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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.

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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.

According to the committee, which said it discovered the perceived abuse at the weekend, the erring companies are to appear before the committee to explain why they have failed to comply with labour laws.

The committee, which threatened that any company found culpable of the alleged abuse would be punished, added that over 60 per cent of major construction companies and oil giants in the country have refused to comply with labour laws.

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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.

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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.

After Warri saw some of the nation’s worst unrest in two decades, Shell has sold land-based fields that pumped about 400,000 barrels a day in the 1990s, valued at $1.2 billion a month at today’s crude prices, and is buying fields offshore.

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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

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Posted by: Yusuf Alli

The controversy over the $1.092, 040,000 Malabu Oil deal continues with one of the parties, Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited (SNUD) opening up on how it acquired 40 per percent equity in Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245 in 2000.

The company insisted that it followed due process and consulted with relevant officials in the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

It also claimed that it received verbal assurances from the then Vice-President Atiku Abubakar that there was no objection from the Federal Government to Shell acquiring an interest in OPL 245.

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Calif city declares emergency over Shell Oil contamination

Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 15.49.49LOS 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 farm. Waste petroleum was discovered beneath the housing tract five years ago. Residents and the city have filed several lawsuits against Shell, alleging the contamination has caused cancer and other illnesses as well as hurt property values.

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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 farm. Waste petroleum was discovered beneath the housing tract five years ago.

Residents and the city have filed several lawsuits against Shell, alleging the contamination has caused cancer and other illnesses as well as hurt property values.

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

Screen Shot 2013-03-21 at 23.08.19Following 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 DOJ. The Texas court of appeals reversed that finding on June 24, 2013, holding that Shell’s written report was covered by only a conditional privilege. Consequently, Shell is not immune from suit if the former employee can show that Shell’s actions were motivated by malice.

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Last Updated: July 26 2013

Article by J. Patrick Rowan

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Disclosing the results of a company’s internal investigation to government investigators is always fraught with potential problems. The most obvious is the danger of waiving attorney-client privilege and work product protections that would otherwise shield the internal investigation from discovery in parallel litigation. But another less-heralded danger is the risk of defamation claims by employees identified through the investigation as having participated in illegal activity. The risk associated with such claims was on display in a recent ruling by a Texas court of appeals, which held that Shell Oil Company was entitled to only a conditional privilege, and not “immunity,” for statements it made in a written report to the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding alleged violations of the FCPA.

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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.

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by PETER RANSCOMBE

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.

BP is likely to set aside more cash to help pay for the damage caused in 2010, when an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on the Macondo well killed 11 workers and caused the United States’ worst oil spill.

Last week’s pictures of the fire on Walter Oil & Gas’s Hercules rig in the Gulf of Mexico will have brought back memories of the disaster for Louisiana residents.

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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.

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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 are not yet able to demonstrate they could clean up an oil spill in the harsh but pristine conditions of the Arctic, MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) said.

And a recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that only a third of proved reserves of fossil fuels can be burnt before 2050 if global temperatures are to be kept from rising by more than 2C, widely regarded as the threshold for “dangerous” climate change.

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Shell returns to the Arctic to conduct sonar work

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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 Sea this year. The company plans to examine the sea floor for ice gouges in several locations, documents submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Management explain. The surveys are continuations of similar programs conducted by Shell in the Beaufort Sea beginning in 2006 and in the Chukchi Sea in 2008, Shell writes in its activity notice to the agency.

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Alfred Donovan 1917 – 2013 RIP

Screen Shot 2013-07-27 at 18.49.33My 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 and India, and he fought in the Burma campaign in World War 2. He was a successful businessman operating a chain of garages in East London for many years, before co-founding the sales promotion agency Don Marketing, which had many blue chip clients, including Guinness, Whitbread, BP, Conoco and Royal Dutch Shell. Nearly 10 years ago he was the co-founder of this website. He was everything that anyone would wish their father to be.

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American Homes Contaminated by Shell Chemicals

Screen Shot 2013-07-20 at 12.11.46Homes 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 top of a former Shell Oil tank farm. The oil contamination has been a problem in Carousel since 2008 when tests revealed that the soil beneath these homes contained high levels of benzene and petroleum. In addition to the extraordinarily high benzene levels, the soil has also tested positive for dangerously high levels of methane, leading some environmental experts to fear a massive fireball at Carousel should the gasses ever make it to the surface.

