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Ogoni People Reject Belema Oil, Express Fear of State Repression

“We urge the government of Nigeria and the Shell Petroleum Company to clearly understand that the Ogoni problem is like an open wound, the issues have to be resolved and no amount of coercion, blackmail, backdoor conspiracy will subject the people to give up on this very costly struggle for survival.” 22 Feb 2015 An […]

Shell Denies Abandoning New Bonga Project

From an article published 16 February 2015 by The Tide under the headline: Shell Denies Abandoning New Bonga Project Extracts The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) has denied recent reports that it has stopped the development of the strategic Bonga South West/Aparo (BSWA) project due to the slump in international oil price. […]

Shell knew of fraud and moneylaundering activities during purchase of an oilfield in Nigeria

This story is currently being reported by multiple Dutch news publishers on 31 Jan 2015 Non professional translation Shell knew of dubious practices in Nigeria Shell knew of fraud and moneylaundering activities during the purchase of an oilfield in Nigeria. This is a statement in OneWorld magazine in an investigation of “dubious” trading in the […]

Who Will Rule the Oil Market?

OPINION ARTICLE BY DANIEL YERGIN PUBLISHED IN PRINT BY THE NEW YORK TIMES ON SATURDAY 25 JAN 2015 WASHINGTON — A HISTORIC change of roles is at the heart of the clamor and turmoil over the collapse of oil prices, which have plummeted by 50 percent since September. For decades, Saudi Arabia, backed by the […]

Detoxifying Shell’s online image: Possible or Impossible? 

By John Donovan  Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Possible as its global digital agency, starting with corporate brand work. Seems a safe assumption that one important aspect will be an attempt to detoxify the reputation of Shell, which has recently agreed to pay huge settlements of litigation arising from environmental pollution in Nigeria and the […]

Niger delta communities to sue Shell in London

From an article by John Vidal published by The Guardian on Wed 7 Jan 2015 under the headline: “Niger delta communities to sue Shell in London for oil spill compensation” Niger delta communities hit by oil spills will bypass Nigerian courts and try to sue Shell and other oil companies in London following the £55m […]

Shell settles Nigerian oil spills claim for $83.5 million

An AFP article published 7 Jan 2015 by Mail Online under the headline: “Shell strikes Nigerian oil spills compensation deal” Royal Dutch Shell has agreed a multi-million-dollar settlement to compensate 15,600 Nigerian fishermen over two serious oil spills in 2008 after a three-year legal battle, both parties announced Wednesday. The Anglo-Dutch energy giant’s Nigerian arm […]

Evil repercussions of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Plaintiff Esther Kiobel (L) joins a protest against Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington October 1, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron By John Donovan Yesterday, Reuters published an article about the legal repercussions in the USA from the landmark decision in 2013 by the U.S. Supreme Court in the famed Kiobel v. […]

What’s New: Shell Blames Thieves for Recent Oil Spills in Nigeria

In November, Amnesty International released court documents that it said showed Shell knew its pipeline at Bodo was shoddy. Shell denies the claim. Article by Chris Stein published by The Voice of America: 08 December 2014 ACCRA, GHANA—A recent oil spill in Nigeria sent about 3,800 barrels gushing out of a pipeline and into the […]

Shell, Eni, and the $533 million paid out in Nigerian bribes

In October 2014 the media reported that Italian prosecutors were alleging that half of the $1.1 billion paid for an oil producing lease (OPL) by Eni and Royal Dutch Shell had gone on bribes to Nigerian politicians, intermediaries and others. Extracts from an article by Babajide Oladipo Ogundipe: 8 December 2014 In October 2014 the […]

Danger to Shell from Class Action Lawsuits Arising from Bribery

By John Donovan Two articles have just been published about bribery that have relevance to Shell and its shareholders. An article by The Economist under the headline “Graft work” makes the point that “The most briberiddled sectors are oil, gas, mining, construction and transport.” Extract GONE are the days when multinationals could book bribes paid […]

Worst Shell oil spill into Niger Delta for years

COMMENT RECEIVED ON THIS REUTERS ARTICLE FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR: Shell says the leak was the result of attempted theft…and the leak occurred seven or eight miles from the shore? I guess the oil thieves are now using submarines….. Reuters report December 03, 2014 Thousands of Barrels of Shell Oil Spill Into Niger Delta BONNY […]

Shell’s disdain for its governing constitution, Shell Business Principles

By John Donovan A few days ago I published an article pointing out that the Shell Business Principles document, proclaiming Shell’s core values and setting out the ethical platform on which Royal Dutch Shell supposedly operates, is conspicuously out of date. The version published on shell.com still bears the name of Peter Voser who resigned […]

Nigerian Parliament Fines Shell 3.96 Billion For Bonga Oil Spill

Published: November 29, 2014 at 6:55 am EST By: Micheal Kaufman Nigeria is a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting countries and is the largest crude oil producer in Africa. At one point, the country had a great demand for its oil exports in the US and enjoyed high profit margins. However, the US […]

Falling oil prices hit Africa more than Ebola

By Ed Cropley JOHANNESBURG, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Plunging world oil prices have dealt a blow to Africa far greater – in purely economic terms – than Ebola, setting back investment in exploration and plans to industrialise. The highest profile victim so far has been Africa’s top producer, Nigeria, which was forced to devalue its […]

Shell Lied to Dutch Court About Oil Spills in Nigeria

The significance of the Newsweek article is therefore threefold: firstly Shell appears to have misled the court in the Hague which from a reputational perspective is extremely damaging (hence the headline of the article), secondly the case will now return to court for a retrial, and thirdly the lawyers and witnesses in the original case […]

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