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You are here Stakes are too high with Arctic drilling, and Shell isn’t ready

From an article by Lois Epstein published 21 Jan 2015 by Alaska Dispatch News Extracts Two years ago on New Year’s Eve, Shell’s Kulluk Arctic offshore drilling rig grounded near Kodiak Island. It was an industrial calamity heard around the world, including a cover story in the Jan. 4 issue of The New York Times […]

Al Gore: oil companies ‘use our atmosphere as an open sewer’

From an article by Jo Confino published by The Guardian 21 Jan 2015 Al Gore: “Companies are insisting on their right to use our atmosphere as an open sewer. In London a long time ago, a famous doctor connected the dots between sewage and cholera. We are connecting the dots between dirty energy and dirty weather, […]

Shell fined nearly $1 million for falsely selling green motor fuel

SHELL FOUND TO HAVE MISLABELLED ULTRA-LOW SULFUR DIESEL From ClickGreen staff. Published Tuesday 20 Jan 2015 under the headline: Shell slapped with near-$1 million fine for falsely selling green motor fuel The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a settlement with three companies affiliated with Shell Oil Company to resolve Clean Air Act violations, […]

Detoxifying Shell’s online image: Possible or Impossible? 

By John Donovan  Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Possible as its global digital agency, starting with corporate brand work. Seems a safe assumption that one important aspect will be an attempt to detoxify the reputation of Shell, which has recently agreed to pay huge settlements of litigation arising from environmental pollution in Nigeria and the […]

Arctic Explorers Retreat From Hostile Waters With Oil Prices Low

From an article by Mikael Holter published 14 Jan 2015 by Bloomberg under the headline: “Arctic Explorers Retreat From Hostile Waters With Oil Prices Low” When Statoil ASA (STL) acquired the last of three licenses off Greenland’s west coast in January 2012, oil at more than $110 a barrel made exploring the iceberg-ridden waters an […]

Internal documents reveal industry ‘pattern of behavior’ on toxic chemicals

Decades after its release, a lawyer for Shell Oil Company flagged the 1948 report as being potentially damaging in lawsuits and gave out instructions to “avoid unnecessary disclosure of sensitive documents or information” and “disclose sensitive benzene documents only on court order.” From an article by David Heath and Jim Morris published by The Center […]

What Shell’s Settlement of Environmental Pollution in Ogoni Means

An article by guest contributor Ben Ikari The recent settlement by $hell Petroleum Development Company of $83.5 million to the Ogoni community of Bodo, as out-of-court compensation in the United Kingdom, for two oil spills caused by company’s negligence in 2008, is a sign of hope. It is a welcome development in the Ogoni struggle […]

Carousel neighborhood of Carson: Home Sweet Home

At some point, the three underground tanks and drainage fields that had been connected to the Shell oil refinery began to leak oil and chemicals – turning a once-appealing neighborhood into a place where hundreds of homes sit atop 161,700 cubic yards of toxic sludge. Ultra-hazardous chemicals were found in the soil, including methane and […]

BP To Cut Jobs And Capital Spending

Bidness Etc discusses the capital spending reduction and job cuts planned by BP for this year and the reasons for doing so. Future prospects of the oil giant are also looked upon By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN Published: Jan 8, 2015 at 8:56 am EST BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP) is looking to divest more assets in the […]

Shell in court again, this time Canada

From an article published by the observer.ca on 7 Jan 2015 under the headline: “Shell to appear Feb 13 in Sarnia court” Shell Canada has been charged by Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change following a Jan. 11, 2013 incident at its plant near Corunna. Ministry spokesperson Kate Jordan said in an email that […]

Shell’s disastrous foray into Arctic waters

From an article by Joel Connelly published 7 Jan 2015 by Seattlepi.com under the headline: “Will Port of Seattle be repair center for Shell Oil’s Arctic vessels? Extracts The Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 is being proposed as a repair and service center for vessels engaged in Shell Oil’s troubled, delayed program to drill for […]