, was characterized with some hot exchanges between pro and anti-establishment groups in […]

Nigeria: Slippery Justice for Victims of Oil Spills

The first lawsuit against Shell outside Nigeria took 13 years to be heard in court. It was filed in 1996 by the family of Ken Saro-Wiwa, an author and activist, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, under the Alien Tort Statute, a 1789 law that gives non-U.S. citizens […]

Shell hires for Arctic Offshore

Oil Patch Insider: Shell hires for Arctic Offshore Although media attention on Shell’s problems with its Alaska Arctic exploration program and the deferral of similar programs by ConocoPhillips and Statoil has tended to question the oil companies’ continuing commitment to the Arctic offshore, a recent half-page advertisement by Shell in the Anchorage Daily News would […]

Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence After Gulf Spill

“It’s another bad day for Halliburton and a very good day for BP,” said Fadel Gheit, a senior oil analyst at Oppenheimer. Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destruction of critical evidence after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, the Justice Department announced on Thursday. Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence After […]

Louisiana agency sues big oil firms for hurting wetlands

Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:36pm EDT (Reuters) – A Louisiana agency sued 97 oil companies – including BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp , Chevron Corp and Royal Dutch Shell Plc – in state court on Wednesday for allegedly damaging hundreds of miles of sensitive wetlands by cutting through them with pipelines and transportation canals. Governor […]


Gerry Bourke has opposed the imposition of the Corrib Gas project in his village over the past decade and has previously spoken out regarding the occupation of the area by Shell and IRMS security. Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington stated “Gerry Bourke was part of the Shell to Sea delegation which met the UN […]

$113bn oil deal: UK police probe Shell, ENI

In what appears to be an opening of an old wound, British Police yesterday said it was investigating a money laundering allegation of $1.3 billion in relation to an oil field bought by Shell and ENI from Nigeria. When contacted on the latest UK probe of OPL 245, a Shell spokesman, Precious Okolobo, in a […]

Shell denies links to money laundering allegations

Transparency campaigners, who asked the UK to look into the matter, assert that Shell and ENI used the Nigerian government as a go-between to obscure the fact that they were dealing with former oil minister Dan Etete, who also has a 2007 money-laundering conviction in France related to bribes he was alleged to have taken […]

Shell awards contract for worlds deepest floating production facility

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Emily Pickrell A Dutch offshore services company will provide a floating production platform for Royal Dutch Shell’s Stones field project in the Gulf of Mexico, which the companies say will be the deepest-water field served by such a vessel. Shell will lease the Floating Production Storage and […]

Latest French Guiana well is dry hole

By Sarah Young LONDON | Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:21am BST (Reuters) – Hopes French Guiana has commercial oil reserves like those of Ghana across the Atlantic suffered a new blow on Tuesday as a well off the Latin American country’s coast came in dry for explorers Tullow Oil (TLW.L) and Royal Dutch/Shell (RDSa.L). Tullow’s […]

Shell Oil to Conduct Chukchi Sea Sonar Surveys

The survey indicates Shell’s continued interest in Arctic drilling, despite its decision in February to shelve its 2013 plans for exploratory drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. That move followed difficulties such as the New Year’s Eve grounding of the conical drilling unit Kulluk, as well as safety and pollution violations aboard the drillship […]

UK Investigates Money Laundering Allegations Relating to Nigerian Oil Block

LONDON–U.K. authorities are investigating allegations of money laundering linked to a Nigerian oil block currently owned by subsidiaries of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Eni SpA, a spokeswoman for London’s Metropolitan Police said Thursday. FULL ARTICLE

Can you profit from the rising oil price?

Royal Dutch Shell shares have been volatile since it admitted it had problems replacing its oil reserves last year. Petrol prices roar away, but oil stocks are stuck in the slow lane. Emma Wall looks at the investment case. By Emma Wall: 21 Jul 2013 Feeling the effects of inflation at the pump? That’s because […]

Carson to declare emergency stemming from Carousel tract contamination

No one disputes that cancer-causing benzene, explosive methane and other hazardous compounds are present in the abandoned oil waste. But while Shell’s testers argue the chemicals don’t pose major health risks, residents and the investigators representing them say that people and pets have become sick and died from a spectrum of illnesses as a result […]