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Written by Shannen Hill Sentinel Intern [email protected]: Published on Friday, 26 July 2013

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 top of a former Shell Oil tank farm.

The oil contamination has been a problem in Carousel since 2008 when tests revealed that the soil beneath these homes contained high levels of benzene and petroleum. In addition to the extraordinarily high benzene levels, the soil has also tested positive for dangerously high levels of methane, leading some environmental experts to fear a massive fireball at Carousel should the gasses ever make it to the surface.

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HOT AIR IN NIGERIA OVER MASSIVE BONGA OIL SPILL

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Port Harcourt : Nigeria | Jul 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM PDT

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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 Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital in Southern Nigeria, on Thursday.

Leading the controversial debate on Growing Offshore Oil Exploration and Production, Livelihoods, Environment and Civil Society in Nigeria, Dr. Fidelis Allen of Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) at the event that was organized by Environmental Rights Action (ERA) said offshore oil exploration was not attractive in Nigeria before 1999 but has been growing after that time.

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Nigeria: Slippery Justice for Victims of Oil Spills

Screen Shot 2012-11-27 at 12.12.54The 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 the right to file lawsuits in U.S. courts for violations of international law committed outside the U.S. Although Shell settled out of court in 2009 and agreed to pay the Saro-Wiwa family $15.5 million, it denied the charges that included complicity in human rights abuses and inhumane treatment of the Ogoni people.

In a stunning and dramatic legal ruling that echoed from the serene court chambers in the Netherlands to the heart of rural Niger Delta in Nigeria, the District Court of The Hague dismissed all but one of the lawsuits brought against Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company, by a group of farmers seeking compensation for the environmental damage caused by the company.

The lawsuit was filed in 2008 by four fishermen and farmers accusing Shell of ruining their livelihoods through environmental degradation. The claims centred on oil spills that occurred between 2004 and 2007 at the Ibibio-I oil well in the village of Ikot Ada Udo in Akwa Ibom State.

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Shell hires for Arctic Offshore

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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 seem to imply that the company’s Alaska program is still alive and well. The advertisement, seeking job applications from “engineering and technical professionals,” says that Shell is seeking to fill immediate vacancies based in Anchorage. Those vacancies include positions such as a marine contracts manager, an ice management lead, well engineers and well supervisors, the advertisement says.

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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.

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Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence After Gulf Spill

By : A version of this article appeared in print on July 26, 2013, on page B1 of the New York edition with the headline: Halliburton Will Admit Destroying Data on Spill.

HOUSTON — 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.

The oil services company said it would pay the maximum allowable fine of $200,000 and will be subject to three years of probation. It will also continue its cooperation in the government’s criminal investigation. Separately, Halliburton made a voluntary contribution of $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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Louisiana agency sues big oil firms for hurting wetlands

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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 Bobby Jindal quickly accused the agency of overreach and said the filing should be withdrawn.

The suit demands the oil industry pay for or remediate environmental damages stemming from decades of work that allegedly caused erosion and hurt coastal wetlands – which experts say serve as critical buffers during floods and higher ocean swells from hurricanes, like the 2005 Katrina disaster.

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IRISH FARMER ARRESTED FOR OPPOSING SHELL CORRIB

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 17.00.32Gerry 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 Human Rights Defenders Special Rapporteur Mrs Sekaggya last year; Mrs Sekaggya’s report delivered to the UN earlier this year was critical of the Shell/Corrib policing methods and made specific recommendations thereto. Alan Shatter and the party of ‘law and order’ chose to ignore these recommendations and so Shell and the police continue to operate here as they do in Nigeria.”

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Thursday 25th July 2013

AUGHOOSE FARMER ARRESTED FOR OPPOSING SHELL

Early yesterday morning, Mayo farmer Gerry Bourke was arrested by Gardaí  at his home in Aughoose, Co. Mayo.  He was held for 6 hours at Belmullet Garda station before being charged with criminal damage and trespass at Shell’s tunneling compound at Aughoose.

Mr Bourke was questioned by Garda Hugh Egan, who was previously recorded joking about raping female anti-Shell campaigners in 2011.  Garda Egan was briefly moved to Castlebar in the immediate aftermath of the recording being made public, however he remains actively involved in policing Corrib protests. [1]

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$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 text message to Daily Sun said “No comment.”

