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Fracking earthquakes

Extracts from a BBC News article by Matt McGrath published 3 July 2014 under the headline: Wastewater from energy extraction ‘trigger US quake surge’ Massive injections of wastewater from the oil and gas industry are likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the state of Oklahoma. Researchers say there has been a […]

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 […]

Explosions and fire at Dutch Shell plant

Extracts from a BBC News report 3 June 2014 – last updated 23.29 A large fire has broken out at a Shell chemical plant in the Netherlands following a series of explosions, reports say. Television footage showed flames and smoke pouring from the plant in Moerdijk, south of Rotterdam. It is not known if there […]

Shell issued with improvement notice after Nelson platform incident

BBC News report published 29 May 2014 Oil firm Shell has been issued with an improvement notice after an incident on a North Sea platform led to a partial downmanning of workers. It happened on the Nelson installation in March. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said Shell failed to ensure that a flexible hose […]

Shell, the Brunei Royal Family and Sharia Law

His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei meeting Malcolm (TFA) Brinded, Shell’s then Executive Director, Upstream International By John Donovan There may be some relief by Muslim employees of Shell Brunei at the news that “Brunei has postponed the introduction of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin on Tuesday.” Fortunately for Shell, the […]

‘Orphan’ oil wells warning for fracking

By James Morgan Science reporter, BBC News 24 March 2014 Plans to expand shale gas “fracking” in the UK must learn from leaks and poor monitoring at existing onshore oil and gas sites, scientists say. A review of 2,152 wells drilled from 1902-2013 found up to 100 “orphaned” wells for which no firm is responsible. […]

Ex Shell chief economist Vince Cable says ‘no-one needs to earn £1m a year’

Extracts from a BBC News article published 15 March 2014 under the headline: Vince Cable says ‘no-one needs to earn £1m a year’ Business Secretary Vince Cable has said he does not understand why people need to earn £1m per year. “I’ve asked one or two of the more sympathetic bankers to explain it to […]

Royal Dutch Shell profits hit during ‘challenging’ 2013

Article published by BBC News 13 March 2014 Royal Dutch Shell had a “challenging year” in 2013 in part due to a deteriorating security situation in Nigeria, the company said. Profits from refining operations were hit in Asia and Europe by an oversupply of global capacity and lower demand, the company said. Annual profits at […]

The Scottish play

Extracts from an article by Stephen Wilmot published on 12 March 2014 by investors CHRONICLE Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) became the latest corporate giant to weigh into the Scottish referendum debate last week. “We’d like to see Scotland remain part of the United Kingdom,” said chief executive Ben van Beurden at the company’s annual reception […]

Scottish independence: Shell boss wants Scotland to ‘remain in UK’

Extract from an article published on 5 March 2014 by BBC News The chief executive of the oil company Shell has said he would like Scotland to “remain part of the UK”. Addressing the company’s annual reception in London on Wednesday, Ben van Beurden said he valued the “continuity and stability” of the UK. Last […]

Shell in $2.6bn Australia asset sale

Extract from BBC News article published 21 Feb 2014 Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell its Australian downstream business to oil trading firm Vitol for $2.6bn (£1.6bn). The sale includes Shell’s refinery in Geelong, 870 service stations, its bulk fuels and chemicals unit and part of its lubricants business. Recent disinvestments by […]