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U.S. Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked to Quest for Oil and Gas

“Predicting risk is also hard, the report noted, because there is no scientific consensus on just how powerful such quakes can be. The report estimated the effects of shocks up to magnitudes 6 and 7, while noting that some scientists have speculated that the catastrophic 7.9-magnitude earthquake in China in 2008 was caused by human […]

Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor

Associated Press article published by The Houston Chronicle 17 April 2015 Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Protesters in kayaks greeted a rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic as it arrived Friday in Washington state following a journey across the Pacific that included […]

Greenpeace activists board drill rig retained by Shell for Arctic offshore drilling

Article by: DAN JOLING, Associated Press Updated: April 6, 2015  Greenpeace activists board drill rig retained by Shell for Arctic offshore drilling ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Six Greenpeace activists protesting Arctic offshore drilling on Monday boarded a drill rig as it was transported across the Pacific Ocean toward Seattle, where it will be staged for drilling on […]

Groups to sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet

SEATTLE (AP) – A coalition of environmental groups says it’s planning to sue to stop Royal Dutch Shell PLC from use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet. Groups to sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet Posted: Mar 02, 2015 6:13 PM GMT SEATTLE (AP) – A coalition of […]

New safety rules for offshore Arctic drilling proposed to avoid repeat of Shell disaster

New safety rules for offshore Arctic drilling proposed to avoid repeat of Shell disaster US officials want to make sure companies can handle a blow-out in remote and icy conditions – without inflicting an environmental disaster Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington The Obama administration proposed new rules for Arctic oil drilling on Friday in an attempt […]

Fracking Earthquakes

From an article by AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein published 14 Feb 2015 by Associated Press under the headline:  “STUDY: OKLAHOMA’S DAILY SMALL QUAKES RAISE RISK OF BIG ONES” SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and […]

Allseas backs down on Nazi ship name

Allseas Abandons Ship name By John Donovan  Associated Press has confirmed that after protests, the Allseas Dutch-Swiss maritime engineering company said Friday it will change the name of a giant ship that had been christened after a convicted Nazi. Allseas Group said that due to the “widespread reactions” Edward Heerema has announced that the name […]

Royal Dutch Shell Reports 57 Percent Drop in Net Income

LONDON — Jan 29, 2015, 3:42 AM ET: By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe’s largest oil company by market value, said Thursday that fourth quarter net income fell 57 percent to $773 million and that it would cap spending this year in response to falling oil prices. Shell is one first big […]

Plan to allow Shell oil drilling fleet in Seattle draws ire

BY PHUONG LE ASSOCIATED PRESS: 01/28/2015 9:43 PM: SEATTLE A plan to allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic drilling fleet is drawing opposition from environmental groups that say it’s not consistent with the region’s environmental goals. Several state and national groups, and local city leaders on Wednesday urged […]

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. […]

Shell Midstream Partners files for $750M IPO

NEW YORK — Shell Midstream Partners LP filed for an initial public offering that could be worth about $750 million before expenses and discounts. Shell Midstream was formed by Royal Dutch Shell, and it will focus on acquiring pipelines and other midstream assets. Shell Midstream’s assets include stakes in Zydeco Pipeline Co., Mars Oil Pipeline Co., […]

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 […]

Poor Management and Tax Dodging Led to Kulluk Grounding

Article by RACHEL D’ORO Associated Press published 4 April 2014 by ABC NEWS under the headline: “Report: Poor Management Led to Shell Grounding” A Coast Guard report says poor risk assessment and management were factors that led to the grounding of a Shell oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Alaska in 2012. The report […]

Shell 4Q earnings fall 74 percent

AMSTERDAM — Shell’s earnings have dropped by 74 percent in the fourth quarter from the same period a year ago, on a mix of higher exploration costs, lower production, and worse refining margins. The company, which warned on Jan. 17 weaker figures were coming, also had more one-time gains in 2013. Net profit for the quarter […]

4 states confirm water pollution from oil and gas drilling

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen. Extracting fuel […]

