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Oil majors BP and Shell may be ready for more mergers

Some of Shell’s big shareholders are said to be frustrated by the company’s continued spending on expensive far-flung projects that fail to yield healthy returns. Alongside its profit warning at the start of this year, Shell announced that it was halting a controversial exploration programme off the coast of Alaska because the costs had far outweighed […]

Offshore oil plan could be ‘game over’ for climate

Extract from an article by Professor Richard Steiner published 25 July 2014 by The Arctic Sounder Already suffering extreme effects of climate change, drilling in the Arctic Ocean would make matters worse by adding significant industrial disturbance, including platforms, pipelines, tankers, ports, ship and air traffic, underwater noise, suspended sediment, and of course oil spills […]

Behind the scenes at Greenpeace’s Lego and Shell protest viral video

From an article published by the Guardian newspaper on 22 July 2014 It had more than 4.5m views in its first week… The film was designed to increase the pressure on Lego to cut its ties with Shell. Arguably it is the way the film subverts and disrupts expectations that explains why more than 4.5 […]

It’s try, try, try again for Shell in the Arctic

Extracts from a Petroleum News article by Eric Lidji published week of 20 July 2014 under the headline: “Explorers 2014: It’s try, try, try again for Shell in the Arctic” Shell has cancelled its past two exploration programs in the Arctic and the 2015 program is uncertain. As Royal Dutch Shell plc nears the end […]

Greenpeace urges Lego to end Shell partnership

Extract from an article by Adam Vaughan published by The Guardian on Tuesday 1 July 2014 On Tuesday the environmental group will target the Danish company, which has distributed more than 16m Shell-branded toys via petrol stations in 26 countries, hoping to pressure it through “creative action” and mobilising the 5 million “Arctic supporters” it […]

Peter Voser spending more time with his family

By John Donovan When the surprise announcement was made by Peter Voser that he would be stepping down early from his position as Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, it was claimed that his early exit was prompted by a sudden desire to spend more time with his family. It supposedly had nothing to […]

Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise: Russia ‘frees protest ship’

Extract from a BBC News article published 6 June 2014 Russian authorities have released the Greenpeace ship seized after a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic last year, the environmental group says. The Arctic Sunrise, which had been held in the port of Murmansk, is back in the hands of campaigners, Greenpeace said. FULL […]

Report finds nations are woefully unprepared for Arctic oil spills

Extract from a PRI Public Radio International article by Adam Wernick published Friday Friday 6 June  Back in January, Royal Dutch Shell announced it was abandoning plans to drill for oil in the Arctic waters near Alaska. It was the second time in two years the company was forced to postpone plans to drill in […]

Noble Discoverer headed to Singapore

Shell workers scramble to the beach in Dutch Harbor to assess the situation with the drilling ship Noble Discoverer when it went aground while on Arctic assignment. One of the many incidents that destroyed Shell’s reputation and severely delayed its Arctic/Alaska offshore drilling plans. Extract from an upstream online article by Katherine Schmidt published 5 June 2014 The drillship […]

Traci Alford of Shell confesses ‘not everyone likes us…’

By John Donovan Interesting Marketing magazine interview published today with Traci Alford, the global head of Shell’s fuels branding located at Shell’s new regional HQ in Singapore. Traci confesses that “not everyone likes us…” How perceptive. Talks about Shell’s painful experience online.  Claims that Shell wants a online dialogue with consumers. Perhaps she is unaware […]

Interior takes step toward resuming Arctic exploration

Extract from an article by Laura Barron-Lopez  published 27 May 2014 by THE HILL Royal Dutch Shell may be able to resume Arctic oil and gas exploration if the Interior Department sticks to the timeline it filed to the U.S. District Court of Alaska. In a fling made Friday, Interior set a timeline for conducting […]