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Shell offers $51 million to settle Nigerian oil spills claim, but will pay much more

By John Donovan The London law firm Leigh Day has rightly rejected a £30 million pounds ($51 million) offer from Shell to settle a compensation claim from 15,000 residents of the Bodo community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria.  The offer emerged from a London court hearing on Friday 20 June 2014. The […]

Shell Says Wins U.K. Court Ruling in Nigerian Oil Spills Case

BloombergBusinessweek article by Jeremy Hodge published Friday 20 June 2014 A Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) subsidiary said it won a preliminary ruling in a U.K. court against thousands of Nigerians who say their land, rivers and wetlands were spoiled by two oil spills in the Niger River delta in 2008. Judge Robert Akenhead ruled […]

Shell signs surveillance deal with Ogoni, denies plot to resume oil production

Extracts from TheGuardian (Nigeria) article by Kelvin Ebiri published 19 June 2014 SHELL Petroleum Development Company has said its signing of multimillion dollar pipeline surveillance contract with some Ogoni communities in Rivers State, is not a plot to resume oil production there. The company which was forced to shut its operational activities in Ogoni in […]

UK COURT TO DELIVER PRELIMINARY JUDGMENT ON SUIT AGAINST SHELL

Article by Ejiofor Alike published 19 June 2014 by Codewit World News A United Kingdom Court will on June 20 deliver judgment on preliminary issues raised in the legal action brought by about 15,000 members of Bodo community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State against Shell. The 15,000 fishermen are seeking compensation for […]

Esther Kiobel castigates UK and Dutch joint intervention in U.S. Supreme Court Case

Esther Kiobel of Kiobel-v-Shell fame speaking at an Amnesty International Event By John Donovan Amnesty International published an article in April 2014 revealing that the British government had intervened on the side of Royal Dutch Shell in the Kiobel-v-Shell case before the U.S. Supreme Court  and had done so after being lobbied by Shell. A related […]

Shell chief to visit Nigeria in effort to clean up oil spills

Extract from a Guardian article by Terry Macalister published Sunday 1 June 2014 Ben van Beurden, the chief executive of Shell, will go to Nigeria this week to try to restore his firm’s tarnished reputation by winning local support for a clean-up strategy to tackle old oil spills in the Delta. FULL ARTICLE (c) Guardian […]

Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron illicit payments

Extracts from a Thomson Reuters Foundation article by Alia Dharssi published Thu, 29 May 2014 US oil firm prosecutions show need for transparency – activists TORONTO – Oil and gas companies with major US operations have been the subject of at least 30 prosecutions related to bribes paid to foreign governments under the US Foreign […]

Ogonis charge Nigerian Federal Government and Shell on UNEP report

Extract from a Daily Post article by Victor Azubuike published 28 May 2014 The people of Ogoni are calling on the Federal Government to set up a structure to help facilitate the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, report following a new revelation by Shell. “Following last week’s surprise announcement by Shell’s new CEO, […]

‘Cleaned’ Nigerian sites still blighted by oil as Shell’s efforts to contain spills makes slow progress, says report

Swathes of land and waterways in the Niger Delta are once again blighted with oil only months on from Shell’s clean-up efforts… Extracts from a This is Money article by Rob Davies published 26 May 2014 Shell’s efforts to contain spills in Nigeria are making stuttering progress, with supposedly restored sites still mired in oil, […]

Shell Says It’s Considering Climate Change Risks And Trying To Reduce Flaring In Nigeria

Extracts from a International Business Times article by Meagan Clark published 20 May 2014 Netherlands-based oil giant Royal Dutch Shell told investors in the Hague on Tuesday that the company considers climate change in its decisions and that its efforts to reduce natural gas flaring in Nigeria, a main cause of pollution in West Africa, […]

Shell’s Nigeria Investments At Risk From Corruption Scandal, Investors Warned

Extracts from an article by Global Witness published on 19 May 2014 by allAfrica.com Royal Dutch Shell’s involvement in a deal which saw $1.1bn diverted into the hands of a former Nigerian oil minister could see the company lose a valuable oil block, says Global Witness. The deal for oil block OPL 245 off the […]