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By ADEWALE SANYAOLU with Agency reports

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.

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 in the deep offshore waters of the Gulf of Guinea, it is estimated to hold at least 9.2 billion barrels of crude reserves worth $1 trillion.

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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 when in government.

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British police are investigating a money-laundering allegation related to a big oil field bought by Shell and ENI from Nigeria for $1.3bn (€982m), after most of the cash they paid ended up in a company linked to a former Nigerian oil minister.

The probe concerns offshore block OPL 245, which industry sources say contains up to 9.23 billion barrels of crude – more than enough to keep China running for two and a half years – the ownership of which had been in dispute for more than a decade.

“The proceeds of crime unit is investigating a money-laundering allegation in the UK in connection with OPL 245. The investigation is at an early stage,” a UK spokesman said.

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 when in government.

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Shell awards contract for worlds deepest floating production facility

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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 Offloading vessel from  SBM Offshore for development of its Stones field, which is in 9,500 of water and approximately 200 miles offshore.

The companies did not disclose the value of the contract in their announcement Tuesday.

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Latest French Guiana well is dry hole

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 production in Ghana has helped finance exploration across Africa and tempted it off the coasts of French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana – to which west Africa was connected millions of years ago, and which has similar geology.

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Shell Oil to Conduct Chukchi Sea Sonar Surveys

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By Chris Klint Channel 2 News: 2:36 p.m. AKDT, July 22, 2013: ANCHORAGE, Alaska—

Shell Oil plans to conduct sonar work in the Chukchi Sea this year, inspecting seafloor sites where it might build pipelines to offshore oil wells if its exploration plans for the Arctic ultimately bear fruit.

The geophysical survey work, considered ancillary to Shell’s Arctic exploration plan, involves visiting federally controlled regions of Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf to assess the presence of “ice gouges” in the seafloor caused by passing icebergs or shallow hazards to navigation. It involves a single vessel towing a magnetometer and a sonar array, which measures sound returns from an airgun to map the seabed. About 620 miles of ice gouge surveys will be conducted, along with nearly 2,000 miles of shallow hazards surveys.

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UK Investigates Money Laundering Allegations Relating to Nigerian Oil Block

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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.

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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.

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Petrol prices roar away, but oil stocks are stuck in the slow lane. Emma Wall looks at the investment case.

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By 21 Jul 2013

Feeling the effects of inflation at the pump? That’s because the oil price has risen steeply. Since early June, Brent crude has risen from a little more than $100 to reach $108.60 a barrel. Overall inflation rose to 2.9pc last week from 2.7pc the previous month – largely because the increase in the price of oil.

But despite the climbing price of oil, the value of oil stocks – and funds that invest in them – has so far failed to enjoy similar gains. But that could change.

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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 abandScreen Shot 2013-07-20 at 12.11.46oned 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 of living in the community.

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By Sandy Mazza, Staff Writer: Posted: 07/19/2013

Carson is on the verge of declaring a local emergency to spur more rapid cleanup of its environmentally contaminated Carousel housing tract, which sits on a former oil tank farm that left untold amounts of petroleum just a few feet below the neighborhood’s 285 homes.

The city filed a claim for damages this week in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that Shell Oil Co. is trespassing and creating a public nuisance that is causing injury. On Thursday night, council members told staff to prepare an emergency resolution seeking immediate remediation of the problem.

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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 in the deep offshore waters of the Gulf of Guinea, it is estimated to hold at least 9 billion barrels of crude reserves worth $1 trillion…

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By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo: July 19, 2013

Nigeria should revoke oil rights for which Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Eni SpA (ENI) 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 in the deep offshore waters of the Gulf of Guinea, it is estimated to hold at least 9 billion barrels of crude reserves worth $1 trillion, according to a probe report by a House of Representatives committee filed as a public record and provided to Bloomberg yesterday.

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Shell upbeat on Gulf of Mexico potential

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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 a drilling platform for future development. Shell set drilling records for depth and production with its Auger platform and it’s expected to reach a peak production rate of 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent by next year.

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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 militants also securing multi-billion Naira security contracts from both the companies and the government.