Shell-led consortium boosts production at Iraq’s prized Majnoon oil field

By Associated Press, Published: October 6 BAGHDAD — An Iraqi official says a consortium led by Royal Dutch Shell has boosted production at a prized oil field in the country’s south to 175,000 barrels a day, speaking at a ceremony formally inaugurating commercial production.The head of the state-run South Oil Company, Dhia Jaafar, said Sunday that […]

Calif city declares emergency over Shell Oil contamination

LOS ANGELES—The city of Carson declared a local emergency in a bid to spark faster cleanup of oil-tainted soil beneath hundreds of homes that residents say is a health danger. The council resolution said explosive methane and carcinogenic benzene are present under 285 homes that were built in the 1960s atop a former Shell tank […]

Shell to spend $3.9 billion in Nigeria

June 21, 2013 AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it will spend $3.9 billion on investments in Nigeria, including an effort to strengthen the Trans-Niger Pipeline that was shut down this week after it was damaged in a theft attack. In a statement Friday, the company said it plans to spend $1.5 billion […]

Shell Nigeria: Explosion forces closure of Trans Niger Pipeline

Environmental activists accuse Shell Nigeria of using oil theft as an excuse to cover up accidental spills. The company has to compensate local communities for spills not caused by theft. Shell Nigeria: Explosion forces closure of Trans Niger Pipeline carrying 150,000 barrels a day By Associated Press, Published: June 20 LAGOS, Nigeria — Shell Nigeria says […]

Shell says Kulluk left Dutch Harbor to avoid taxes

A Royal Dutch Shell official testified Saturday that tax avoidance was the main reason for having the Kulluk oil drilling rig leave Dutch Harbor in December — 10 days before its grounding off a remote Alaska island. Saturday May 25, 2013 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Royal Dutch Shell official testified Saturday that tax avoidance was […]

Iraq, Royal Dutch Shell kick off major gas project in oil-rich south

By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, May 1, 1:16 PM BAGHDAD — Royal Dutch Shell says it has officially kicked off a multibillion-dollar project to tap natural gas in Iraq’s south.The $17 billion joint venture will gather, process and market associated gas, a by-product of producing oil, from three oil fields in the petroleum-rich province of […]

ConocoPhillips delays 2014 Arctic marine drilling

By DAN JOLING, Associated Press 10 April 2013 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — ConocoPhillips Alaska announced Wednesday it will not drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northwest shore in 2014. Environmental groups hailed the decision and said the experience of Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 demonstrated that oil companies are not prepared to drill in […]

Gazprom, Shell to develop Arctic oil fields

The Associated Press: 8 April 2013 MOSCOW — Energy giants Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell PLC have agreed to jointly develop offshore Arctic oil fields, Russian media reported Monday. The companies will develop the Severo-Vrangelevsky field in the Chukchi Sea and the Severo-Zapadny field in the Pechora Sea. Russian Energy Minister Sergei Donskoy was quoted […]

Report Says Shell Unprepared for Arctic Drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska March 15, 2013 (AP) Shell was not fully prepared when it launched its trouble-plagued Arctic offshore drilling program last year, and the oil company also fell short in overseeing key contractors in the effort, according to a federal report released Thursday. The report follows a 60-day review by the Interior Department that focused […]

Shell, BASF To Pay Massive Compensation for Poisoning over 1,000 Brazilian Workers

By John Donovan: We have been please to assist at their request an association representing former workers at a Shell/Basf Chemicals factory in Brazil. The factory was built in 1977 by Shell. Dozens of former employees of the plant have been diagnosed with prostate, thyroid and other types of cancer, circulatory, liver and intestinal illnesses, as […]

Tugs towing Shell drill vessel to Dutch Harbor

A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling barge that ran aground New Year’s Eve is on the move from near Kodiak Island in Alaska to Dutch Harbor. The Associated Press: Originally published February 26, 2013 at 7:18 PM | Page modified February 26, 2013 at 7:21 PM ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling […]

Coast Guard Finds 16 Violations on Shell Ship

The U.S. Coast Guard has turned over its investigation of violations on a Royal Dutch Shell PLC Arctic drill ship to the Department of Justice, officials said Friday. By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska February 23, 2013 (AP) The U.S. Coast Guard has turned over its investigation of violations on a Royal Dutch Shell […]