The smell of corruption surrounding Shell

Nigeria should revoke oil rights for which Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Eni SpA paid $1.1 billion, a parliamentary committee said, alleging that the acquisition process was “highly flawed.” Shell and Eni jointly bought Oil Prospecting License 245 from Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd., controlled by Dan Etete, a former oil minister, in 2011. Located […]

Shell upbeat on Gulf of Mexico potential

Published: July 18, 2013 at 8:12 AM HOUSTON, July 18 (UPI) — The Gulf of Mexico is expected to be a source of substantial oil production during the next several years, a Shell Oil executive said. Shell announced Wednesday it was closing down its Cardamom development in the Gulf of Mexico in order to retrofit […]

Nigeria: Shell, AGIP, Others Culpable in Crude Oil Theft in Nigeria – Presidency

Multinational oil firms including Shell, Agip and Chevron have complained of increasing rate of oil theft and sabotage of their facilities. Nigeria is estimated to lose about $6 billion annually to oil theft. The theft occurs despite the amnesty granted militants which has seen the federal government spend billions of Naira with some of the […]

Kashagan Oil Field Moves Closer to First Production

Hello John Just read this stuff below. I forgot how many years this first production is overdue but it could well be 10 years or so! Once they get it going, the production will increase a lot, there genuinely is a lot of oil there! Shell is one of the joint venture partners. By Sarah […]

Royal Dutch Shell up to its ears in corruption scandals

From a Washington Observer:  Royal Dutch Shell is in up to its ears in corruption scandals these days, and it appears an old one may make a comeback.   Within about 60 days or so rumor has it that the fellow whose classified Intellectual Property RDS targeted in the recent past will be filing a […]

New revelations in Shell Corrib Gas Corruption Scandal

Now Superintendent Thomas Murphy has approached OSSL saying that he is going to investigate. He has presented himself “as an independent person to the ongoing issues in Co Mayo” with clean hands. I can only guess that he did not receive a share of the free booze received from Shell by hundreds of his fellow […]

Pants on fire – billboard questions Minister’s contacts with oil company

Greenpeace have plastered: ‘Simon Bridges Pants on Fire’ on a central Wellington billboard, measuring almost 300 square metres and seen by thousands of people every day, and challenged the National MP to clear his name by releasing full details of a meeting he had with oil company Shell. Bridges had denied, in Parliament, having contact […]

Shell closes Nigerian oil pipeline again due to leak

The latest incident underscores how, despite a government crackdown, oil theft remains a persistent problem in Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, and continues to disrupt its crude supply. 07.15.2013  | By OBAFEMI OREDEIN IBADAN — Shell’s Nigerian unit has shut a trunk line of the Trans Niger Pipeline following a leak, barely a week after […]

Nigeria: House Summons Shell, Others Over Bonga Oil Spill

The House of Representatives Committee on Environment has summoned the management of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) over an oil spill that occurred at Shell’s Bonga Field in December 2011. By Onwuka Nzeshi, 15 July 2013 The House of Representatives Committee on Environment […]

Nigeria: Malabu Oil Deal – Reps Report Indicts Adoke, Shell, Agip

By Adesuwa Tsan, 15 July 2013 Ten months after its inauguration, the House of Representatives committee which investigated the transaction involving the Federal Government and Shell/Agip Companies and Malabu Oil and Gas Limited in respect of the Sale of Oil Bloc OPL 245 investigating has fingered the attorney- general of the federation (AGF), Mr. Mohammed […]

U.K. Regulators Reviewing Criminal Probe Over Oil Benchmarks

July 15, 2013: The U.K. antitrust regulator said it was reviewing whether there is enough evidence to start a criminal probe into manipulation of oil benchmarks while European Union officials conduct a civil investigation. The U.K. Office of Fair Trading said it was working with prosecutors and regulators to determine which agency should take a […]


The warning signs which read “Danger Sinkholes: Keep Back” were erected in order to warn users of the estuary of presence of the sinkhole, which have been up to 8 foot deep.  Residents were forced to put up the warning signs after both Mayo County Council and the Department of Energy & Natural Resources, despite […]

Meet global corruption’s hidden players

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR: John Etete and Shell mentioned in this talk about bribery and corruption. Worth viewing!

Greenpeace’s Shard stunt was bold, but will it help its cause?