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A vessel mv sea express laden with some 2,500 tones of crude impounded by joint task force in the niger delta, operation pulo shield at okuboto creek in bayelsa state.

Nigeria loses billions of dollars annually to crude oil theft.

The presidency has accused multinational oil companies of complicity in the increased rate of crude oil theft in the Niger Delta.

The Special Assistant to the President on Amnesty, Kingsley Kuku, has said the companies are aware that their Nigerian employees engage in oil theft in the Niger Delta region and do nothing about it.

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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.

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By Sarah Kent

LONDON–The giant Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan has moved one step closer toward first production with the introduction of gas into its offshore facility, the field’s operator said in a statement Wednesday.

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Royal Dutch Shell up to its ears in corruption scandals

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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 lawsuit in Federal Court in Washington, D.C. The target of that suit will apparently be DoD, DoN, and DoE. Because classified information is involved it is a good guess that this suit will be a ‘sealed’ filing. At that point in time my sources tell me that ‘all hell will break lose’. As it happens to be, when certain breaches of security occur the law requires formal notification of both the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, as well as the White House. At this stage of the game however, this should just be a formality. It is also a dead certainty that the nature of this suit against these agencies will ensure that Shell’s shenanigans pertaining to industrial espionage over the years will become a matter of serious interest and discussion.
 
This story could take on a who new life of its own.

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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 County Mayo Garda police officers. With all due respect to Superintendent Murphy, he can hardly be described as “independent”. However, if Superintendent Murphy decides to press ahead, the first person he should approach is Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan. He should ask Gilligan if he personally helped unload a delivery of alcohol at Bellmullet Garda station. (He did) If Gilligan declines to answer without first seeking advice from his lawyer, that alone would speak volumes. Superintendent Murphy may also wish to ask Gilligan and the other Garda who offloaded the free booze, who paid for it, who delivered it and who ended up drinking it?

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

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 14.20.10Greenpeace 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 with oil companies about a controversial Crown Minerals Bill amendment, which concerns protests at sea. But when it emerged that he had met Shell just weeks before announcing the amendment, the Labour Party said it ‘appears that Mr Bridges misled Parliament’.

News from Greenpeace: July 16, 2013

Energy minister Simon Bridges’ failure to clear his name in response to allegations he has misled Parliament has been highlighted in one of the capital city’s most prominent sites this week.

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.

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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.

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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 reopening it, the company said.

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.

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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.

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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.

Also summoned are the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as well as representatives of about 88 fishing communities located in Warri South-west and Warri North Local Government Areas of Delta State.

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

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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 Adoke (SAN), Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, SNEPCO and Nigerian Agip Exploration of complicity in the settlement agreement on OPL 245.

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U.K. Regulators Reviewing Criminal Probe Over Oil Benchmarks

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Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 16.05.05July 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 lead role. The EU in May raided Platts, Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), BP Plc (BP/), and Statoil ASA (STL) as part of a civil investigation into the possible rigging of benchmark energy assessments.

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RESIDENTS RAISE SINKHOLE WARNING SIGNS OVER SHELL TUNNEL

Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 07.03.50The 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 being contacted, have failed to take any action.

News release – Issued by Shell to Sea
Monday 15th July 2013

RESIDENTS RAISE SINKHOLE WARNING SIGNS OVER SHELL TUNNEL
— Local community forced to act after State agencies ignore danger —

Yesterday, local residents and supporters raised signs on Sruwaddacon estuary, warning of the sinkholes that continue to appear over Shell’s tunnel.  Residents first noticed the sinkholes beginning to appear in the special area of conservation on the 20th May and numerous sinkholes have appeared along the tunnel route since then.

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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 spine if there was some oil in it.”

The group’s motives are clearly sound, but such vivid protests are no guarantee of winning the war of words

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The Observer,

In its simplicity and boldness, the scaling of the Shard must be the most appealing show ever staged by Greenpeace in all of that organisation’s long history of grabbing public attention. No biohazard suits, no showing off, no David and Goliath stand-offs requiring David to shout through a megaphone – just six climbers, a sunny day and a great crowd of awed Londoners – and beyond that, countless followers online, doing no work. This must have been the effect David Blaine had hoped for in 2003, when he hung a plexiglass box nearby, and starved for 44 days. Instead, Londoners threw buns at him.