Deep-Sea Drilling Muddies Political Waters

A deep-water drilling rig in the South China Sea operated by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, or Cnooc. Photo Credit Jin Liangkuai/Xinhua, via Associated Press By KATE GALBRAITH: A version of this article appeared in print on February 7, 2013, in The International Herald Tribune. AUSTIN, Tex. — The oceans deep are a repository […]

Dutch court rejects most of Shell spill case

A Dutch court has ruled that a subsidiary of international oil giant Royal Dutch Shell should be held responsible for pipeline leaks poisoning farmland in Nigeria. It was believed to be the first time a Dutch court has held a multinational’s foreign subsidiary liable for environmental damage and ordered it to pay damages. A Friends […]

Davos activists occupy Shell station to protest Arctic drilling, warn of environmental danger

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, January 25, 10:23 AM DAVOS, Switzerland — Activists with a big fake polar bear have occupied a Shell service station in the Swiss resort of Davos to protest Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s oil drilling in the Arctic. About 25 activists from around Europe chained gas pumps together Friday at the station near […]

Salvagers Tight-Lipped on Shell Vessel Recovery

By DAN JOLING Associated Press: ANCHORAGE, Alaska January 19, 2013 (AP) A spokeswoman for the united command overseeing the salvage of Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge that ran aground on a remote Alaska island says no new information will be released until a vessel assessment is completed. Shell’s drill vessel Kulluk (KUL’-uk) ran aground […]

Shell oil drilling vessel towed after running aground off Alaska island during storm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill vessel pulled from rocks off a remote Alaska island approached shelter Monday morning in a protected Kodiak Island bay. By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, January 7, 6:55 PM ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill vessel pulled from rocks off a remote Alaska island approached shelter […]

Kulluk in an uncontrolled, unplanned, totally screwed-up situation

It could take until spring for crews to remove a grounded oil-drilling ship from rocks near a remote Alaska island, thanks to the fury of the North Pacific winter, a veteran marine salvager said. “Now it’s in an uncontrolled, unplanned, totally screwed-up situation”… Alaska winter will challenge Shell ship salvage DAN JOLING | January 5, […]

Shell Drilling Barge Has Damaged Generators

A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill vessel aground off a remote Gulf of Alaska island is upright and stable but has suffered damage to generators and its upper deck. Like this:Like Loading…

Critics say grounding of Shell drill ship shows company not ready for Arctic offshore drilling

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, January 3, 6:59 AM ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The grounding of a petroleum drilling ship on a remote Alaska island has refueled the debate over oil exploration in the U.S. Arctic Ocean, where critics for years have said the conditions are too harsh and the stakes too high to allow dangerous industrial development.The […]

Shell drill ship runs aground on Alaskan island

Associated Press –  Shell Alaska says a drifting drill ship that broke loose from tow vessels during a severe storm has run aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island. Shell’s unified command center says the Kulluk grounded around 9 p.m. Monday. It says the crew of a tug boat had been ordered to separate […]

Shell Arctic Drill Ship adrift and in danger

By Associated Press — The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska Saturday 29 Dec — Rough weather prevented the Coast Guard from evacuating an 18-member crew of a stalled Shell drill ship in the Gulf of Alaska and another vessel is on the way to prevent the ship from drifting into the Trinity Islands. The Coast Guard […]

On Our Radar: Shell’s Oil-Spill Sea Trials

December 5, 2012, 11:24 am A release of e-mails in response to a Freedom of Information Act request yields more details on a debacle involving the containment dome that Shell aimed to deploy in the event of an oil spill in the Arctic. [KUOW] SOURCE Like this:Like Loading…

US seen overtaking Saudis as biggest oil producer

By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press /  November 12, 2012 The United States will become the world’s largest oil producer by around 2020, temporarily overtaking Saudi Arabia, as new exploration technologies help find more resources, the International Energy Agency forecast on Monday. In its World Energy Outlook, the energy watchdog also predicted that greater oil and natural […]

Shell ends 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling off Alaska

AP News By Dan Joling on October 31, 2012 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC has concluded drilling for the season in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s northwest and north coast. Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith says the company completed one top hole in both the Chukchi (chuck-CHEE’) and Beaufort (BO-fort) seas. Top […]