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Shell offshore drilling application prompts conflict-of-interest charge

By Charles Mandel | August 29th 2015 Shell Canada Limited is applying to bring offshore drilling to Nova Scotia’s waters. But environmentalists are raising alarm bells over potential conflict of interest, as the group reviewing Shell’s application — the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) — includes a board member who worked at Shell Canada and […]

Offshore petroleum board refutes conflict charge

JESSICA FLOWER: August 28, 2015  Despite a U.K. newspaper’s suggestion of a conflict of interest in the Shell offshore drilling proposal approval process, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board says it’s confident the steps it takes to eliminate any conflicts or unethical dealings neutralizes any concerns. The Guardian reported Wednesday about a potential conflict of interest […]

Why Royal Dutch Shell plc Is Facing Resistance In Canada

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Aug 28, 2015  Royal Dutch Shell plc’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) drilling in Canada will be coming in for resistance, as reported by the Guardian. The drilling plan in Nova Scotia’s southern shore has been approved by the country’s Environment Minister and is under the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board’s review. The Canadian Environment Ministry […]

Canadian agency deciding Shell’s offshore drilling includes ex-Shell official

News of Tory-appointed official follows on Environment Minister granting Shell up to 21 days to stop underwater oil spills. In contrast the United States requires Shell to have capping equipment on-site in Alaska within 24 hours. read more

INTERVIEW-Shell eyes Iran, to pay debt when sanctions end

TEHRAN | BY GUY FAULCONBRIDGE: Mon Aug, 2015 Aug 24 Royal Dutch Shell will repay a $2 billion debt to the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) when sanctions on Iran are lifted and will consider investing in the country’s vast energy sector, Shell’s boss for new business said. Much would depend on the terms offered […]

Hillary Clinton Says Arctic Drilling ‘Not Worth the Risk’

“The Arctic is a unique treasure,” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted. “Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk of drilling.” MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, a day after the Obama administration gave Royal Dutch Shell final approval to […]

Arctic drilling not consistent with Obama climate change fight, report says

Arctic drilling not consistent with Obama climate change fight, report says By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor The Obama administration’s crusade against climate change is “inconsistent” with allowing Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) to drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean, environmentalists warn in a new report. Pres. Obama has said he will consider climate […]

The New Cold War: The Arctic

It could set major oil companies against each other but also superpower against superpower as they scramble to exploit the last untapped giant reserves in a part of the world where territorial boundaries remain unclear. No wonder some fear a new cold war. FULL ARTICLE WELL WORTH READING

Can Shell afford Arctic oil?

Karl Mathiesen: Wednesday 12 August 2015 This is the first time the Anglo-Dutch giant’s star-crossed Arctic programme will drill deep enough to hit oil. The company has reportedly spent $7bn (£4.5bn) on getting to this point, including replacing its prize Kulluk rig after it ran aground off Alaska in 2012. For them to gain any […]

Ottawa rules one-day response to possible offshore spill too expensive

HALIFAX – The federal government says it is agreeing to an offshore drilling plan that allows up to 21 days to bring in capping technology for a subsea well blowout because requiring a shorter response time would be too expensive for Shell Canada Ltd. Nova Scotia environmentalists are questioning why the federal environmental protection agency […]

Shell given OK to take 21 days to cap a deep well oil blowout off N.S. coast

By Zachary Markan, CBC News Posted: Aug 05, 2015 Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq has signed off on Shell Canada’s plan for dealing with a potential deep-well blowout on the Shelburne Basin. Under its Well Containment Plan, Shell says it can have a primary capping stack in place within 12 to 21 days after a blowout. […]

Shell toughens local project hurdles

Matt Chambers: Resources Reporter: Melbourne: 31 July 2015 Oil major Shell has laid down tougher hurdles for its Australian projects including Browse LNG off Western Australia and Arrow coal-seam gas in Queensland. It has cut the oil price at which new projects need to go ahead and flagged a major LNG project ­pipeline overhaul if its planned […]

Here’s How Shell Can Restart Its Tar Sands Projects In Canada

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Exploring for new oil has now become a difficult task for the oil majors. Oil and gas are now mostly situated in the deep-waters, Canadian tar sands and the Arctic waters where the cost of exploration and production is very high. These high costs coupled with the lower crude oil prices make […]

Shell-led Canadian LNG deal gets environmental approvals

Shell-led Canadian LNG deal gets environmental approvals Thursday Jun 18, 2015 By Julie Gordon (Reuters) – Canada’s environment ministry said on Wednesday it approved a Royal Dutch Shell Plc-led liquefied natural gas export terminal on British Columbia’s coast, contingent on the project meeting 50 environmental, social and operational conditions. In her decision, federal Environment Minister […]

