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Shell and the National Gallery: welcome to a Moral Maze

Spotted this article on the website of the former Royal Dutch Shell executive, Paddy Briggs.  By Paddy Briggs I went to the superb exhibition “Rembrandt: The Late Works” at the National Gallery yesterday. The exhibition is sponsored by Shell – quite strongly as it happens. There are a couple of prominent Shell promotional displays and […]

Shell’s future in the Arctic looks doubtful

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Dec 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm EST There is a large question mark on whether Royal Dutch Shell (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) will continue a new round of drilling in the Chukchi Sea and the Beufort Sea in the Arctic or not. The company earlier filed a lawsuit against a group of environmentalists […]

Shell drilling company guilty of environmental and maritime crimes in Alaska’s Arctic

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Dec 19, 2014, 3:28 PM ET: By DAN JOLING Associated Press A drilling company has pleaded guilty to committing environmental and maritime crimes in Alaska’s Arctic. Bernie G. Wolford Jr., president of Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, appeared in federal court in Anchorage on Friday after reaching an agreement with prosecutors earlier this month. […]

Why Shell Is Facing Problems In The Arctic

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Dec 19, 2014 at 11:21 am EST Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) is uncertain over its plans to drill in the US Arctic. The final decision regarding the company is expected to come in March, 2015. During this time the company is likely to consider various factors before taking a […]

Shell may abandon Arctic drilling indefinitely

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell is expected to announce by March if it will go forward with plans to drill for oil in Arctic waters offshore Alaska in 2015, a decision which may have more to do with the outcome of court cases and U.S. government reviews than global market fundamentals. Shell’s decision is […]

PETER VOSER JOINS ANOTHER SCANDAL RIDDEN COMPANY 

By John Donovan A posting today on our Shell Blog… When Peter Voser’s departure as CEO was announced, it was explained that Peter wanted time for his family, hobbies and to give back to society. Today it was announced that he’s being proposed as Chairman of ABB (his previous employer) and he also took a […]

Shell’s spectacular belly flop into the Arctic Ocean

Even more troubling than Shell’s “Arctic-ready” armada problems is Shell’s spectacular failure of good judgment. To avoid an Alaska tax bill, company managers ordered its secondary drill rig towed south through the winter storm-lashed Gulf of Alaska despite the tug master’s prescient warning that: “the length of tow, at this time of the year, in […]

Donovan Verdict on Shell/Noble Arctic Crimes

By John Donovan People who are as familiar with Shell as I am, will know that Noble Drilling has stepped forward on commercial grounds to take the blame for the reckless screw-up that was actually directed by Shell, partly to evade tax. This was why Lawrence of Alaska (David Lawrence, the Shell VP supposedly responsible […]

Greenpeace Verdict On Shell/Noble Arctic Crimes

Greenpeace Arctic campaigner, Ian Duff, has issued the following statement: “Shell has proven time and again it can’t be trusted to manage its contractors safely. That Shell engaged Noble Drilling, a company now guilty of eight felonies, is the clearest indicator yet. Letting Shell back into such a precious and risky environment as the Arctic […]

U.S. Justice Department Chilling Verdict on Shell Arctic Drilling Company

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Monday, December 8, 2014 Drilling Company Charged with Environmental and Maritime Crimes in Alaska Noble Drilling (U.S.) LLC was charged with environmental and maritime crimes for operating the drill ship Noble Discoverer and the drilling unit Kulluk in violation of federal law in Alaska in 2012, the Department […]

Shell contractor faces $12.2M in environmental crime fines

The drilling operator of Shell’s ill-fated drill rig that ran aground south of Kodiak Island will plead guilty to eight felony offenses and has agreed to pay $12.2 million in fines and community service payments stemming from environmental and safety violations aboard its vessels, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday. Alaska Dispatch News article […]