Greenpeace has campaigned against Shell’s Arctic plans, with exploits including the boarding of a Shell icebreaker in the Baltic, the shutting down of 74 Shell petrol stations and last year’s elaborate internet hoax, featuring a spoof Shell webpage , and, within that, a display of satirical slogans supporting Arctic exploitation: “We’d drill a crippled orphan’s […]

BP, Shell, Statoil Face FTC Scrutiny in U.S. Oil Probe

BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Statoil ASA (STL) are under scrutiny by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as the agency probes whether they manipulated oil benchmarks published by Platts, according to a person familiar with the matter. The agency will probably issue civil investigative demands, which are similar to subpoenas, to oil […]

BP, Shell, Statoil face FTC scrutiny in US oil probe

First Published: Fri, Jul 12 2013: BP Plc., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Statoil ASA are under scrutiny by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as the agency probes whether they manipulated oil benchmarks published by Platts, according to a person familiar with the matter. FULL ARTICLE

The height of madness? Or a lofty ambition as six women scale Shard to make a point?

Ambitious Greenpeace stunt drew neck-craning crowds and widespread media coverage for protest against Shell’s Arctic drilling Tom Bawden: ENVIRONMENT EDITOR: Thursday 11 July 2013 As Western Europe’s tallest building, the Shard skyscraper in London already gets its fair share of attention. But commuters travelling to work today glimpsed an even more amazing sight: six women […]

Greenpeace activists scale the Shard to send an Arctic message to Shell

Six campaigners arrested after 310m tower ascent in stunt drawing attention to oil firm’s drilling plans Matthew Taylor, Peter Walker and Karl Mathiesen The Guardian, Thursday 11 July 2013 21.07 BST The sight of six tiny figures inching up the smooth glass exterior of Europe’s tallest building was almost too much for some of the […]

Six protesting Shell by climbing London’s Shard arrested, police say

By Saskya Vandoorne, CNN July 11, 2013 — Updated 2027 GMT (0427 HKT) London (CNN) — Six women who climbed one of Europe’s tallest buildings Thursday in an effort to rally against Shell’s Arctic drilling plan have been arrested, according to London’s Metropolitan Police. They were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and taken into […]

Shell shock as new boss is appointed

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL sprang another surprise on the City yesterday by naming its head of refining Ben van Beurden as its new chief executive to succeed Peter Voser next January. Published: Wed, July 10, 2013 Dutchman Van Beurden, 55, who has been with the Anglo-Dutch oil giant for 30 years but only appointed to the […]

Shell to Pay More Than $118 Million for Alleged Pollution – DOJ

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay more than $118 million to resolve allegations that its refinery and chemical plant near Houston emitted harmful amounts of benzene and other air pollutants, the Justice Department said. The company also agreed to pay a $2.6 million civil penalty. Chronic exposure to benzene, a carcinogen, can […]

YouTube: Shell Accused of Corrupting Irish Police Force

Published on Jul 9, 2013 OSSL claim that their company was a supplier to Shell in respect of the Corrib Gas Project. They allege that acting on Shell’s instructions, OSSL has distributed bribes on Shell’s behalf to parties connected with the project, including the Irish police force (the Garda) who have been the subject of […]

Shell: New Boss required but limited choices

As for Commander Odum, he of the theatre of Operations, only a marine incident etc school he was doomed not by the grounding of the good ship Kulluk, but in the lie telling that followed.  It was not I fear just poor Lawrence of Alaska who suffered from this misadventure.  COMMENT RECEIVED FROM BILL CAMPBELL, […]

Ben van Beurden is a Shell insider who made late rise to the top

FINANCIAL TIMES July 9, 2013 10:16 am Ben van Beurden is an insider who has made late rise to the top By John Aglionby He worked as private assistant to the chairman, Phil Watts, from 2002-2004, including during the 2004 accounting scandal, when it emerged Shell had overstated its oil reserves. This led to a […]

Shell’s new CEO reinforces gas technology focus

 …van Beurden is from the downstream part of the business which wrested control from the upstream oil and gas division in the aftermath of Shell’s reserves accounting crisis of 2003/2004. A chemical engineering graduate, van Beurden had a front seat for the crisis, in which the company was forced to downgrade its oil and gas […]

Shell picks Ben van Beurden as surprise new chief

Royal Dutch Shell has named Ben van Beurden, a 30-year company veteran, as its new chief executive in an unexpected appointment. By James Titcomb: 9:21AM BST 09 Jul 2013 The Anglo-Dutch energy giant said on Tuesday morning that Mr Van Beurden, 55, will take charge at the start of next year, with current CEO Peter […]