Shell Cleared For Exploration Off Nova Scotia

By Andy Tully: Posted on Wed, 17 June 2015 Shell Canada Ltd. is ready to begin exploratory drilling off the coast of Nova Scotia now that it has received conditional approval for the project from the country’s environmental minister. Canada’s Environmental Assessment Agency issued the decision the night of June 15 after the environmental minister, Leona […]

Shell Arctic Drill Rig Confronted at Sea by Indigenous Activists and Greenpeace Canada

Press release from Greenpeace June 17, 2015 – 4:51pm – By The Arctic Journal Indigenous artist and activist Audrey Siegl today approached the 300-foot-tall Polar Pioneer drill rig in an inflatable boat launched from the MY Esperanza, while two Greenpeace Canada swimmers spread out in the water behind her to put their bodies in the […]

Shell-led B.C. LNG project nears environmental approval

BRENT JANG: KITIMAT, B.C. — The Globe and Mail: Published Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2015: Last updated Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015 Shell and BG Group PLC announced plans in April to merge, sparking speculation that the combined entity will focus on Kitimat while placing BG’s Prince Rupert LNG project on the back burner. A liquefied natural gas consortium led by Royal […]

Shell gets go-ahead for Shelburne Basin drilling project

Shell gets go-ahead for Shelburne Basin drilling project SHERRI BORDEN COLLEY STAFF REPORTER: June 15, 2015  Shell Canada has received the green light to begin exploratory drilling off the coast of Nova Scotia later this year. The project cleared its final regulatory hurdle late Monday when federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq gave the company conditional approval. […]

Shell gets environmental ok for Canada offshore drilling project

Shell gets environmental ok for Canada offshore drilling project Markets | Mon Jun 15, 2015  Canada’s environment ministry on Monday said it had approved an East Coast offshore drilling project led by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, saying the exploration project was “not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.” The approval is contingent on the […]

U.S. Ousts Russia as Top World Oil, Gas Producer

Article by Rakteem Katakey published 10 June 2015 by Bloomberg.com The U.S. has taken Russia’s crown as the biggest oil and natural-gas producer in a demonstration of the seismic shifts in the world energy landscape emanating from America’s shale fields. U.S. oil production rose to a record last year, gaining 1.6 million barrels a day, according […]

Arctic drilling affects more than the Arctic, say Greenpeace campaign particpants

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic: May 28, 2015 Representatives from six of Canada’s First Nations are currently taking part in a Greenpeace campaign with a message that Arctic drilling has the potential to negatively  impact communities far beyond the North. “We know that the ongoing use of oil as a source of fuel is perpetuating […]

Energy groups ax $100B in total spending after oil rout

Article by: Carl Surran, SA News Editor, Seeking Alpha: 18 May 2015 Energy groups ax $100B in total spending after oil rout More than $100B of spending on at least 26 major projects by the world’s energy companies has been slowed, postponed or canceled in the wake of plunging oil prices, including Royal Dutch Shell […]

Shell exploration plans in Alaska stoke concern, hope in Canada

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted: May 13, 2015 Shell exploration plans in Alaska stoke concern, hope in Canada Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to explore for oil off Alaska’s northwestern coast are being closely watched in Canada with a mixture of hope and concern.  Earlier this week, the energy giant cleared a major hurdle when the U.S. Bureau […]

Shell braves a return to its Arctic ordeals: But, with oil at such a low price, why now?

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 13 May 2015 New Year’s Eve 2012 is a date Lieutenant Commander Jim Cooley will never forget. As part of the rescue team from the US Coast Guard he flew out in treacherous, stormy conditions to rescue 18 men aboard Royal Dutch Shell’s stranded Kulluk oil rig. Earlier that […]

Shell to take over marketing most of Alberta’s oil-royalty barrels

By Nia Williams CALGARY, Alberta, May 11 (Reuters) – Shell Trading Canada, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell (Xetra: R6C1.DE – news) , will take over the task of marketing nearly all the barrels of crude oil that the province of Alberta receives from producers as royalties. From June 1, Shell (LSE: RDSB.L – news) […]

Shell Canada: Carmon Creek oilsands project faces two-year delay

DAN HEALING, CALGARY HERALD: Published on: May 8, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell says first oil production from its 80,000-barrel-per-day Carmon Creek thermal oilsands project northeast of Peace River in northern Alberta will be delayed for two years until 2019. The project was sanctioned by the company in October 2013 and estimated by analysts at the time […]

