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Robert Writt vs. Shell Oil Company – Update

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 Shell decided  to make Robert Writt the fall guy for Shell’s involvement in the massive corruption scheme (targeting officials of a host […]

Roundup of Royal Dutch Shell News 16 August 2014

SHELL’S USA FIRE SALE The New York Times reports that the Blackstone Group, a private equity company, is paying Royal Dutch Shell $1.2 billion for a stake comprising more than 107,000 net acres in Louisiana. MORE A related article by BusinessReport.com features a quote from Marvin Odum, president of Royal Dutch Shell’s U.S. division, Shell […]

Royal Dutch Shell News Roundup Monday 11 Aug 2014

Rejection in Australia, Oil Spill Fire in Nigeria, Fire sale in the USA, Asbestos lawsuit in the UK By John Donovan AUSTRALIA The Australian reports that a fortnight after Woodside Petroleum shareholders scuttled a $2.7 billion plan to remove Royal Dutch Shell from the company’s share register, Woodside has bought a 40% stake in a […]

Shell’s unwelcome sponsorship of the arts

By John Donovan Earlier this year campaigners and climate activists applauded the end of the Shell Classic International series at the South Bank Centre in London.  SEE: Campaigners celebrate end of Shell’s Southbank sponsorship Protestors, including from the Shell OUT SOUNDS organisation and PlatformLondon.org strongly objected to what has been aptly described as “oil-branded concerts.” All take particular […]

First oil produced from SNEPCO-operated Bonga North West deep-water project in Nigeria

VERBATIM FROM A SHELL PRESS RELEASE 6 AUGUST 2014 06 Aug 2014 Shell’s deep-water subsidiary in Nigeria, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo) started oil production from the first well at the Bonga North West deep-water development off the Nigerian coast on Tuesday 5 August 2014, another milestone for the country’s energy industry. […]

Failure to clean Niger Delta oil pollution still devastating people’s health: Amnesty

Extracts from an Associated Press article by MARAM MAZEN published 3 August 2014 LAGOS, Nigeria – Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday. Oil production has contaminated the drinking water […]

Shell vs. Bodo Community: British Court To Hear Evidence In Nigeria

Extracts from an article by Tunde Oyedoyin published by The Guardian Nigeria on Friday 25 July 2014 A BRITISH court will temporarily sit in Nigeria next year in a bid to determine how much compensation Shell Nigeria should pay to the fishermen of the Bodo community, who were affected by the two massive oil spills that […]

Shell holds crisis talks with Niger Delta community over threat to operations

Extract from an article published by Platts on 24 July 2014 Shell has opened talks with leaders of the Nembe community in the Niger Delta to stave off potential unrest that could disrupt the company’s operations, a Shell spokesman said Thursday. The talks come after the Nembe community in Brass Local Government Area of southern Bayelsa State Wednesday […]

Royal Dutch Shell Playing Politics with Human Lives?

What is even more appalling is the fact that the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, is the one behind the scene steering the affairs of the Dutch Government and practically playing politics with ‘human lives.’ By Zik Gbemre RE: DESPITE ANGER OVER DOWNED JETLINER, EUROPE SHIES AWAY FROM SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA We find it rather […]

One of our sources: Joe McGinniss, the famed ‘journalist provocateur’

Extract from a Joe McGinniss email to a PR officer for one of the organizations supporting the plaintiffs in the Wiwa v Shell case, in which Joe (right) criticised the $15.5 million settlement:  But I can’t help sensing that after finally reaching the point where you were about to show the world the evidence of […]

South African anti-fracking group threatens legal challenge

Extract from a Reuters article by Ed Cropley published 22 July 2014 under the headline: “UPDATE 1-S.African anti-fracking group threatens legal challenge” JOHANNESBURG, July 22 (Reuters) – A South African anti-fracking group threatened a legal challenge on Tuesday to government plans to grant shale gas exploration licences in the pristine semi-desert of the Karoo, saying […]