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

Screen Shot 2013-05-17 at 01.06.41BP 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 companies, trading firms and pricing services as the investigation progresses…

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By Sara Forden – Jul 12, 2013 1:08 AM GMT+0100

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 FTC’s early-stage investigation into oil prices mirrors a review by the European Union, which raided the offices of the three companies and Platts in May, two people familiar with the probe said last month. Platts, the energy news and data provider owned by McGraw Hill Financial Inc. (MHFI), publishes the Dated Brent benchmark that contributes to setting the price of more than half the world’s oil.

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

Screen Shot 2013-07-12 at 15.36.57First 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.

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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

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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 scaling the 310m-high landmark in protest against Shell’s drilling in the Arctic.

Taking part in a hugely ambitious Greenpeace stunt that took months to plan, the climbers quickly drew a large crowd of neck-craning, eye-shielding spectators to the foot of the London Bridge building.

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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

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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 onlookers gathered below.

“Rather them than me,” said Nigel Steward, 55, who was on a day trip from home in Surrey with his wife and her sister. “We were on the viewing platform earlier and could see them coming up. It was quite a sight.”

Steward was one of hundreds of people craning their necks at the base of the Shard in central London as a team of six environmental campaigners scaled the 310-metre glass tower above London Bridge to draw attention to Shell’s oil and gas drilling plans in the Arctic.

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

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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 custody, according to the police.

The women from the environmental group Greenpeace said they dodged security guards around The Shard and, once on top, they planned “to hang a huge work of art that captures the beauty” of the Arctic.

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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.

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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 board in January as boss of its downstream operations, had not been touted as a likely contender to replace Voser, whose decision to stand down after less than five years in the top job had stunned investors.

Analysts had focused on chief financial officer Simon Henry and other divisional heads including Marvin Odum and Andy Brown as potential successors, although Shell also reviewed outside candidates.

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

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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 cause leukemia…

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Shell cuts deal with U.S. to cut pollution at Houston refinery

HOUSTON | Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:01pm EDT

(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc has agreed to cut pollution at its joint-venture 327,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in the Houston suburb of Deer Park, Texas, according to an announcement on Wednesday by the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Under the agreement, which will take the form of a consent decree entered in U.S. District Court, Shell will install at least $115 million worth of equipment that will cut pollution from safety flares at the Deer Park refinery and adjoining chemical plant, according to the announcement.

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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 serious accusations of wrong doing by environmental activists protesting against the project. The main accusation being that the Garda has acted as an offshoot of Shell security. For more info please visit: http://royaldutchshellplc.com/2013/03…

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Shell: New Boss required but limited choices

Screen Shot 2012-09-19 at 09.13.48As 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, RETIRED HSE GROUP AUDITOR, SHELL INTERNATIONAL:

Dear John

It was not a surprise to me that Simon Henry was not in the running, the Head Shed watchers of this website would have realised that he carried heavy baggage from the reserves affair, also Shell does not appreciate the washing of its dirty linen in public, the stories for example from the lips of Simon that Pastor Phil (did he have an out of spacesuit experience when he passed through the heavenly layer on his way back to ground at Maastricht and was thus converted) was carrying a huge chip on his shoulder because he was not an Oxbridge man, who knows.  Henry, as the Bedouin are fond of saying say, was outside the tent pissing in, an unforgivable sin.

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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 major purge of senior management but Mr van Beurden continued to rise.

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Shell’s new CEO reinforces gas technology focus

 Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 00.09.36…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 reserves that top executives had over-estimated for years. He worked between 2002 and 2004 as management assistant to Phil Watts, the head of company who was sacked in the aftermath of the debacle in 2004.

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LONDON | Tue Jul 9, 2013 9:38am EDT

(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) named refining head Ben van Beurden as its new chief executive, picking a man with little board-level experience but broad company exposure and first-hand knowledge of the gas technology it has bet its future on.

Van Beurden, who became head of refining, marketing and chemicals in January, has been at the Anglo-Dutch group for 30 years and spent a decade in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.

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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.

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By : 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 Voser remaining at Shell until May.

When Mr Voser stunned investors by resigning two months ago, Mr Van Beurden (pictured right) was not believed to be one of the frontrunners, with chief financial officer Simon Henry touted as a likely successor. Mr Van Beurden runs Shell’s downstream business, which sells petrol to consumers and industry, and is a relative unknown.

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