FINANCIAL TIMES One is seen as a sprawling behemoth, the other a nimble buccaneer. For fans of a “small is beautiful” approach to oil and gas exploration, there appears little to love in Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed £55bn takeover of BG Group. FULL FT ARTICLE RELATED FT LINKS On this story Speed of Shell’s swoop […]

Nigeria: Shell Rules Out Divestment in Nigeria, Others This Year

Article by Daniel Adugbo published 1 May 2015 by AllAfrica.com Shell Rules Out Divestment in Nigeria, Others This Year Royal Dutch Shell said yesterday it had reduced its expected 2015 capital expenditure (capex) to $33 billion from $35 billion as the company continues to adjust its business to the lower oil-price. Releasing its first-quarter results […]

Shell cuts 2015 capex, sees downstream downturn

Shell cuts 2015 capex, sees downstream downturn London (Platts)–30 Apr 2015 * Capex reduced by more than $2 billion * Decision on Majnoon development pushed back to 2017 * CFO says refining margins already worsening Shell said Thursday it had reduced its expected 2015 capital expenditure to $33 billion from previous guidance of a little […]

Shell takes hit of £3.2bn amid weak oil price as UK companies’ profit warnings go up

By JON REES, FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY: 26 April 2015 Shell is expected to report this week that the weak oil price wiped two-thirds off its earnings in the first three months of the year. The Anglo-Dutch oil giant, which has tabled a £46billion cash-and-shares deal to buy British gas explorer BG Group, is poised to […]

BP, Shell ship Canada crude cargoes from Texas to Europe: ClipperData

(Reuters) – BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell each have shipped cargoes of Canadian crude oil out of the Texas coast this month, according to industry firm ClipperData, highlighting a once-rare journey that is expected to become more common. The two Aframax tankers loaded from Enterprise Products Partners LP’s export terminal in Freeport, Texas, according to the […]

Shell will resume drilling off Alaska coast: U.S. Arctic envoy

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell will resume drilling off Alaska after suspending operations for two years in the wake of an accident, the special U.S. envoy to the Arctic said on Monday, but gave no details as to when. Shell has been moving oil rigs to Alaska as it awaits the […]

Shell sees only 15%-20% of Canada LNG projects advancing

Article by Carl Surran published 25March 2015 by SeekingAlpha.com Shell sees only 15%-20% of Canada LNG projects advancing A top executive at Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) says he expects only 15%-20% of liquefied natural gas export projects already approved by the Canadian government to go ahead in the next decade. Markus Hector, Shell’s general […]

Massive Layoffs Occurring in the Oil Industry

From an article by Wall Street Sector Selector Staff published 19 March 2015 read more

Prices Fall to a Six-Year Low for U.S. Oil

Article by Stanley Reed published 17 March 2015 in the New York edition of the New York Times Prices Fall to a Six-Year Low for U.S. Oil Oil prices fell to six-year lows on Monday in the face of concerns that a glut in the United States was outpacing already-brimming storage facilities. Additionally, the Organization […]

JP Morgan Warns Royal Dutch Shell Investors

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Mar 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm EST In a report published on Monday, JP Morgan has advised the stock market participants to keep an eye on the “five key factors” that could undermine RoyalDutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) earnings during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 (1QFY15). JP Morgan is of […]

Keystone and the Riddle of the Tar Sands

BY MARK DOWIE 2/25/15 AT 10:49 PM Late 21st-century graduate students of business studying the growing problem of stranded assets will almost certainly focus on the history of Canada’s Athabasca Oil Sands (a.k.a. the tar sands). The case studies they read will either describe the gradual abandonment of the world’s largest reserve of bituminous crude […]

Canada’s energy slump to wipe out $23-billion over two years

From an article by Jeff Lewis published 24 Feb 2015 by The Globe and Mail under the headline: Canada’s energy slump to wipe out $23-billion over two years Extracts The slump in Alberta’s energy sector is set to wipe out billions more in corporate earnings, complicating growth plans and putting investor dividends at greater risk. […]

Another nail in the coffin of tar sands

BBC NEWS: Obama vetoes Keystone oil pipeline bill: 24 Feb 2015 US President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Republican-led Congress sent the bill to the president on Tuesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama vetoed the bill “without any drama or […]

Why Shell Withdrew Application For Pierre River Oil Sands Project

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Feb 24, 2015 at 7:48 am EST Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) indicated on Monday that it has withdrawn the application to develop Pierre River Oil Sands in northern Alberta. The oil sands mine was first proposed by Shell Canada in 2007. The Pierre River oil sands are estimated to […]